By John Galt
Porsche design have gone in-house after many years collaborating with other renowned watchmakers and to celebrate the beginning of this new era, they have released two limited edition time pieces. Just like their namesake, these pieces are driven by technical excellence, superb materials and functions – nothing added to make them look pretty and just like the iconic cars, these timepieces are spot-on.
Both models feature a 42mm case with tachymeter scale on the bezel. The dial is matt black with three sub dials for the chronograph at the usual positions of 3, 6 and 9 with a central seconds hand in red which really stands out from the white sub dial hands. The hand and minute indices are filled with white luminescent materials to make reading as clear as possible even in poor or fading light conditions. The mess free and clutter free designed white on black date window at 3pm really makes the dial fluid and highly readable.
The timepiece No.1 and the chronograph are both bead-blasted titanium but each one is slightly different. The timepiece No.1 is black PVD coated to give a beautiful looking matt finish and is attached to a thick black rubber strap with unique Porsche design pattern embezzled on the reverse while the chronograph titanium is kept in its dark grey bead blasted finished but features instead a black calfskin strap with white stitching.
Turning the pieces over, you are greeted with a blackened sapphire exhibition case back that shows off the very reliable Valjoux 7750 mechanical chronograph movement with Porsche designed rotor offering a very respectable 48 hour power reserve.
Each of the models is limited to only 500 pieces.
Timepiece No.1 is priced at $7,550 while the chronograph titanium is priced at $6,850.
In addition to these matt finish models, you will be able to choose from any available colours from the Porsche collection of car paint colours in the future, which in my opinion, is indeed a very cool idea. Why not match your watch with the colour of your car or just the car colour that you like?
These pieces tick all the right boxes for me; nice matt black case with non-cluttered dial with nice clean crisp look and feel to it. As for the price, would I choose these over say an Omega or Breitling with their history? Not sure I would. These are nice pieces but for the price, I don’t think that I would part with my money just to add these watches to my collection. For more info, please visit porsche-design.com
John Galt – Contributing Editor
John Galt caught the horology bug 4 years ago on his first visit to a London watch show and has snowballed since; John has become an avid writer and blogger of timepieces of all kinds, from everyday timepieces to modern Luxury Haute Horology, his favorite brands being HYT and Greubel Forsey that push the bounders of modern watch-making. John keeps a keen interest in the UK watch scene with their many emerging brands and timepiece’s. John Galt currently contributes watch related articles for online publications in the UK and USA. You can follow John on Twitter @johng73 Read his articles here.