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Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition Watch

Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The Porsche 911 is to cars what the Rolex Submariner is to watches. It is a legend and a veritable motoring icon. The 911 has been with us for 55 years and next year there will be an all-new model. Codenamed 992, the latest 911 was only just unveiled at the LA Auto Show last month. To celebrate the launch, Porsche Design has also unveiled a new watch called the 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition.

Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The name is apt because while the 911 has undergone numerous technological changes – from air-cooled to water-cooled, from hydraulic to electromechanical steering, just to name a few – the basic design of the 911 is largely the same. Apart from its design, the philosophy and goals of the 911 remain unchanged over the years as well – to be the finest everyday sports car.

Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition pays tribute to the 911 car with a few interesting flourishes that I will talk about later. But first, it comes in 42mm-wide bead-blasted titanium case, which explains its matte look. The case also features Porsche Design’s signature cut-out lugs and integrated strap. Speaking of which, the strap is made out of the same leather used in 911 cars. To accommodate the Valjoux 7750 movement, the case is fairly thick at 14.9mm. Water resistance is rated at 100 meters, which is nice to see for a sports chronograph such as this.

Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The dial is black with grey and white accents. The minutes are clearly marked in white on the periphery of the dial and the watch features standard but easily legible baton-style hour and minute hands. The central chronograph seconds hand is red. Like most Valjoux-powered chronographs, the 30-minute chronograph counter is at 12 o’clock while the 12-hour chronograph counter occupies the 6 o’clock position. Both have sword-style hands with red tips. At 9 o’clock, where you would normally find a running seconds subdial, you instead have a small cut-out that features a rotating indicator with the print “Timeless Machine.” Depending on your tastes, it could either be a neat touch or a cringe-worthy attempt at trying to draw some association with the 911. At 3 o’clock, you have the Porsche Design logo and the unmistakable silhouette of the 911. Finally, at 4 o’clock you have a date window.

Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

As I mentioned, the movement within is the Valjoux 7750 and it is visible through a tinted sapphire display case back. The movement looks to be fairly well decorated for its price. You have a custom Porsche Design rotor, perlage on the bridges, blued screws, and gold wheels. It ain’t fancy but at least it’s something. Like all Valjoux 7750s, the movement inside the 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of around 48 hours.

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Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

To be honest, the link between the 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition and the 911 is a bit tenuous. Sure, you can say that they are designed and built by the same company and they both use the same leather, but that’s really about it. Still, if you are a 911 fanatic, I’m not sure you will mind the questionable links between the two at all. After all, I’m sure some will simply find the watch to be aesthetically attractive as well. The Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition is limited to 911 pieces and is priced at $6,911. Learn more at porsche-design.com

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  • TheChuphta

    Cheeseball alert! This thing is so corny on so many levels. It’s sad to see an irrefutably superb car like the 911 get associated with this silliness. $7K would probably pay for half of a brake job at the Porsche dealership.

    • ranjix

      corny? the watch follows the design language that got them at least one design award. anyway, I guess taste is indeed personal… also, funny enough, I consider 911 kind of stupid (to be more specific, boring since about 30y ago).

    • Leonarr

      The brand name reminds me of a series of cheap products which have a license to use the name of “a cool expensive brand”. The products are then bought by people who can’t afford “the real thing” but wish to be associated with it… like wearing a t shirt with a Ferrari logo or something. Nothing wrong with that, but it just feels weird to me.

  • Independent_George

    I like PD’s design language. I do like those open lugs. They are unique, modern and I think they will age well.

    I tried a few watches on at the PD shop on Rodeo Drive. The thing is that 7750 watches are thick, and those lugs are long. Curved down, so they do compensate, but they are still long. I don’t have small wrists, but they didn’t feel right.

    Stunningly beautiful saleswoman. Like hauntingly, can’t-get-her-out-of-my-mind, beautiful. It’s possible that on my deathbed my last words will be “Chloe . . . Chloe . . .” And everyone at my bedside will look at each other and say “Who the hell is Chloe?”

    • Luciano

      You should go back and try it again… 🙂

    • ranjix

      pics or didn’t happen 🙂

  • SuperStrapper

    Porches are not attractive cars. I’ve never seen one I had a real interest in owning. I have 3 customers with 911 turbos. In my eye, ridiculous purchases both. But that’s just my preference.
    The watch doesn’t look awful, but like almost all PD watches there isn’t enough here to encourage a purchase, least of all value. I actually kinda like this case structure they’ve used for a while now, but the want to change straps (which is strong in me) tells me is not a watch I’d get along with.

  • Bozzor

    Whilst not for me to purchase, I really like this design: Porsche have captured hints of the 1970s in a very clean, modern and unique design. Very tough to pull that off.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    No.

  • Independent_George

    She was doing that when I walked in. There were two very slicked-out bros she was helping, and she repeatedly dropped the “I got this for my boyfriend”, “This looks great on my boyfriend”. I didn’t expect her to even help me, but when she did I took Seinfeld’s “Looking at the Sun” advice — catch a glimpse then look away, because it has burned me in the past. So I spend most of my time looking at the watches.

  • Justino Valverde

    The seconds hand (running indicator in this case) would be where it reads “Timeless Machine”, notice the axis near that part.

  • Justino Valverde

    Not for me. The Orfina and/or Lemania era were the best Porsche desing chronographs.

  • SuperStrapper

    I don’t prefer it.

  • Greg Dutton

    I like PD’s design language, and some of their vintage stuff is great. But $7k is absurd. I’ll wait until it hits the grey market for $995.

    • ranjix

      we both might have to wait a long while 🙁

  • Poul Winther Knudsen

    Applaud it for the innovation. But at 42mm and with those lugs – doubt can work on anything sub-7″.

  • Redglyph

    Porsche is famous for their cars, not for building watches, so I’m not sure I see the interest. I’d rather have a known watch brand with a good reputation. They’re not even built in the same country, Porsche’s main factory is at Stuttgart, Germany, and is not “Swiss-made” (if this model is indeed made in Switzerland, it may as well come from China for all we know).

    So just hype they’re trying to feed upon.

    14.9mm-thick is huge and fat, it’s sad they didn’t succeed in something elegant as a Porsche, at least. Otherwise the face is beautifully made, perhaps the “Swiss-made” is a bit of a bad taste, as well as the “timeless machine” in an hemi-circle. The Porsche logo is not there, instead there is a logo that ressembles Jaguar’s?!

    In summary then, a nice face but not pure lines, technically unimpressive and awkward, claiming affiliation with Porsche but apparently unfaithful, and ultimately an brandless watch which is very expensive. Anyone interested? I’m not 😀

  • Billy Fung

    Still a 7750!