WE S IT DOWN FOR A QUICK- FIRE CHAT WITH AUSSIE MOTORSPORT LEG E ND AND CHOPARD A MBASSADOR, MARK WEBBER.
GQ: What do you love about watches?
Mark Webber: There are similarities between the world of racing and watch manufacturing, such as the absolute precision that’s involved in both. I visited the Chopard factory in Switzerland, a fascinating experience. There is so much precision and quality control involved, it’s an automated process that’s retained a handmade approach. To see the whole process, from when the craftsmen start melting down blocks of gold, to the fine-build process for watches with all their intricate mechanics, was remarkable.
GQ: Favourite piece from the collection?
MW: I like the new ‘Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition’. Made of titanium and DLC (Diamond-like Carbon), it’s robust but with the rubber strap it’s also comfortable to wear. I’ve been a Chopard ambassador for a few years now, they’re amazing timepieces.
GQ: What’s the most treasured watch in your personal collection?
MW: I’m fortunate enough to have some fine watches and, to be honest, I wear different styles for different occasions. I prefer watches that are practical when I’m indulging in my love of outdoor activities and pursuits, or something more classic for black-tie functions.
GQ: Have you ever celebrated a victory with a watch purchase?
MW: I went through a stage of buying watches when I was in Formula One, but not as a means of celebrating wins. It was more to do with me killing time in airport duty-free shops and being too easily tempted by the stunning pieces available. I’ve barely worn some of them, so they’re more of an investment.
GQ: What appeals about Chopard’s design?
MW: A watch needs to be functional, clear and clean. I like a watch to be easy to use with a robust, uncluttered face. Chopard embraces its partnership with Porsche and the racing element that goes with it. The brand takes inspiration from motorsports and incorporates it into the design and development of the watches, which I really like. For example the ‘Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition’ features details and colours of my racing team’s 2016 car, the 919 hybrid, which we race in the World Endurance Championship.
GQ: What’s your go-to watch for a black-tie event like GQ’S Men of the Year Awards?
MW: If the occasion is formal, then the watch on my wrist will be a ‘Superfast Power Control’ in rose gold – a perfect match between racing inspiration and the elegance of the element. The new Chopard Sydney store is now open at 119 King Street; chopard.com