2017 Basel Watch Fair – Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator 24H-Chronotimer
The history of Porsche design is intertwined with the legendary car brand, which derives from the same creative thinking, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. From the very beginning, the connection between Porsche’s design of watches and motorsports was there, not just marketing. No, the Porsche designed the first watch, the Porsche Design Chronograph 1, is a black PVD-coated watch that was quite disturbing in the early 1970s. The chronograph launched by the brand in 1980 is also the world’s first titanium chronograph, a material widely used in the watch industry today, but not decades ago. Today we show you the latest watches from Porsche, once again inspired by the world of motorsports, in which case you can link directly to the new (powerful) Porsche 911 RSR. However, it also strongly reminds us of the first titanium chronograph in 1980. Let’s take a look at the new Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator 24H-Chronotimer.
However, before we do this, let me tell you more about the connection between the new 911 RSR and the Monobloc Actuator 24H-Chronotimer. The 911 RSR is the first 911 with a six-cylinder engine in front of the rear axle. Although each 911 has been installed behind the rear axle since its inception, it is certainly new to the brand. As of this year, Porsche Design is the official timing partner for Porsche Motorsport, so the new 911 RSR is decorated with the name and logo of the Porsche Design Timepiece. In addition, Porsche Design and Porsche Motorsport (for some time) have been working together to develop new watches…wholesale Hublot MP COLLECTION MP-05 LAFERRARI replica Watches
The new watch is inspired by the mechanical valve control of the new Porsche 911 RSR. They invented an integrated rocker switch that controlled the operation of the chronograph from the inside of the case. From the outside, you will mainly see the chronograph without forced start/stop and the reset button for the chronograph function. Although you don’t see it from the outside, there is definitely a way to start, stop and reset the chronograph. The complex mechanism that allows you to start the chronograph is completely inside the chassis, or even better, it is part of the chassis. Let’s go back…
When you see the new watch, you can also see the similarities with the legendary Porsche design watch, the Porsche designed Titan chronograph. This is also a chronograph with no prominent chronograph buttons; although almost invisible, the promoter seems to be part of a round case.
Launched in 1980, the Porsche Design Titan / Titanium Chronograph is the world’s first titanium chronograph. Titanium is a lightweight, tough and durable material for motor sports. Now, we see a lot of titanium watches, and it can be said that titanium has been fully accepted by the watch industry. Porsche Design and IWC collaborated to create the first titanium chronograph, and many other brands (including IWC itself) followed suit. Today, titanium watches have become the main products of many watch brands.replica Porsche Design MONOBLOC ACTUATOR watches price
In 2010, 30 years after the launch of the Titan chronograph, the Porsche design heritage P’6530 was launched. This is a faithful re-creation of its ancestors, although it is slightly larger in diameter, it is not made by IWC, but by Eterna. Why should I show you these watches? Not only for Porsche Design, but also for their breakthrough work for the watch. But mainly to show the design similarities between the Titan chronograph and the new Porsche design Monobloc Actuator 24H-Chronotimer. This “old-fashioned” Titan chronograph is based on the Valjoux 7750 chronograph with a titanium case and an integrated titanium bracelet. Both chronograph buttons are integrated into the case and are not prominent. Not only does this look great, but it is also very useful when you use a chronograph.
And the new Monobloc Actuator 24H-Chronotimer? it is good…. Titanium case with built-in Valjoux chronograph putter with integral rubber strap or titanium strap.
New PORSCHE design MONOBLOC actuator 24H-CHRONOTIMER
So we have it, and all the design clues of the old Titan chronograph will be returned to the new Monobloc Actuator 24H-Chronotimer. Of course, its size has increased, but the watch has been “upgraded” from a sports watch to a watch that can be tossed and can be used like a correct timing tool. The new Monobloc is bigger and stronger, not too big or too heavy. With a diameter of 45.5 mm and a thickness of 15.5 mm, I usually use it as an option, purely based on numbers. But remember that it is made of titanium! great Corum Admirals Cup replica Watches
I am not a big watch. Of course, I really like the look of a Big Pilot watch from a brand in Schaffhausen, but I don’t like it lacking comfort on the wrist. This is completely different from Monobloc because it is very lightweight, very balanced on the wrist, and its integrated strap/bangle really “hugs” your wrist.
Like the P’6530 and its ancestors Titan chronograph, the buttons are part of the case. What I learned when I was having fun on the ice in northern Finland was that these integrated buttons were actually very practical. You can grab the watch more or less with one hand and start (or stop or reset) the chronograph very easily and quickly. Drives are easier than other chronographs and require less attention to push the pusher in the correct position. Especially when you need a chronograph, time, this is quite convenient!
The new Porsche Design Monobloc actuator 24H-Chronotimer has a very clean dial that is purely legible. The running seconds have been reduced to the disc and the radial stripe is visible through the small hole at 9 o’clock. It’s more like a “live” performance, so you can see that the watch is running, which is actually more than enough.
Need to pay attention to the two sub-dial at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock, they are chronograph accumulators. With a clean dial, you can easily focus on these accumulators and the tachometer scale around the dial. The central pointer with a white pointer is a 24-hour GMT pointer that points to the 24-hour scale on the bezel. Not only does it allow you to read the time in the second time zone, it can also be set to your own time and read in 24 hours.discount replica watches for sale
As I said before, Porsche Design offers the right tool watch here. Excellent readability, excellent wearing comfort, practical (and beautiful) buttons, and more. For example, sapphire crystal is coated with seven layers of anti-reflective coating. The crown is of course a screw-in crown and the entire watch is water resistant to 100 meters. You can say that features prevail, but they do well in design. I am very happy to wear a version with a black dial and a black rubber strap, but there is also a titanium bracelet with a blue dial.
So we have it, a very practical, well-designed chronograph with a second time zone, date, 100 meters waterproof, and very unusual buttons for starting the chronograph function. All of these are 5.950 euros for the titanium rubber version and 6.450 euros for the full titanium version (black and blue dial versions). There is also a full black version with a black rubber strap coated with a black titanium carbide coating for a retail price of 6.250 euros.
Technical specifications – Porsche Design MONOBLOC Actuator 24H-CHRONOTIMER
Case: 45.5 x 15.6 mm – Glass bead blasted titanium – Sapphire crystal with seven anti-reflective coating on the back of the case and a sapphire crystal – Water resistant to 100 meters
Movement: Valjoux 7754 – Mechanical self-winding – 48 hours power reserve – 28,800 vibrations / hour – 25 jewels – Central GMT hand – Date 4 o’clock
Strap: integrated rubber strap or titanium strap