Luxury watchmaker Chopard has long standing roots in motorsports and has kept time at many iconic and historic races. The latest creation from the design house is a highly engineered and precision crafted piece that pays homage to that car company from Stuttgart that churns out larger highly engineered and precision crafted machines.
The Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition celebrates the sports car brand’s back to back World Endurance Car Championship titles in 2015 and 2016.
The timepiece boldly carries many Porsche design elements including speedometer graphics, torx screws and track inspired markings. Like the Porsche 919 it commemorates, the HF Edition also employs a hybrid movement system which results in highly accurate time keeping and power efficiency.
The Superfast is is a dual purpose watch which is equally purposeful behind the wheel of a fast moving Porsche or at the cuff of an elegant tuxedo (or little black dress as this watch wears well on both sexes). Limited to 100 examples ensures future desirability and collectability.
Read the official press release from Chopard for more details:
Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition
High frequency for high performance
Lightness, efficiency, technicality: the new Chopard high-frequency watch epitomises pure performance. The Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition is a tribute from the Maison to its partner Porsche Motorsport’s success in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). It has a lot in common with the car that has been monopolising the podium at the various championship events: the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Further proof of the technical and performance-oriented culture defining Chopard watchmaking.
Partnering the Porsche Motorsport LMP1 team since its return to the Endurance championship in 2014, Chopard is launching a limited series to celebrate the many successes achieved by the Stuttgart-based manufacturer in the World Endurance Championship. Thanks to the 919 Hybrid, Porsche won back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016. In tribute to this incredible embodiment of technology, power and efficiency, Chopard has transposed its virtues into an all-black-clad high-frequency chronometer. The Chopard Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition stems from the performance-driven culture characterising both Chopard and Porsche Motorsport.
The technologies used by Chopard to create Superfast watches bear strong similarities to those featured on the Porsche 919. The car chassis is made of aluminium and carbon fibre composite to ensure maximum lightness and rigidity. The Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition is made of beadblasted titanium that is ultra-light, comfortable and resistant. The latter quality is reinforced by a black DLC treatment based on the technical possibilities afforded by carbon and rendering this timepiece virtually scratchproof.
The Porsche 919 is powered by a 2-litre, 400hp V4 turbo engine, coupled with a 500hp electric engine. Chopard calibre 01.11-M is also a hybrid. It was entirely developed, produced and assembled within the workshops of Fleurier Ebauches and represents a watershed between two generations of materials. It is made of brass and steel, with a silicon oxide escapement at its heart. The turbochargers of the 919 are maintained at optimal rpm by an electric engine, thus enabling maximum acceleration thrust. In much the same way, Chopard calibre 01.11-M operates at the ultra-high 8Hz frequency that Chopard is the only watchmaker to use and master.
Its regulating organ oscillating at 57,600 vibrations per hour boasts an exceptional rate-resumption capacity. In case of jarring or vibrations, which are of course extremely frequent during the World Endurance Championship, the precision of Chopard calibre 01.11-M is protected by this brisk cadence. Just like the Porsche 919 which regularly sets new energy efficiency records, the Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition flaunts a run time of around 60 hours, whereas its energy-consuming high frequency would normally have implied reduced autonomy. Sophisticated fine-tuning has enabled Chopard to maintain this generous power reserve.
Above and beyond these similarities with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, the Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition is an integral part of the Superfast collection. Its broad 45 mm diameter makes it a distinctive chronometer, dedicated to racing buffs, aficionados and drivers. Its wide bezel is secured by eight black PVD-treated steel screws, giving it a first technical touch – an impression subsequently reinforced by the new model’s hands. The latter are cut-out and therefore extremely light, as well as being well contrasted and broad to enhance legibility. The contrast theme is also picked up on the minute circle graduated with Arabic numerals like a rev counter, as well as on the railway-track scale with its super-fine graduations, the hour-markers, the date and the power-reserve indicator – all of which appear in white against the black background of a matt dial.
The dial bears the four signatures that define the personality of the Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition. The first is the Chopard logo, spelt out in straight, clean-cut baton-type letters. The second is the “Chronometer” inscription recalling that this watch is equipped with a movement chronometer-certified by the COSC, reflecting the permanent demand for chronometer-level precision sought after by Chopard and its co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. The third signature is the letter H with an arrow sign characterising Chopard high-frequency watches; while the fourth and last is the white-on-red number 919, a nod to the Porsche 919 Hybrid that inspired this 100-piece limited series.
The sporting nature of the Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition is visible in each and every detail. Its strap is made of smooth rubber like the huge slick tyres of the 919, featuring a uniform surface that enhances traction and performance. The finishing of calibre 01.11-M is inspired by car engines. Its bridges are openworked with thin parallel lines and its rotor is skeletonised. Its broad crown is protected by a dedicated rubber moulding and guard, thus ensuring improved security and a firmer grip.
The Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition is an impressive watch featuring an ‘engine’, materials, technologies, treatments and settings that are all worthy of a finely tuned racing car.
Chopard and Porsche Motorsport definitively share a love of automobile engineering and of quality tested in the most demanding environments.
- Black DLC-coated beadblasted titanium
- Total diameter 45 mm
- Thickness 4 mm
- Water resistance 100 metres
- Matt black rubber-moulded screw-locked crown
with steering wheel in DLC-coated stainless steel 8 mm
- Glareproofed sapphire crystal
- Open-caseback bearing the “Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport LMP1 Team” inscription and Porsche Motorsport logo
- Inner bezel ring engraved with white lacquered engraving
- Engraved and lacquered black DLC-coated
titanium bezel, 8 PVD-coated black steel screws
- Self-winding movement Chopard 01.11-M
- Total diameter 8 mm
- Number of jewels 37
- Power reserve 60 hours
- Frequency 57,600 vph (8Hz)
- Chronometer-certified (COSC)
- Escapement (impulse-pin, pallet-lever and escape-wheel) in silicon
Dial and hands:
- Matt black dial with red, white and grey transfers
- Red and white “919” logo at 6 o’clock
- Transferred seconds and quarter-seconds graduations
- Rhodiumed, hollowed-out, Super-Luminova®-enhanced hours and minutes hands
- Red-tipped rhodium-plated central sweep-seconds hand
- Rhodium-plated baton-shaped power-reserve indicator hand
- Rhodium-plated Super-Luminova®-enhanced hour-markers
Functions and displays:
- Display of the hours, minutes and centre seconds
- Quarter-second indication
- Date window at 3 o’clock
- Power-reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Strap and buckle:
- Black rubber strap with slick tyre pattern
- Folding clasp in black DLC-coated beadblasted titanium
Ref. 168593-3001 – 100-piece limited edition
By Doron Levy Courtesy TheTopTier Digital Media / Chopard