Porsche Design 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Blue & Leather
The Porsche Design 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Blue & Leather is housed in a titanium case and features a flyback chronograph with a COSC certified movement. Moreover, the watch is a paragon of style, conceived in the brand’s Austrian design studio.
The luxury marque, Porsche, is revered by legions of discerning individuals who appreciate the styling, performance and refinement of the firm’s cars. In 1972, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, established Porsche Design. Having resigned from his role as chief designer at the Stuttgart-based car brand, Herr Porsche applied his considerable design prowess to other product categories.
Two years after founding Porsche Design, Ferdinand returned to Zell am See in Austria, a place where he spent time as a child. Simultaneously, the company also moved to the Austrian town where it now operates from a state of the art design studio.
Over the years, Porsche Design has conceived an array of luxurious products, each endowed with peerless styling. Fashion, eyewear, bags and luggage are just some of the products that capture the aesthetic allure of the iconic 911 and embody the vision of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche.
One of the early product categories to attract the attention of Ferdinand was watches and, over the years, the firm has become known for its timepieces, each infused with exquisite detailing. The watches are designed at the company’s Zell am See studios but made in the home of mechanical watchmaking, Switzerland.
Now, the Austrian firm has unveiled a new model to whet the appetite of both horophiles and design aficionados, the Porsche Design 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Blue & Leather.
The brand’s press release (April 2020)
Two years ago, Porsche Design debuted the 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Brown & Leather, a genuine manufactory chronograph that set new standards in the world of luxury wristwatches. Equipped with a complex flyback function with chronometer-certified precision, the Porsche Design movement Werk 01.200 represents state of the art. In addition to its innovative inner workings, the timepiece, like its legendary role model, the Porsche 911, unites uncompromising functionality, thoroughly designed in all details, with an expressive sporty appearance. Now, Porsche Design launches this chronograph classic in a new edition with a bold colour combination. The dial and strap, made from Porsche interior leather, radiate a subtle blue hue.
A fascinating shape
The Porsche 911 is an icon that has sparked enthusiasm for decades. Since its launch in 1963, the sports car has been a synonym for the perfect combination of design and performance. The sports car icon’s secret of success is surprisingly simple. Its designer, Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, consistently focused on form and function, so that the legendary minimalist design was a natural consequence. “Design must be honest,” emphasised the founder of the Porsche Design company. This maxim also applies to Porsche Design’s timepieces that translate the DNA code of the sports car into the design of a wristwatch. The 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Blue & Leather continues the tradition of the company’s first timepiece, the Chronograph I, which Prof. F. A. Porsche introduced in 1972. The large-scale, high-contrast dial is all about legibility, so that the attention is automatically directed to the essentials, namely the time display and the measurement functions. Clean Arabic numerals and bold markers combined with intense use of Super-Luminova increase the readability under difficult lighting conditions and at night. Sevenfold and hard coated on both sides, the sapphire crystal prevents all light reflections, thus guaranteeing optimum readability at all times.
Lightweight and powerful
All timepieces of the 1919 Collection – including the 1919 Chronotimer Flyback collection – are entirely made of titanium. Despite its low weight this high-tech material that stems from the world of motorsport is extremely resilient and resistant. With the same volume, it is 46 percent lighter than stainless steel, but significantly stronger and also non-magnetic, anti-allergic as well as saltwater and heat resistant. Titan therefore offers an unparalleled wearing comfort on the wrist. In keeping with the lightweight construction principle, the case is designed as slim as technically possible. The signature trademark of the 1919 Collection is the characteristic openings on the lugs and their form-fitting transition into the bracelet. These features not only eliminate the design-related disadvantage of classic horns – the connection via a spring bar – but also lend a unique lightness to the collection’s pure aesthetics. The owner can literally feel the connection to the sports car on his wrist: the strap is made of original Porsche interior calf leather.
The 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Blue & Leather is powered by Werk 01.200. This chronograph calibre offers a flyback mechanism that allows the measurement of successive intervals, for example lap times on the racetrack. It uses a single process for starting, stopping and resetting. Paced at 4 hertz, the automatic movement represents the culmination of engineering and watchmaking combined with its vehicle manufacturing expertise. The bridges are load/stress optimised. The special architecture allows the unobstructed view of the fascinating mechanism of the flyback function through the sapphire crystal caseback and is further proof of the implementation of the lightweight principle. As is representative of Porsche Design, the movement is black. Its energy-optimised rotor with the signature engraved PD-Icon is PVD coated and partially crafted from tungsten. Extremely difficult to process, this material provides the necessary weight to guarantee a highly powerful winding. Werk 01.200 also bears a certificate of the Swiss C.O.S.C. institution, verifying the accuracy of its performance.
The 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Blue & Leather is available now at RRP £5,100 in Porsche Design Stores, specialist shops and online at www.porsche-design.com.