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The New Porsche Design Chronograph 1 – GP 2023 Limited Edition

Motorsport enthusiasts will appreciate the new face-lifted version of the iconic Porsche Design Chronograph.

| By Denis Peshkov | 4 min read |
Porsche Design Chronograph 1 - GP 2023 Limited Edition

This year marked the 50th anniversary of Porsche Design, and celebrations started early in the year. In January, the company revealed a Chronograph 1 -1972 Limited Edition, a faithful homage to the original all-black Porsche Design Chronograph launched in 1972, only in a titanium case vs the original steel and with a WERK 01.140 flyback chronograph calibre vs the original Valjoux 7750, in a limited edition of 500. And this is the base for a new limited edition, which is linked to one of the coolest races of our times, the GP Ice Race

In addition to the 50Y limited edition, there was also the Chronograph 1 – 911 Edition 50Y Porsche Design; this one is pretty much the same as the Chronograph 1, only a modern version replaced the retro logo seen on the dial. The Chronograph 1 featured a solid caseback, and the transparent caseback of the Chronograph 1 – 911 Edition 50Y Porsche Design showcased a Fuchsfelgen-shaped rotor. The production was limited to 750 watches, exclusively available to buyers of the 911 Porsche Design 50th Anniversary Edition cars.

Porsche Design Chronograph 1 - GP 2023 Limited Edition

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A unique GP Ice Race 2022 chronograph also marked the anniversary. Since 2019, the GP Ice Race has been organised by Ferdinand Porsche, Prof. F. A. Porsche’s nephew, and it is a car-racing event on an ice track that takes place in Zell am See in Austria, home to Porsche Design studio since 1974 and also Porsche’s family ancestral home. The GP 2022 Edition watch was based on Chronograph 1 and was offered with an exclusive strap to wear over a racing suit. Produced as a limited edition of only 50 pieces and supplied with goodies in the collector’s box, it sold out quickly.

Photo: Stefan Bogner for Porsche Newsroom

In January 2023, the Ice Race competition will again disrupt the silence of Austria’s countryside. Once again, fans of the iconic brand will get their chance to buy a Porsche Design Chronograph 1 – GP 2023 Edition. This time the production is limited to 250 pieces to avoid angering the crowds.

Porsche Design Chronograph 1 - GP 2023 Limited Edition

The new watch comes in an uncoated titanium case with a 40.8mm diameter and a 14.5mm height. The crown, the chronograph pushers, and the lugs are contrasting black, a perfect match with the matte metal. The dial is black with contrasting fluorescent markers in white. Around the dial, where the 2022 reference had a wide flange with the tachymeter scale, the new edition features a 60-min scale with indicators set at 5-min intervals, marked by dots and corresponding numerals. 

Ferdinand “Ferdi” Porsche (son of Dr Wolfgang Porsche and nephew of F.A. Porsche), the man behind GP Ice Race, here with the 2023 Edition

The time is indicated by rectangular-shaped central hour and pointed minute hands coated with luminous material. Red sub-counters hands at 12 and 6 o’clock visually support the red chronograph central hand. At 9 o’clock, there is the small seconds sub-dial. On the opposite side is a day-date display with a vintage Porsche Design logo on top of the aperture. The logo is also found on the crown, clasp and back of the case. The seven-fold, anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with hard coating protects the dial and provides optimal legibility. The caseback is solid, with appropriate inscriptions and a small but fun GP logo – a Yeti sitting on a tractor. 

The calibre WERK 01.240, a proprietary development of the 7750 movement with a flyback function and COSC certification, drives the New Porsche Design Chronograph 1 GP 2023 Limited Edition.

The GP 2023 Limited Edition is introduced with two strap variants. The white GP fabric strap, previously offered with the GP 2022 Edition, is designed to be worn over a ski or racing suit – the brand suggests that skijoring enthusiasts will appreciate it. Porsche Design will supply a classic black leather strap with a matte-black titanium folding clasp for those not up to the ultimate winter courage test. In the past, the skiers were pulled across the ice track by horses; the Zell am See event implicates pulling by race cars, a modern-day variant of skijoring.

Customers can order the limited Porsche Design Chronograph 1 – GP 2023 Edition starting 11 January 2023 at and in Porsche Design Stores worldwide for EUR 8,950. Buyers will receive the watch in a black box with a laser-engraved acrylic plaque.

7 responses

  1. dynamic water resistant
    why not, so let the watch choose its dynamics on that…

  2. For those of you, who are interested in more details:
    Hodinkee uploaded yesterday a Talking Watches with Ferdi on their YouTube Channel.

    @Monochrome Team thx for the article and I hope this comment is okay for you.

  3. I still have one of those PD watches, and the caliber is not a 7750, it is a Lemania 5100, used by Orfina Watch Company, and THAT was the ORIGINAL watch, not the 7750. The 7750 came many years later.

  4. @Jorge Robles – I’m sorry to disagree with you… the first models were powered by a Valjoux 7750. I’ve done rather extensive research on the subject and here’s what I found (published in another article) “The first examples of the Porsche Design Chronograph 1 were equipped with an innovative movement (back then), the now-emblematic Valjoux 7750. Integrated and automatic, it was meant to be performant yet reliable, perfectly in line with the entire definition of this watch. With the quartz crisis showing its first signs, the industry had a hard time manufacturing movements. The production of the 7750 would be stopped, meaning that Butzi had to find another supplier. This is why, as of the mid-1970s (somewhere between 1974 and 1975), the Porsche Design Chronograph 1 will be equipped with an automatic Lemania calibre 5100”
    From this article

  5. Buy original.
    this is a homage watch at 10x the price from a society boy of big heritage.
    has he shown master skills in watchmaking or design, aside from that party garage next to a hotel? yes, he’s a master of naive watch-fan play on hodinkee, where basically all pre-text is done by the interviewer. He’s the boss, maybe, that’s fine – it’s business.
    But it offers no additional value to the original only more cash to cut for it.
    Like before, check for Sinn, Guinand, sport-chrono, yes, no flyback and different fonts, but not more ugly, just not porsche logo’d. They both have been there with this style well before Porsche with its original.


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