It was 40 years ago that Porsche chalked up its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Limited to an edition of 917 pieces, the new Porsche Design P’6612 Dashboard Le Mans 1970 Limited Edition chronograph celebrates a key event in Porsche’s motor racing history – the day the legend that is Porsche became fact. The winning car – the legendary red-white-red Porsche 917 K bearing start number 23 – was driven by Porsche works drivers Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood.
Porsche’s Type 917 set a series of benchmarks in 1970: its air-cooled 12-cylinder midship engine boasted a 4.5-litre displacement delivering 580 HP at 8400 rpm. This propelled the 800 kg or so long-tail version of the car to speeds in excess of 400 km/h (248 mph) on the Hunaudières straight. For its part, the short-tailed 917 K could hit 350 km/h (217 mph). The terrible weather that blighted the race days on the 13/14 June 1970 meant that speed alone was never going to be the deciding factor; instead, saving the day was the racing genius of the drivers: Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood were first across the winning line in their 917 K, followed by two other Porsches.
The P’6612 Dashboard Le Mans 1970 Limited Edition picks up on the function and rigour of the legendary racing car. It embodies the values of Porsche Design, the luxury brand whose products express function, timelessness and purity of form. Sporting light-coloured numeric indices against a black background, its dial evokes the 917’s dashboard instruments. The black minute and hour hands feature a coating of white luminous material, while the seconds stop hand is red and bears a white tip. The tachymeter scale can be used to compute the speed – between 60 and 330 km/h – travelled over one kilometre.
The 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute counter at 6 o’clock are picked out in red, while the small seconds hand at 3 o’clock rotates against a white background and bears the start number 23. The case of the P’6612 Dashboard Le Mans 1970 is fashioned from brushed and polished titanium complemented by push-pieces and a screw-down crown with “Clous-de-Paris” motif.
The sapphire crystal caseback bears the watch’s limited edition number and the inscription “Winner Le Mans 1970” together with “917-023” – the chassis number of the winning car. The self-winding ETA 2894-A2 movement with its energy-optimised Porsche Design rotor offers a power reserve of 42 hours; its balance oscillates at 28,800 vibrations per hour, equivalent to a frequency of four hertz.
The chronograph’s strap is modelled on the steering wheel of the Porsche 917 K. Fashioned from black calf leather picked out with contrasting red stitching, it features dual perforations like those of the 917’s steering wheel spokes. Rounding out the design is a titanium pin buckle. The P’6612 Dashboard Le Mans 1970 Limited Edition comes with a miniature model of the winning Porsche 917 K and a publication personally signed by Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood. Limited worldwide to an edition of 917 pieces, the individually numbered chronographs will be released to retail outlets in September 2010.
Calibre ETA 2894-A2; self-winding mechanical chronograph; 42-hour power reserve; 28,800 vph; 37 jewels; diameter 25.6 mm (11 1/2 lines); hours, minutes and seconds; date indication; energy optimised Porsche Design rotor.
Black; Porsche 917 racing number 23 at 3 o’clock; 30-minute counter at 9 o‘clock; and 12-hour-counter at 6 o’clock; date aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock; Arabic numerals and indices filled with white luminous material; white tachymetric scale; red minute track; centred black hour and minute hands filled with white luminous material; centred red chronograph hand with white tip.
Satin-finished and polished titanium case, screw-down titanium crown and push-buttons with “Clous de Paris” motif; curved, non-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal; screwed-on titanium-framed non reflective curved sap-phire case back with the inscription „Winner Le Mans 1970“ and the chassis number „917-023“ ; waterproof to 100 m (100 ATM); diameter 42 mm, height 14.8 mm.
Black perforated calf leather strap with red cross stitching in the design of the Porsche 917’s driving wheel; pin buckle
Edition numbering: limited and numbered edition with publication of 917 pieces