The Porsche Design watch that rewrites chronograph design rules

The inspiration for the chronograph was born from the engine architecture of the new Porsche RSR.

By Justin Mastine-frost 30/03/2017

One thing is clear: Innovation is once again paramount in Porsche Design's timepiece division. The new Monobloc Actuator doesn't look particularly over-the-top at first glance, but the brand has developed a new and unique way to operate its chronograph function that has never been seen before.

Using the crown as a pivot point, Porsche Design's R&D team designed a single rocking actuator arm to replace the push pieces on a conventional chronograph. The single arm pivots within a hair's breadth of both the rest of the case and the timepiece's sapphire crystal, and as the upper portion is pressed inward, the lower arcs outward.

In the early concept phases Porsche Design's team spent a great deal of time brainstorming how it could take a page from the Porsche Motorsport division to bring a new design element into its latest creation. As the team began examining the engine architecture of the new Porsche RSR, the idea for the Monobloc Actuator was born.

Porsche Design opted to source movements from ETA/Valjoux to power the new Monobloc Actuator models rather than return to Eterna, which supplied the bulk of the calibres in 2016.

When previewing the new piece in late January, Porsche Design's head of timepieces provided what could only be called a slightly guarded reply when pressed regarding the move to in-house calibre manufacture, leading us to suspect that this may be part of the brand's long-term plan.

In the case of this latest release, the choice of using these robust ETA Valjoux movements is certainly not a bad choice, given the category in which the watch is competing.

The Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator will be offered in a few different configurations, including three of the GMT-Chronotimer and a single version of the 24H-Chronotimer.

Available with brushed-black or muted-blue dials, each model, starting from $US6350 (about $A8350) will be available on either a natural rubber strap or a somewhat chunky slat-style titanium bracelet.

The addition of the aforementioned bracelet to the piece's already fairly large dimensions (45.5 mm in diameter and 15.6 mm thick) make it a little hefty for collectors with slimmer wrists, though the switch to a rubber strap makes a significant difference in fit. (porsche-design.us)

ADVERTISE WITH US

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Stay Connected

You may also like.

Chopard’s Latest Time Traveller

Arriving in a menacing monochromatic aesthetic.

By Terry Christodoulou

07/04/2021

Robb Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41

Does a lesser size hold less appeal? In what’s shaping as the year of the pilot at IWC, we take the historic brand’s latest, shrunken chrono for an outing.

By Richard Clune

07/04/2021

Watches & Wonders 2021 (So Far)

Updated daily, acquaint yourself with the finest new releases from the digitised Swiss fair.

By Paige Reddinger, Carol Besler, Victoria Gomelsky

07/04/2021

H. Moser & Cie Just Dropped A New Fumé Dial

With a hand inspired by an eraser.

By Paige Reddinger

06/04/2021

Warhol’s Other Masterpieces

The artist’s eye for fine watches proves he was among the most sophisticated connoisseurs.

By Mark C. O'flaherty

02/04/2021

Buy the Magazine

Subscribe to Robb Report today!

Subscribe today

Stay Connected