In a world where vintage charm meets contemporary and as we are entering Christmas sales season, Porsche Design has unveiled the limited edition Chronograph 1 'Utility' with designed inspired by its rich history of military variants.
The name 'Utility' encapsulates the essence of this new creation, as it pays homage to Porsche Design's iconic military watches from the past.
And do we need to mention The Orfina Chronograph By Porsche worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun?
The watch's case is crafted from Porsche Design's exclusive titanium carbide, marking the brand's first foray into utilizing this material without a car-related theme. The choice of titanium carbide adds a robust touch to the watch, making it a unique point of character to the Chronograph 1 series.
Drawing inspiration from vintage Porsche Design watches, the 'Utility' edition showcases a black-coated case that immediately captures the eye.
Let's dive in the dial: a big dark case makes the watch standing when worn on wrist.
The dial features the distinctive red circular symbol with SuperLuminova - a heritage of the past and historical 3H symbols indicating the use of tritium, a hydrogen isotope.
The historical 3h was found in dials such as the Blancpain Fifthy Fathoms, Heuer Bundeswehr and of course the Orfina by Porsche.
An unexpected addition is the inclusion of a marmot logo, a nod to Ferdi Porsche's Mankei, a haven for car enthusiasts situated near Studio F.A. Porsche on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.
What makes the 'Utility' edition truly exceptional is its functionality: housing the COSC-certified caliber WERK 01.240 movement, this automatic flyback chronograph ensures precision and reliability. The watch comes with both a leather bund strap, reminiscent of its military heritage, and a white textile strap displaying the coordinates for the location of the F.A.T. Ice Race in Zell am See. The quick-release mechanism allows for effortless strap changes, catering to the wearer's diverse preferences. Priced at $13,000, the Chronograph 1 'Utility' is unlikely to an investment watch. More likely a watch designed to be worn and lived. Its COSC-certified movement and the durability of the titanium carbide case make it an attractive choice for enthusiasts, Top Gun aficionados and lover of modern military inspired watches.
|Model||Chronograph 1 Utility – Limited Edition|
|Case Material||Black titanium carbide coating, glass bead blasted|
|Indexes||White minute, hour, mechanical function display at 9 o'clock, chronograph second display, 30-minute counter at 12 o'clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock, day and date window at 3 o'clock|
|Strap/Bracelet||Leather bund strap and a white textile strap with the coordinates for the location of the F.A.T. Ice Race in Zell am See, with quick change|
|Movement||Porsche Design WERK 01.240 caliber|
|Functions||Hour, minutes, seconds, flyback chronograph, day, and date|
|Availability||Pre-orders begin on October 10, 2023, at Porsche-Design.com and Porsche Design stores, with availability from January 15, 2024|
|Limited Edition||Yes, 250 numbered pieces|