The forty seventh operating of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979 was fascinating for a couple of causes, amongst them being: the Porsche 935 taking 1,2,3; Paul Newman, with co-drivers Rolf Stommelen and Dick Barbour ending second; Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason and three co-drivers driving a Lola T297 to an 18th place end; and at last, future watchmaker, Laurent Ferrier, together with fellow Frenchmen François Servanin and François Trisconi, ending third. Newman and firm, racing for Dick Barbour Racing, would have completed in first had it not been for a cussed wheel nut late within the race, however that honor would ultimately go to one among Porsche’s Kramer Racing groups within the 41 automotive piloted by Klaus Ludwig, and the Whittington’s Don and Invoice.
Laurent would go on to work at Patek Philippe for the subsequent 30 years earlier than founding his personal model in 2009, with the exact same François Servanin he raced with at Le Mans. It was this podium end in 179, nonetheless, that has impressed their newest creation, the Sport Auto. As dry because the title could also be, this can be a new built-in titanium sports activities watch carried out within the now properly established Laurent Ferrier ‘sq. in a circle’ type.