Close Up: Chopard Classic Racing Superfast Collection

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Romain Dumas wearing the Chopard Classic Racing Superfast Power Control in stainless steel.

This summer Chopard deepened its ties to the world of motorsports with the announcement that it is the new sponsor of race car driver Romain Dumas.

The highly competitive Dumas has won some of the toughest endurance races around the world, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring Endurance Race, the American Le Mans Series, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and most recently, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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Dumas roars past an official during the Pikes Peak, which pushes competitors to climb a gruelling 14,110 feet.

Dumas is a fitting choice for Chopard, especially its Classic Racing Superfast Collection. Inspired by high-speed race cars, this collection features design details like dials that echo the cooling fins of an engine, to numerals and hands that mimic rev counters and speedometers, and rubber straps imprinted with racing tire treads.

Haute Time recently had the chance to see the Classic Racing Superfast Collection at the Chopard boutique in New York City. Here’s an exclusive look.

Classic Racing Superfast Automatic

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Classic Racing Superfast Automatic Reference 161290-5001

The 41mm Classic Racing Superfast Automatic features an 18K rose gold case and bezel, secured by eight visible screws. The black rubber-moulded crown is also in 18K rose gold, and features a steering wheel logo.

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Classic Racing Superfast Automatic Reference 161290-5001

The sapphire crystal caseback showcases the Chopard 01.01-M, a chronometer-certified (COSC) mechanical self-winding movement which works at a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and boasts a 60-hour power reserve. Functions include hours and minutes, a red central chronograph hand, and a date indicator at 6 o’clock.

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Classic Racing Superfast Automatic Reference 161290-5001

The black dial features vertical anthracite stripes, and Superluminova-enhanced gold-toned hour and minute hands and hour-markers. It is completed by a tire tread-style black rubber strap with an 18K rose gold folding clasp.

We also saw the Classic Racing Superfast Automatic in stainless steel.

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Classic Racing Superfast Automatic Reference 168536-3001

Classic Racing Superfast Power Control

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Classic Racing Superfast Power Control Reference 161291-5001

The 45mm Classic Racing Superfast Power Control features an 18K rose gold case, bezel, and crown. We also saw the stainless steel version of this timepiece.

The black dial features vertical anthracite stripes and Superluminova-enhanced gold-toned hour and minute hands and hour-markers. In addition to hours and minutes, there is a date window at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 6 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator between 8 and 10 o’clock.

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Classic Racing Superfast Power Control Reference 168537-3001

This timepiece is powered by the Chopard 01.02-M, a mechanical self-winding movement with a 60-hour power reserve. Visible via the sapphire crystal caseback, this Chronometer-certified (COSC) movement features a balance wheel with four spokes, a micro-regulator with screws, bridges with see-through engine finish, and a circular-grained main plate.

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Classic Racing Superfast Power Control Reference 168537-3001

Classic Racing Superfast Chrono

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Classic Racing Superfast Chrono Reference 161284-5001

The 45mm Classic Racing Superfast Chrono comes in either 18K rose gold or stainless steel. Water resistant to 100 meters, it features a black rubber-moulded crown and pushers. The bezel, in either 18K rose gold or stainless steel, depending on the version, features a tachymeter scale.

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Classic Racing Superfast Chrono Reference 168535-3001

The open caseback, protected by a glare-proofed sapphire crystal, showcases the Chopard 03.05-M, a mechanical self-winding movement. Boasting a chronometer certificate issued by the COSC, this movement features 45 rubies, a heavy metal oscillating weight, a balance wheel with four spokes, a micro-regulator with screws, and a flat balance spring. It supplies 60 hours of power reserve.

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Classic Racing Superfast Chrono Reference 168535-3001

Functions include hours and minutes, a central chronograph hand with flyback function, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock, small seconds at 6 o’clock, and a 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock.

The black dial features vertical anthracite stripes, and Superluminova-enhanced gold-toned hour and minute hands and hour-markers. It is completed by a tire tread-style black rubber strap with a folding clasp in either 18K rose gold or stainless steel.

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Classic Racing Superfast Chrono Reference 161284-5001

Photo credit: Haute Time.

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