In June, Porsche Design will present the titanium Chronotimer Series 1, its very first timepiece developed completely in-house. It’s an homage to the first watch ever designed by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, when the Porsche Design Studio was originally established in 1972: the all-black Chronograph I. His focus on “optimal readability, technical perfection, the highest quality materials and absolute functionality” made Porsche Design timepieces an instant success with the likes of F1 star Clay Regazzoni, who won five Grands Prix.
Porsche were the first to make blacked out watches, widely copied since. They did not set out to create a trend however; the all-black look – aside from the numbers and hands – was based on the non-reflective instruments in Porsche’s race cars of the time. The Chronotimer Series 1 also pays tribute to 1980, when Porsche Design once again changed the watch game by introducing the world’s first titanium timepiece. The Titanium Chronograph was extremely tough but fairly lightweight compared to stainless steel.
The Chronotimer Series 1 was developed and manufactured entirely by Porsche Design Timepieces AG, founded last year in Switzerland; in the past Porsche contracted with outside firms, including Eterna and IWC, to produce its watches. The band and 42mm case of the Chronotimer are made from glass-bead blasted titanium, painted matte black. The blackened sapphire crystal case back shows the inner workings of the ETA Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement with a power reserve of 48 hours and a date display beside the number “3." Just the thing to match your black-on-black 911.