Watches pay tribute to both original and newest Speedster sports car models
In honor of both the first and the newest Porsche Speedsters, the German sports car manufacturer has unveiled the new Porsche Design chronographs, the 911 Speedster Chronograph and the 911 Speedster Chronograph with Heritage design package.
Only 1,948 examples will be produced, a reference to the debut year of the original Porsche 356 “Nr. 1.”
“The timepiece combines the classic design elements, materials, and performance features of the sports car, extending the unique feeling of Porsche to the wrist of its future owner,” Porsche Design said in its announcement.
“The chronograph is a joint development by the engineers from vehicle construction and motorsport, as well as the master watchmakers at Porsche Design Timepieces.”
The “powertrain” for the chronograph is Porsche Design’s first proprietary movement, “the Porsche Design Werk 01.200 with flyback function.”
“The calibre, resulting from three years of development, allows for the timing of consecutive events by using a single pusher for starting, stopping, and resetting the chronograph,” Porsche Design said.
“It represents the culmination of watchmaking skills combined with Porsche’s engineering and vehicle manufacturing expertise.
“In addition to being Porsche Design’s first proprietary movement, Werk 01.200 also bears a certificate of the Swiss C.O.S.C. institution, verifying the accuracy of its performance.
“The cut out of the movement’s barrel bridge exhibits both the flyback function and gear trains – Porsche’s lightweight design philosophy at its best. The energy-optimized rotor, partially crafted from tungsten for a powerful wind and visible through the sapphire case back, resembles the wheel design from the car. Attached by a Porsche central locking with Porsche crest, the rotor – similar to the Speedster’s alloy wheels – is lacquered with black-silk gloss.”
The watch case is made from titanium, reinforced by black titanium-carbide coating, and is tested up to five bars of atmospheric pressure, the company said.
Porsche Design sees the dial as the chronograph’s dashboard. Made of carbon fiber, it has displayed in matte black to avoid reflection, with green numbers and markers like the tachometer of the first 356.
Each watch comes with one black and one red leather easily-interchangeable straps in medium and large sizes.
The Heritage design versions are created to reflect the colors of the early Porsche race cars and feature green and silver Arabic numerals and golden accents, with a historic rotor design for the watch movement, and with cognac-colored leather strap.
Additionally, buyers can specify the color of their watch’s rotor to match that of their own Porsche’s wheels.
Porsche Design said the chronographs will be offered for sale in May 2019, starting at $12,911.