June 23rd 2015

Interviewing iconic Jacky Ickx at the 24 Hours of Le Mans


We are proud to release the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition, an exceptional chronograph that celebrates the driver’s outstanding career. Jacky Ickx is a man of many talents and a six-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, a record he held for years and which earned him the famous nickname of « Monsieur Le Mans ».

This exclusive edition was the perfect occasion to sit down with this legendary driver. Immersed in a frenetic atmosphere with the sound of roaring cars in the background, he told us about his relationship with Le Mans, as well as his 25-year-long friendship with Chopard’s Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, which had already lead to five previous Special Edition watches in his honor: “With Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, we already created other Jacky Ickx Edition watches. This one is the continuity of what we started, except that it is numbered and limited to 100 pieces, while the others were released in 250, 500 or 1000 pieces. The idea was obviously to link it with Chopard’s partnership with Porsche Motorsport. The objects that they work on might be of different sizes, but in the end, Porsche and Chopard are driven by the same intellectual values and the same precision.“ A watch’s exactness is indeed key to Jacky Ickx: “We fight against the clock and against time, and we need a precise tool to measure it”.

But, if Monsieur Le Mans values an infallible watch for racing, he also points out that he has been wearing watches all his life, and that owning a beautiful timepiece is very important to him: “I find it wonderful that watches are the biggest part of the few jewels that a man can wear”.

In terms of design, the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition is a vibrant tribute to the icon’s most glorious years, he who won four of his six Le Mans victories running with Porsche says: “I wanted to use the colors that were on my racing helmet at the time, white and dark blue. On the dial you will see elements that are a reference to a time that is behind me, always in line with Porsche’s codes.“ Indeed, the contrasting shades stand out elegantly against a silver-toned dial echoing the metallic grey of the German manufacturer, while the dial stripes are reminiscent of the rear diffuser of the Porsche 919 Hybrid, the car that won the 2015 Edition, scoring the 17th Le Mans Porsche victory.

Speaking of cars, we asked him about the ones he preferred to run with during his career: “Cars that placed you on a podium’s first step unquestionably are your favorites. But if I have such a record in endurance racing, it is because I have run with Porsche for 10 years, and when you run with this manufacturer you know you are very likely to win. These victories are the result of people you never see, who create, make and prepare the cars. They work anonymously but they are truly passionate about what they do and they do it 100%”, says he, before concluding: “First there was a real Ickx / Le Mans story, then there was a Chopard / Ickx / Le Mans, and now there is a Chopard / Ickx / Porsche / Le Mans story”. If the first story had already known a spectacular happy-ending, we have no doubt the other two will also have their own, especially when we look at their latest shifts: the victory of Porsche MotorSport at Le Mans 2015 and Chopard’s release of the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition.