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Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

I’ve been a fan of Porsche Design watches probably ever since I was a fan of watches to begin with. In addition to the brand’s historic dedication to the “tool watch,” I’ve always been very sympathetic to what Porsche Design attempts to do when combining form and function into a singular attractive product. Not all Porsche Design watches of the past have been to my liking, but I am generally quite keen on their products, as I find the firm unique given that they are undeniably about fashion, but never lose focus on the important matter of utility. With that said, let’s take a look at the new Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 watch.

We’ve said an incredible amount about the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 watch collection already, even as it was still going by its limited edition name which was “Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1” when we debuted it here. Later, our David went hands on with the initial Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1 release which was a limited edition here. At some point before the commercial release of the watches, Porsche Design decided to rename the non-limited watches as the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1, and in addition to the limited edition model(s), there are a range of versions including this Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Deep Blue.

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

While all the watches in the collection are similar with the same case and movement, there are numerous differences in each including materials, straps, case finishes, and even dials. While all of the Chronotimer watches are in titanium (with the exception of some models having 18k gold bezels), the fact that they are finished differently makes them very different looking. Matte black is a common look for any Porsche Design watch, but this particular model comes in a high-polished titanium case which I rather enjoy. Pay careful attention to the various Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 watches to see how they are different. There are about 8-10 or so versions at this point.

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

In our previous coverage of the Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1, we explained the source of the name, since it clearly isn’t the first watch Porsche Design has sold. Rather, the name refers to the fact that these are the first watches Porsche Design is producing without using a production partner such as Eterna. That doesn’t mean Porsche Design is producing all of their own parts for the Chronotimer, but instead that they are managing all the assembly, design, and production overall – directly controlling their suppliers.

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

As a “first attempt,” the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 watches are quite nice, even though the design hasn’t been to everyone’s taste. The quality is good, and the polishing on the lightweight titanium (which is hard to get mirrored) is very nice. Porsche Design didn’t appear to cut any serious corners, and the resulting watches feel like something that easily deserve to be within the brand’s larger legacy of timepieces.

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Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

What people have said the most which is negative about the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 collection is that it is a bit bland and perhaps uninspired. I can see how people might feel this way, but in person, the watches look a lot better than in marketing pictures, and those who prefer masculine minimalism will really enjoy what the watches are all about. Universal in their intended the appeal, what we are still talking about is still a very Germanic product.

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The highly minimalist case design is about showing off the necessary angles and features but making it as clean as possible. There is an art to this, and for what it is worth, I think Porsche Design got it right. The 42mm-wide titanium case has road lugs and a thick profile, so it sits handsomely and prominently on the wrist but, at the end of the day, isn’t huge. A 42mm case is a good size for me, so I really appreciate how the watch fits on the wrist, even though it feels a bit on the chunky side. Part of that is intentional, as I believe the designers wanted the case to have a real “monumental” feel that is fresh but quickly recalls the brand’s legacy of designs from over the years since the early 1970s.

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Even if the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 case seems simple at first, welcome details abound. There is a small indent under the crown which helps you pull it out (something I never would have thought to mention until I found instances on other watches were this feature was sorely missed), comfortable pushers (and crown) to operate, a welcome curve of the lugs, and an overall smooth feel when you run your fingers over it. All that I would have asked for in addition is more water resistance, since 50 meters feels scant. I consider all Porsche Design watches sport watches, and they need to fully operate as such.

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

One of the more interesting design features is the dark smoked sapphire crystal over the movement on the rear of the case. Not sure why it is darkened like that, and while it does look cool, it also detracts from one’s ability to see the movement as well. Speaking of the movement, Porsche Design once again goes with a high-grade version of the good ol’ Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph. A solid workhorse, this movement works well but, of course, it is easy to claim as being less than unique. I guess that is true, but given that I have almost never had an issue with a 7750, I really don’t see any issue in using them unless a brand is charging far too much for it.

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Where Porsche Design really sold me on the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 was the dials. You’ll notice that there are a few dial versions available. The Timepiece No. 1 limited edition (linked to above) probably has my favorite dial with its simple clean looks, but this Deep Blue’s dial isn’t bad either. Other versions of the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 have some Arabic numerals on the dial as well, so there is certainly enough variety to go around, in addition to the various small color changes that Porsche Design used for these models. I should mention that while there is luminant on the dial, it exists just on the hands and some hour markers. I would have preferred a fully lumed dial, meaning even the chronograph hands having lume.

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

One of the most important distinctive features about this reference 6010.1.07.003.07.2 Deep Blue model is that it is the only current version of the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 with a monochromatic dial – and that is sometimes I really like. Actually, if you look at marketing images of the watch, the dial appears to be black, white, and blue. That may technically be true, but for all intents and purposes, the dial appears to be black and white. It isn’t that I don’t appreciate a hint of color (such as red) in a sports watch like this, but just not all the time. Between the blue strap, polished titanium case, and black & white dial, I just feel that the watch has enough colors as it is.

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  • OK, I get that titanium may be hard to polish, so in that case don’t do an attempt to high polish on the bezel where the crappy surface shows so much. And the strap does not look like it integrated with the case. But the dial and hands are so nice. Too bad they only lumed the even hour markers. If they had just done a brushed finish for the case and used a fitted strap…

    • Howie Boyd

      I agree totally, Mark. In quite a few pictures, notably the one A Blog to Watch put up on Instagram, there are some deep tool marks showing through the polish on the lugs. Other shortfalls in finish on this $4k+ watch can be seen, like the apparent pitting on the tachy ring. I think it’s priced about $2,000 too high.

  • Luciano Oliveira

    A Chopard Mille Miglia would be a better horology choice for around the same price range

  • Man, it would be great to have that case bead-blasted and then throw on a vintage-y chocolate leather strap. Anyone good at Photoshop? I wish the blue of the subdials was as pronounced as it is on Porsche’s website, though; maybe it’s one of things that has to be seen in the flesh.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    The back is a boring as the front,,the strap looks cheap and nasty and if you haven’t got the car dont buy the watch. I hate tie ins

    • Porsche Design isn’t a tie-in. It’s part of the same company that makes the cars, and founded by the very same Ferdinand Porsche.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        My mistake……………i still dont like it.

  • BNABOD

    It is decent looking very Philippe Starckish in design. A good size at 42mm with a pretty cool looking crown. The dial though pretty blend works for me but again w the Porsche premium….You want an automatic, YAWOL ok then you shall pay a lot.

  • wallydog2

    Sometimes, looking at new watches is not unlike shopping for wallpaper with your wife. After the first 237 sample books, they all begin to look the same; but they keep on coming and coming, like the brooms in “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. Nice watch.

  • SuperStrapper

    I also don’t mind the use of a 7750 as long as the price is on par, but this is not that. Even with polished Ti this is twice what it should cost. I think it looks boring and uninspired, PD just phoned this one in. Awful name too.

  • Ulysses31

    It has a “Swatchy” look to it – something that should be cheap and cheerful. I quite like the overall look. The thick lugs that don’t taper much are ugly though, as is the seemingly fogged-up exhibition back. As for the surface finish, well, it’s awful. I don’t get why it would be so bad. Polished titanium is nothing new and other companies have mastered it already. This watch looks like it has a hammered finish which gives it a crude appearance.

  • Marius

    Porsche Design should stick to what they know best: sunglasses and perfume.

  • Antjay

    Citizen called , they want their face back .

  • Bert Kanne

    That’s a lot of money for a watch that should have much better water resistance, lume at all 12 points and a high quality metal bracelet. If it’s prone to scratching, they should have made it out of a more durable metal.

  • Waikato7

    I think it looks sharp. Very cool dial. Nice layout and I think the strap looks excellent. I really do like it and would be tempted.

  • Diverging Clear

    A vehicles name should only be on a watch if won at a carnival.

  • James Havens

    It makes me laugh, the ones that dog these watches because of the name, Most have never even seen one in the flesh, I have, in fact I’m wearing one now and the “fashion” aspect is more about fit not just style here with PD. I’ve owned a LOT of watches from Omega, IWC, Breitling, Tudor, Tag and so on…not all companies make watches that fit well on your wrist and are very functional in design. I don’t think PD is the end all be all of German watch speak, though they are leaps and bounds ahead of most brands. I find they are female approved for their looks as well (heard it twice now from former and current better half’s), you may say what does this matter?! well it seems us WIS go for the oddball wrist toys a lot, they wear you rather than it just fitting your style or everyday look. Nice looking designs here, and a great review Ariel.