When it comes to racing-oriented watches, Chopard has an interesting legitimacy to offer to watch lovers. Besides the Mille Miglia collection (that has been renewed this year with a quite cool design and in-house movements), the brand also has another highly masculine and robust collection, the Superfast. This chronograph has already been the base for a specific edition dedicated to Porsche and the 24h of Le Mans. For Only Watch 2015, Chopard will donate a unique edition of the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 made together with Le Mans driver Mark Webber.
The Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 is not a total stranger to us, as earlier this year, Chopard came with an edition dedicated to the Porsche 919 that won Le Mans and designed with racing-legend Jacky Ickx and last year, Chopard already introduced an edition of this watch, also celebrating the partnership with Porsche Racing. This year, the Superfast Chrono (we previously introduced the entire Superfast collection) comes in a unique edition for only Watch 2015, made together with the brand’s ambassador and pilot Mark Webber. This edition boasts a few visual adjustments to create a one-of-a-kind timepiece. The Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Mark Webber Edition has the same 45mm than the previous Porsche 919 Edition, with a rugged and sporty shape: large screwed bezel engraved with a tachymeter scale, rubberized crown and, striated flanks, large 60-minute scale on the inner flange. However, the case is here made for the first time in titanium and is partially coated with black DLC – on the lugs and on the crown protection.
The dial itself still uses the same design as the 2014 edition, meaning a fully silvery-white plate (while the Jacky Ickx edition was featuring contrasting sub-counters in dark blue). Technically, the watch remains equivalent to the production pieces, meaning that it features an interesting in-house movement developed at the Fleurier Ebauches ateliers. The Calibre Chopard 03.05-M is an integrated automatic chronograph engine, actuated by a column wheel, chronometer certified by COSC, boasting 60 hours of power reserve and featuring a flyback function. The look and finish of this movement (that can’t be seen through an exhibition back but instead the watch features a full back engraved with unique inscriptions and Mark Webber’s signature) is kind of special, as all the bridges are fully opened with vertical lines, again a reference to racing cars and their ventilation grids. The bridges are chamfered and the screw-heads polished.
This Unique Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Mark Webber (as well as 42 other watches) will be auctioned by Phillips Watches on 7 November 2015 in Geneva, with all funds benefiting research of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. More details to found here.