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There’s a cool watch to match the all-new Porsche 911

A chronograph made by—who else?—Porsche Design

If you’re getting the car, buy the watch, too. PHOTO FROM PORSCHE DESIGN

You know that Porsche has already introduced the all-new, eighth-generation 911 (internally designated as Type 992). As this sports car is one of the most popular and most iconic automobiles in motoring history, it is only fitting that its arrival be celebrated. A matching wristwatch, for instance, would be nice.

That’s exactly what Porsche Design has accomplished with the new 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine, a limited-edition timepiece that will be produced in exactly 911 pieces. The company, founded by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (grandson of Ferdinand Porsche), adopted “the lightweight principle borrowed from Porsche’s engine construction” by giving the watch a hypoallergenic titanium case.

The case’s 42mm diameter suits modern tastes. PHOTO FROM PORSCHE DESIGN

The dial looks very legible in spite of this being a chronograph, thanks to the 42mm case’s extremely thin bezel. Speaking of the dial, it features a subdial that displays the words “timeless machine” in reference to the 911. The face also mimics the appearance of the car’s dashboard, with white hands (and a red seconds hand) and indices set against a black surface.

Ticking inside the case is the tried-and-tested ETA Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement, said to be the same engine that powered the very first Porsche Design watch (the Chronograph I released in 1972). A Porsche Design rotor is visible through a sapphire caseback.

The strap, meanwhile, is reportedly made of the same leather used in the 911’s cabin.

The sapphire caseback displays the Valjoux 7750 movement in all its glory. PHOTO FROM PORSCHE DESIGN

The Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine will be officially available by April 2019 for €4,911 (P293,000)—yes, even the price is a tribute to the car. If you’re both a Porsche fan and a watch aficionado, this timepiece is a must-have for your collection. Mark your calendar. And save up quick, obviously.



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 24 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll. He writes the column ‘Spoiler’.



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