Le Mans: and the Winner is… Chopard Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition
Chopard, Porsche Motorsport’s official timekeeper ever since the automaker returned to the World Endurance Championship in 2014, decided to present a 45-millimeter Porsche 919 Black Edition chronograph in black titanium PVD. This timepiece comes in a limited edition of 100 pieces. Its look was clearly inspired by the two cars that were on the front line at the start of the legendary endurance race of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 18 and 19.
The dynamic Porsche Hybrids running in the LMP 1 category soon found themselves in the grips of the Toyotas and Audis in the group. In spite of a problem with the water pump in the No. 1 Porsche 919, the Porsche 919 No.2 did entertain the possibility of a well-earned second place just a few minutes from the close of the 24 hours of the race. But nothing is over in auto racing until it’s over. Before the checkered flag fell, Toyota had a serious break-down, giving Porsche the opportunity to clinch the victory 4 minutes and 45 seconds away from the official end of the race. Just before, the No. 2 car was clocking in with a 33-second delay over the leading Toyota.
As fate would have it, the Porsche 919 Black Edition chronograph series, driven by the automatic caliber 03.05-M manufactured by Chopard, has now become a little more special. Because this watch, which comes in a very limited edition and was inspired by the car that became a victor, will now always recall the end of this race, unique so far in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.