Porsche Design Watches - Sporty watches with roots in motorsport
Porsche Design stands for high-quality watches that are characterized by a sporty and elegant look. The history of Porsche Design watches dates back to 1972, when Ferdinand Alexander Porsche created his first wristwatch. A lot has happened since then: today the Porsche Design collection includes more than 200 different models!
Porsche Design 1919, Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator and the Chronotimer Flyback are just a few of the most well-known models. Each watch combines functionality with timeless design and offers versatile wearing options such as leather or metal bracelets. Whether in everyday life or for sporting activities - Porsche Design watches are the perfect choice for every occasion.
The materials used in the watches are of the highest quality. The watches are made from durable titanium, making them incredibly durable. In addition, they are equipped with sapphire crystal, which is scratch-resistant and shatterproof. This ensures that your Porsche Design watch can withstand even the most strenuous activities. The watches are also water resistant up to 100 meters, so you can even wear them while swimming.
Porsche Design men's and women's watches are made in Switzerland, where the highest manufacturing standards are maintained. The watches are assembled by hand and undergo strict quality control. This ensures that every Porsche Design watch is of the highest quality and will last for many years.
Porsche Design watches from IWC
Porsche Design started in 1972 purely as a design agency. For a long time, partner companies were responsible for the production of their designs. For example, the famous black Chronograph 1 was produced by the Swiss watchmaker Orfina. In 1978, Porsche Design then entered into a partnership with the traditional IWC in Schaffhausen, which lasted almost 20 years and produced some interesting watches.
One of the most iconic Porsche Design watches from this partnership is the Ocean 2000, a diving watch with an innovative titanium and fiberglass case designed to withstand pressures of up to 2000 meters. Another standout design is the GST (Graphic System Time), a digital watch with an LCD display and interchangeable brightly colored straps.
This partnership between Porsche Design and IWC finally ended in 1997, but the legacy of the collaboration is still visible in the contemporary collections. The Porsche Design 1919 Collection pays homage to the year the design studio was founded and is characterized by a minimalist aesthetic and the innovative use of materials such as titanium, carbon fiber and ceramics. The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Charles Darwin" is inspired by the famous voyage of HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin, with a ceramic case and special engravings on the back
Whether you are looking for a sleek and modern design or an adventurous and rugged timepiece, IWC's Porsche Design watches are definitely worth a look.
Porsche Design Watches - Takeover of Eterna SE in Grenchen
In 1995, Porsche Design took a big step in the watch industry by acquiring shares in Eterna SA, a traditional Swiss watch manufacturer from Grenchen. This enabled Porsche Design to have its timepieces produced by a renowned and trustworthy manufacturer. The result is high-quality watches that bear both the Porsche Design name and the Eterna name on the case back.
The partnership between Porsche Design and Eterna has proven successful as both brands continue to produce stylish and high-performance timepieces. So the next time you see the words "Made by Eterna" on a Porsche Design watch, you'll know why.
Special Porsche watches
Porsche Chronograph 1, the first model in the new watch line from Porsche Design, impresses with its sporty and elegant look. The titanium case measures 44 millimeters and is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters. There are different bracelet options like stainless steel, titanium or leather to choose from.
Chronotimers Series 1
The Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 pays homage to the first wristwatch designed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. The model combines sporty design with the latest technology such as the flyback function and intelligent energy management. There are different case materials and strap options to choose from. The Chronotimer Series 1 is the perfect companion for every day and a real gem for fans of Porsche Design and watch lovers alike.
The 1919 collection from Porsche Design combines minimalist design with maximum functionality. The watches have thin and light cases made of titanium or stainless steel and are available in different color variations. The 1919 Datetimer Eternity, one of the most popular in this collection, has a practical permanent date display and is water resistant to 50 meters. Whether you're a Porsche fan or just appreciate classic, understated style, the 1919 collection has something for you.
From the outside, the watches in the Sport Chrono series hardly differ from the models from 1919. The only difference is that the chronograph version has a black finish. For these watches, Porsche Design uses the WERK 01.100 caliber, which does not have a flyback function.
The Sport Chrono Subsecond is a three-hand watch with a small second. The sub-dial is at 6 o'clock and the date window is at 3 o'clock. Thanks to the sapphire crystals on the front and back, which protect every timepiece, the sensitive inner workings cannot be damaged.
The Worldtimer model takes everything that characterized the 1919 and Sport Chrono collections and adds a touch of practicality for the frequent traveler. The central hands indicate the local time, while the names of 24 cities in different time zones surround the dial. A window at 3 o'clock shows the abbreviation of the second time zone currently set, and another window at 9 o'clock shows the time in that zone. The automatic movement sets the second time zone as soon as you set your local time, so you can keep track of your itineraries and appointments even while travelling.
With its modern yet timeless design, the Worldtimer is the ideal watch for jetsetters and globetrotters. Thanks to its durable materials and automatic movement, it is a reliable companion on every adventure. Whether you cross time zones or are simply looking for a stylish watch for everyday use, the Porsche Design Worldtimer is the perfect choice.
The Monobloc Actuator 24H-Chronotimer or Actuator GMT from Porsche Design pays homage to the legendary world championship in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. The model has a robust and scratch-resistant carbon-ceramic case with a size of 45 millimeters and is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters. An innovative lever technology makes it possible to operate the chronograph functions very precisely and quickly. A black rubber strap rounds off the sporty look perfectly. The monoblock actuator is the perfect choice for racing enthusiasts and Porsche Design fans.
How much do Porsche Design watches cost?
The prices for Porsche Design watches for current models are usually in the range of €2000 to €10,000. The Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer GMT, for example, has a price tag of around €4,800. Prices may vary depending on the materials and movement used in the watch. The Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator 24H-Chronotime, for example, features a titanium case and in-house movement, which comes at a price of €8,200. The top models from Porsche Design can cost up to €10,000, such as the Porsche Design 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Brown Leather which is priced at €10,800. All in all, Porsche Design offers high-quality watches with an elegant and modern design in an attractive price range.
The history of Porsche Design
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, an industrial designer, founded the Porsche Design company in Stuttgart in 1972. In addition to watches, he also designed sports cars; one of his most famous works is the Porsche 911. The first product from Porsche Design was the watch Chronograph 1 - a commissioned work by Porsche AG for long-standing employees of the company.
The design of the Chronograph 1 was inspired by the displays of sports cars, especially Porsche. It quickly became popular as its black case and strap set it apart from other watches. In 1978, the company entered into a 20-year partnership with IWC to achieve major successes such as the Compass watch and titanium-cased chronograph in 1980.
In 1995, Porsche took a stake in the Swiss watch manufacturer Eterna, one of the oldest industrial companies based in Grenchen. From then on, Porsche Design watches were produced there. In 2014, however, Porsche founded its own company - Porsche Design Timepieces AG - based in Switzerland, which designs the watches itself. The design studio responsible for these creations is still based in Zell am See, Austria, but has been called Studio FA Porsche since 2015.
In addition to watches, the product portfolio of the Porsche Design brand also includes sunglasses, bags, shoes and casual wear. The design company is also frequently commissioned by various large clients for luxury items such as yachts and washing machines, but they are also known for working on more mundane items such as dentist's chairs, trams and laptops.
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