In the hot seat with Chopard and Porsche for 24 hours of Le Mans 2016

What drives you?

Text: Angelyn Kwek

Welcome to the world of high-octane racing and haute horlogerie

Ask any motorsports enthusiast and they will surely extol speed and stamina as key tenets to a winning team. Backing up this unbeatable formula for victory, Chopard and Porsche have teamed up since the 2014 World Endurance Championship series to attain title after title. As the prestigious Le Mans 2016 descended upon the Circuit de la Sarthe racetrack over the past week from 15th till 19th of June, Chopard once again accompanies Porsche Motorsport and the German team on their road to victory with the launch of the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition.

Chopard and Porsche: Superfast Chrono 919 Black Edition

A piece of mechanical engineering that expounds the balance between man and machine, this limited chronograph takes inspiration from the new Porsche 919 Hybrid — the power vehicle that clinched the win at this year's 84th edition of Le Mans. Built for endurance and performance, this singular timepiece models itself after the sleek aesthetics of the Porsche 919 Hybrid with a 45mm diametre titanium casing — the material favoured by motorsport racers for its tough yet lightweight properties.

Bead-blasted and blackened by a diamond-like carbon treatment for the utmost in scratch resistance, and secured with a bezel bearing a lacquered titanium tachymetric scale, the watch has an additional water resistance of up to 100 metres. Further boosting its powerful presence, two rubber-coated pushers — one in a matte black and the other in striking red — frame the dial, controlling the zero-reset and chronograph start-stop function respectively.

Chopard and Porsche: Superfast Chrono 919 Black Edition

Completing the sharp sophistication of this Chopard masterpiece, the dial's centre evokes etched grooves that replicate the cooling fins of race car engines, contrasted against glowing white numerals and vivid red accents. A fiercely distinctive timepiece, the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition is no slouch either when it comes to its internal mechanisms, housing the calibre 03.05M that is exclusively crafted and assembled in Chopard's Fleurier Ebauches workshops.

Chopard and Porsche: Superfast Chrono 919 Black Edition

Certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) for its remarkable self-winding precision, 60-hour power reserve and flyback function, the rightly appointed official timepiece for the Porsche team is nothing short of cutting-edge horological perfection. A reflection of the shared passion and drive that fuels Chopard and Porsche Motorsport, this is the chronograph for winners by winners.

The 100-piece limited edition Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition is available only at Chopard boutiques.