Porsche Design has a relation to the legendary maker of luxury sports cars with the same name and both produce covet-worthy pieces that don’t come cheap. These new timepieces may not evoke the same spirit of sport and daring as the iconic auto but both watches have the kind of looks that will get your motor running at first sight!
Porsche Designs is the Austrian design house that shares a name with the German maker of sleek, sexy sports cars and there is a connection between the two. The design firm’s first watch, the Chronograph 1 released in 1972, was designed with the help of Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, creator of the Porsche 911. Since then, Porsche Design Timepieces AG has been developing watches in-house with impressive results.
Now Porsche Designs has introduced two new watches named Timepiece No. 1 and Chronograph Titanium Limited Edition. Both are made in Switzerland and have sapphire crystal casebacks that reveal what’s inside—a mechanical Valjoux 7750 chronograph mechanism with a 48-hour power reserve. Timepiece No. 1 sports a matte black powder coated finish plus black rubber strap emblazoned with the unique Porsche Design pattern on the back. The Chronograph Titanium features a band of black calfskin with white stitching. The look of the 42mm Porsche Design timepieces harkens back to the original Chronograph 1 that gave the brand its start. Also echoing the past is the matte red second hand.
The Timepiece No. 1 will sell for $7,550 while the Chronograph Titanium Limited Edition is priced at $6,850. Both watches will be available at Porsche Design Stores, through the Porsche Design website and at select jewelers. Only 500 pieces will be made of each model. In addition to the matte black models out now, in the future both watches will also be available in colors from the Porsche collection of auto car paint tones. Match your watch to the color of your car? Why not!
Lately we’ve been seeing more connections between the makes of fine watches and iconic names in automobiles. Is it because the watch brands want to be seen as sporty and daring? Or does wearing a timepiece bearing the name of a luxury sports car inspire fantasies of being able to afford the actual car some day? The latest collaboration sounds like a dream come true for both Porsche fans and aficionados of high quality watches.
These timepieces from Porsche Design certainly aren’t cheap since they go for around seven grand each, but they’re not nearly as pricey as the auto with the same name. A 2014 Porsche 911 can set you back $100,000 to $200,000, but you can always buy the watch while you’re dreaming of cruising around in that luxury sports car.