Typically, automotive brands tie up with reputable watchmakers in creating their line of watches. There is Richard Mille for McLaren as well as Hublot for Ferrari. But for Porsche, designing its own timepiece is part of defying the norm, just like what it does with its racecars.
Porsche Monoblock Actuator Chronotimer was introduced at the 2017 Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Expo in Switzerland. This event happens to be the largest watch and jewelry fair worldwide. During its launch, Porsche Design AG said it will be throwing in five different versions of the watch including the limited edition model.
While some of its versions give a nod to the early Porsche Design collection, the special edition Monobloc was inspired by the new Porsche 911 RSR. If anything, the new Monobloc Actuator in Titanium is a sophisticated piece of art by Porsche Design.
Together with Germany’s Porsche Development Centre and Austria’s Studio F.A. Porsche, the Swiss-based design house has created a 911 RSR-inspired racing watch. Like a racecar, the design cues are constant reminders of Porsche 911 RSR’s valve train as well as of how a paddle shifter is operated.
Porsche’s Monobloc timepiece features a chronograph mechanism for tracking time lapse and suchlike. In operating the stopwatch, the watch designer has integrated the rocker switch into the case rather than placing buttons along the side.
As for its timekeeping mechanism, the Monobloc comes with a second time zone and GMT complication just like the Calibre ETA Valijoux 7754. For this watch, the mechanism is encased in a 45.5-mm titanium with a choice of either a titanium bracelet or a rubber strap. Customers also have two choices for the sunburst dial in either blue or matte black finish.
Since every fraction of a second matters, Porsche Design’s Monobloc Actuator-Chronotimer is the best choice of accessory whether in 24-hour races or for travelling around the world.
During a race, the chronograph can tally and keep record of the best times and outstanding achievements, making the Monobloc the most reliable companion for measuring time. According to its website, the timepiece is an example of performance and precision engineering. This is also similar to Motorsport ---where timed performance, accuracy and functionality play an imperative role.
Nevertheless, the excellent timepiece is expected to arrive at selected boutiques and retail stores in May. It will come with a handsome starting price of $6,350 and will be offered in 5 configurations including the 24-H Chronotimer, as well as the GMT-Chronotimer in three different versions.