The Porsche Design P‘6752 WorldTraveler, launched recently at Baselworld 2013, captures the functionality and performance synonymous with the Swabian car manufacturer. The titanium case exudes modernity and refinement.
The words, “Porsche” and “Design” immediately call to me. I have previously owned a Porsche 911 and never cease to lament the day we parted company as my children’s limbs callously grew, necessitating the purchase of a boring family saloon.
If you study the form of the Porsche 911, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, you cannot fail to be impressed by its unique design language. Whilst the car’s details have been revisited over the years, the ethos of the original model has been retained. The engine is located to the rear and it continues to look unlike any other model on the road.
Porsche are masters of design and the luxury products which bear the Porsche Design label, share the same aesthetic prowess.
If you admire the Porsche Design P‘6752 WorldTraveler, launched recently at Baselworld 2013, it captures the functionality and performance synonymous with the Swabian car manufacturer. The titanium case exudes modernity and refinement.
The black dial evokes childhood memories of a poster depicting an iconic Porsche 911 Turbo that adorned my bedroom wall. The painted woodchip wallpaper which sat adjacent my poster, lacked artistic virtue but there was no denying the sculpted silhouette of the fully-blown 911 was a masterpiece. This dial shares the same exalted design genius.
The titanium coloured hour and minute hands are filled with white luminous material, except near their fulcrum, where they are open-worked, enhancing their graceful lines.
A super-slim, white central seconds hand with a red tip interfaces with the scale presented on the chapter ring. A black GMT hand with bold red triangular shaped tip, points to the home time.
Hours are marked with Arabic numerals in a neoteric font, showing values of “1” through to “12”. Grey coloured hour markings feature at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and noon. The remaining hours are presented in white text.
An inner scale, shows the hours on a 24-hour scale and a date aperture features at 3 o’clock.
The brand’s nomenclature is displayed beneath noon and the model name spans the southern aspect of the dial.
A notable strength of the dial is clarity. It conveys its various functions succinctly and with clear diction, enunciating time in an intelligible manner
The shot-blasted titanium case has a modern persona. Its appearance evokes thoughts of speed, courtesy of its sleek appearance and stealth-like colour scheme.
With a case diameter of 42mm, the watch should prove universally comfortable for many potential purchasers.
The appearance is sporty and I would suggest it suits casual attire rather that a black-tie ensemble. This may prove an issue for some, yet, would not dissuade me from considering this as a potential watch to complement my own personal collection.
Knurled detail enhances the tactile feel of the crown.
The union of strap and case is neat, with the strap and the case tidily joined. Between the horns there is a significant opening, affording a view of the scalloped detail adorning the caseband between the horns.
Like many watch collectors, I adore seeing the engine which purrs within the case of a wristwatch and in this regard I am a tad disappointed to see this watch has a solid caseback. Moreover, the watch contains a pleasingly executed Eterna movement featuring quality finishing. It therefore seems a shame that only the watchmaker will ever see this inner beauty. But, this should not unduly detract from what is otherwise a meritorious offering.
By way of partial compensation, the Porsche Design timepiece features an engraving depicting the 24 time zones on its solid caseback, retained with six screws.
This watch contains a manufacture movement, the calibre 3945A. This is a self-winding movement from Eterna. They are the official licence partner of Porsche Design for timepieces and have a long history in the watch industry harking back to 1856.
The movement oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hertz) and features 28 jewels and two ball-bearings to mitigate friction.
There are many attractive features to this timepiece. Of particular note is the purity of the design and the absence of distracting and superfluous details.
As I think back to the aforementioned Porsche 911 Turbo of my childhood, I remember the black “Whale Tail” which has become part of Porsche lore. Whilst the essence of the 911 has remained relevant, some may argue that the “Whale Tail” looks a little passe.
When I admire this watch, I don’t perceive any elements which would be similarly afflicted. It has a purity which should ensure relevance for many years to come.
The watch seems to befit a male attired in jeans and open-necked shirt. Arguably it lacks sufficient formality for all occasions. However, that merely acts as an excuse to purchase another watch.
On balance, Porsche Design have created a gem. A watch which captures the high performance essence of the cars which share the same name. The timepiece encapsulates a fine Swiss made engine which is perfect for use every day, whilst feeling anything but everyday in its handsome contours and refreshing construction.
Model: Porsche Design P‘6752 WorldTraveler
Case: Shot-blasted titanium; dimensions 42.00 mm; height 14.80 mm; water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; second time zone; date.
Movement: Eterna calibre 3945A, self-winding; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 28 jewels; power reserve 68 hours.