With the launch of a revolutionary program based on production principles utilized in Porsche sports car manufacturing, Porsche Design is taking the creation of exclusive Swiss wristwatches to the next level with the Porsche Design custom-built Timepieces program. This is the first time the concept of a fully customized timepiece, perfectly tailored to match one’s dream Porsche, will enter into series production.
The centerpiece: The Porsche Design watch configurator
The menu navigation and overall design of the new watch configurator are based on the well-established Porsche car configurator. Just like the Porsche 911 range, the watch is digitally visualized down to the smallest detail to provide customers with a realistic depiction of their dream timepiece. “The rendering model is based on CAD data from our designers at Studio F. A. Porsche in Zell am See and our engineers in Solothurn,” says Rolf Bergmann, Managing Director of Porsche Design Timepieces AG. The features, including the pricing for each re-spective configuration, are displayed in real time. A basic custom-built Timepiece starts at $6,000 USD and, depending on the options selected, can range up to $12,500 and includes up to three additional leather straps. Orders are placed exclusively through Porsche dealers and delivery will take eight to 12 weeks. The program will be launched with all participating Porsche dealers in Germany on July 1, 2020, followed by the UK and U.S. on September 1, 2020.
The case: A future classic
The first step in the virtual timepiece configurator is to select the 42mm case. The customer can choose between a glass-bead-blasted natural titanium case or a black titanium case coated in titanium carbide via PVD. “Titanium and black-coated titanium cases are what Por-sche Design timepieces have become known for. This originated with the designer of the Porsche 911, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche and we will never change anything about it,” Bergmann continues. The legendary design by F. A. Porsche has found its contemporary interpretation in the cases of the custom-built chronographs that are based on the Chronotimer Series 1.
The movement: A new in-house chronograph caliber
With the launch of the Porsche Design custom-built Timepieces program, the new in-house caliber WERK 01.100, which features a 48-hour power reserve, enters series production for the first time. The highlight of this COSC-certified movement is the customizable winding rotor, featuring the wheel designs of the latest-generation Porsche 911. For the first time ever, Porsche Design is offering a timepiece with a completely customizable movement com-ponent. “We put an enormous amount of work into checking all of the variants in advance but that is precisely the level of attention to detail that our customers expect from us,” Rolf Bergmann, Managing Director Porsche Design Timepieces AG, explains. From the classic 911 Carrera rim, including the two-tone Porsche Crest in the center of the rotor, to the 911 Car-rera Exclusive Design wheel version with a gold badge at its center, there are six different rotor types to choose from. The color on the rotor edge can also be customized, just like the outer edges of the wheels of a Porsche car. Porsche Design is also offering the original Por-sche color palette. The rotors on the new watches correspond to a 1:22 scaled-down version of the original rim, adapted to the geometry of the timepiece. They are crafted with a level of precision down to five thousandths of a millimeter. The Porsche Crest, which measures around 50 mm on a vehicle rim, is a mere 3.3 mm wide and 4.4 mm high on the winding rotor cover. Nevertheless, the Porsche Crest still remains clearly visible to the naked eye.
The watchbands: Up to 300 different configurations
The enormous amount of work put into this program is most apparent in the metal and leather watchbands, which are available in three sizes. Pop-up menus in the configurator make selections easy. The metal bracelets are made of skin-friendly titanium and all versions feature individually screwed-down links. Like the case variants, they are available in glass-bead-blasted natural titanium or black-coated titanium carbide. Additionally, there are two different closing mechanisms to choose from: a butterfly clasp with lateral buttons or seven-step fine adjustment.
All leather straps are crafted from the same hides used for Porsche automobile interiors and come in the 14 official interior color options of the Porsche 911. The leather wristbands come with a butterfly clasp as well as side buttons for quick and easy release. For the stitching on the strap, a total of 19 different colors of genuine Porsche yarn are available, meaning that there are up to 300 different possible configurations. Two additional bracelets can be de-signed and purchased per order and the configurator’s full range of options remains available for this selection. The new quick-change side button system makes it easy to change them without the use of any tools.
Custom-built dial and bezel
The dial is personalized via inlaid colored rings, featuring minute markers in the style of the design-defining classic speedometer developed by F. A. Porsche. There are 27 Porsche 911 exterior and interior colors to choose from. Even the watch hands can be personalized, with the customer able to choose either classic Essence in black or sporty Performance hands in matte-white with red tips. The watch’s bezel can also feature either traditional minute mark-ers or a tachymeter for tracking speed or distance.
Custom laser engraving: The final touch
Upon request, each Porsche Design custom-built Timepiece can be individualized with laser engraving on the back of the case, enhancing each timepiece with the ultimate in personal touches. This supplementary engraving can also be applied to the watch box, which is exclu-sive to the new watches. Additionally, the corresponding car visuals can be requested for the emblem on the timepieces’ box. The fonts and lettering featured on the rear of the cus-tomer’s car can be applied as well. Alternatively, the customer has the option to select a graphic logo, such as the current 911 Carrera flyline.
The new Porsche Design custom-built Timepieces program starts in Germany on July 1, 2020, followed by the UK and U.S. on September 1, 2020 at all participating Porsche dealerships. The English version of the Internet Timepieces Configurator will also be available as of September 2020.
FUEL AND EMISSIONS*
911 Carrera: Combined fuel consumption 9.4 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions 215 g/km
911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet: Combined fuel consumption 9.7 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions 221 g/km
911 Carrera 4S: Combined fuel consumption 10.1 – 9.7 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions 231–222 g/km
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet: Combined fuel consumption 10.2 – 9.9 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions 234–225 g/km
911 Turbo S Cabriolet: Combined fuel consumption 11.3 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions 257 g/km
Status: July 2020
All information refers to the EU model. The technical data may vary from country to country.
*Further information on the official fuel/electricity consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new passenger cars”, which is available free of charge at all sales dealerships, from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH and at www.datgroup.com.
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