While the Only Watch charity auction usually presents unique pieces in order to raise funds to help research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, this year some brands are going a few steps further by not only having unique watches but also offering, in the package, special experiences (such as Bell & Ross, Carl F. Bucherer and Blancpain). This is also the case for Chopard, who for Only Watch 2017, will present a unique high-beat watch in honor of legendary pilot Jacky Ickx (the Chopard Superfast 8Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017) – and speaking of Mr. Ickx, there’s something priceless that you’ll be able to bid on too…
For the occasion of Only Watch 2017, Chopard presents a unique watch, not only in terms of design, but also on the mechanical side – which is always a pleasant feature. Visually, the watch takes as its base the bold and racing-oriented Superfast Chrono made to celebrate the partnership with Porsche Racing, especially the 919 Hybrid cars that race at the Le Mans. With a 45mm diameter, a large and thick bezel bolted to the case with 8 screws, a titanium case decorated with lines reminiscent of racing cars’ pedals and a textured dial with large numerals for optimal legibility, this quite masculine watch certainly befits the racing theme to which it pays a tribute.
However, for once, there will be no chronograph complication. The Chopard Superfast 8Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017 is a 3-hander with date and power reserve – which is, of course shaped like a fuel gauge. For the Only Watch 2017 edition, the Geneva-based manufacture has chosen a matte blue dial, with a matching hollowed leather strap. On the dial is the signature of legendary pilot Jacky Ickx. However, the main novelty is to be found on the back, with a movement developed for this special edition. Inside is the in-house developed Calibre 01.11-M. which in terms of decoration, uses the same style as the other Superfast movements, meaning an openworked oscillating weight and bridges that are worked out like the air vents of a high-performance engine. But there’s more.
Indeed, the Chopard Superfast 8Hz Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017, as indicated by its name, has a high-frequency oscillating organ, with a 57,600vph / 8Hz frequency, which enables greater precision as well as faster running resumption in case of shocks or disturbances that are frequent in motorsports. This is achieved through the use of a specific silicon escapement. Thanks to this, it is also chronometer certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). The movement offers a 60-hour power reserve.
A unique and priceless experience: for its 6th participation to the Only Watch charity auction, Chopard has decided not only to offer a unique watch but also a special experience for the successful bidder. Indeed, Jacky Ickx himself participated in the design of the Chopard Superfast 8HZ Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017, and a memorable week-end at the Monaco Historique GP 2018, in the presence of Jacky Ickx, is also included.
Only Watch is a biennial fundraiser for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy – Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (AMM). Organized under the patronage of HSH Albert II de Monaco, the 7th edition gathers a record 48 participants. Only Watch 2017 will be auctioned by Christie’s in Geneva in November 2017. For more information, please visit www.onlywatch.com.
Specifications – Chopard Superfast 8HZ Power Control Porsche 919 Only Watch 2017
- Case: 45mm diameter x 12.4mm thick – titanium grade 5 case – sapphire crystal on both sides – 100m water resistant
- Movement: Calibre 01.11-M, in-house, COSC certified – automatic – 8Hz frequency – 60h power reserve – time, power reserve and date
- Strap: blue leather strap with titanium folding clasp
- Unique Piece for Only Watch 2017
- Reference: 168593-3002
- Estimate: CHF 19,500