Sunday, March 8, 2015

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1

With the Chronotimer Series 1, Porsche Design presents a timepiece influenced by legendary watch models. At the same time, the new Chronotimer models are the first complete series of watches developed completely independently by the luxury brand. The principles of the Series 1 correspond with those laid out by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche for the very first watch he designed in 1972: optimal readability, technical perfection, the highest quality materials and an absolute focus on functionality. The new Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 will be launched in June 2015.

With the black Chronograph I in the early 1970s, Porsche Design anticipated a trend which is now an integral part of the watch industry, and which was revolutionary at the time. For Porsche Design, however, the matt black design had a purely functional background: the watch was reminiscent of the non-reflective instruments found in racing cars, where everything but the numbers and the hands are matt black. This prevented unwanted reflections and allowed the driver to easily tell the time. The Chronotimer Series 1 continues this tradition. The result is a puristic and timeless precision instrument without decorative details and flourishes.
Besides puristic, timeless design, Porsche Design relies on innovative materials. In 1980, Porsche Design once again revolutionised the world of watches with the Titanium Chronograph – the world's first titanium timepiece. This means the watch is extremely resistant, and offers a high degree of wearer comfort due to the light weight of the material, which weighs much less than stainless steel. Extremely light and extremely durable: the messages are as relevant today as they were then and are a tradition from which all models of the Chronotimer Series 1 benefit.

Functionality and aesthetics were equal partners in the mind of Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, with neither taking priority over the other, and this conviction held by the designer set a trend that applies to this day. Nothing is there just for decoration: the impressively defined shapes are derived from the functionality and made from carefully selected, authentic materials that are assembled with highly skilled workmanship.

The Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 was developed entirely by Porsche Design Timepieces AG, based in the Solothurn (Switzerland), and was also manufactured in Switzerland. It is based on both the legendary Chronograph I timepiece from 1972 and the Titanium Chronograph from 1980. The characteristics of the first completely independently designed series of watches are timeless and modern: the band and the case of the Chronotimer are made from glass-bead blasted titanium, which is then painted matt black using a special process. The diameter of the case is 42 millimetres. Inside the watch ticks a mechanical ETA Valjoux 7750 chronograph mechanism with a power reserve of 48 hours and a date display beside the number “3”. The blackened sapphire crystal case back that shows the inner workings of the exclusive, energy-optimised Porsche Design rotor is a real eye-catcher. The Chronotimer Series 1 is waterproof up to five bar.

Technical details
Model: Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1

Movement
Calibre ETA Valjoux 7750, self-winding mechanical chronograph
Porsche Design Icon rotor
48 hour power reserve
28,800 vibrations per hour
25 jewels

Functions
Notification of hours, minutes and seconds
Stopwatch functionality [seconds, minutes and hours]
Date indication

Dial
Matt black glass bead-blasted and galvanic dial
Circular brushed chapter ring
Matt white numerals
Matt white and matt grey indices
Black galvanic and high-polish white luminescent bar indices
Black galvanic and high-polish Porsche Design Icon
Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
30-minute counter at 12 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock circular brushed with polished edges
Date indicator at 3 o’clock
Black galvanic and high-polish white luminescent hour and minute hands
Matt white small seconds hand
Matt red chronograph second hand
Matt white chronograph hour and minute hands with matt red tips

Case
Glass bead-blasted titanium case with black coating
Diameter 42 mm; height 14.62 mm
Tachymeter scale on the bezel
Screw-down crown
Convex, scratch-resistant and double-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screwed case back with black-tinted sapphire crystal opening
Water-resistant to 5 bar

Strap
Glass bead-blasted titanium bracelet with black coating
Glass bead blasted double folding deployant clasp with push button release made of titanium  and stainless steel with black coating

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