This year, at Baselworld 2017, Porsche Design adds a significant new timepiece to the collection in the form of the Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator 24h Chronotimer. Apart from this major novelty, the brand also expands existing collections. While the Monobloc Actuator is inspired by the classic 1970’s titanium chronographs with the pushers integrated in the case, the new addition to the 1919 collection is a more subtle one. Nothing innovative, but still worth mentioning: the Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity All Titanium Blue.
Logical steps, nothing out of theme, nothing outrageous. The German approach if you will. Part of the Germanic way of producing useful items is the relentless form-follow-function execution. Every detail of the crafted item, in this case watches, has to make sense and add to the usability of the final product in one way or another.
Monochromatic colors and materials (grey and black, titanium and rubber) and the occasional touch of red to aid legibility or accentuate the sports theme, make it a collection that doesn’t stand out for its sparkle but for a very different reason. Upon taken a more examined look at what’s what, you’ll learn these watches are very solidly built, follow a clear and proper design and are extremely wearable.
If you remember the Porsche Design 1919 Globetimer (review here) you’ll know that we praised the watch for its fit and finish. The only complaint we had is that it was a bit too dark, a bit lacking in the frivolity department. For 2017, Porsche Design have a solution for this; a sunburst blue dial. Featured in the 1919 Datetimer Eternity collection, the flat dial is given a sunburst pattern from the center outwards, up to the edge of the dial where a minute track finishes the indications. This dial differs from the other 1919 Datetimer, “non-Eternity” labeled collection, which has a stepped dial, always in black.
Technically all remains the same. Inside you will still find the Sellita SW200 movement (a robust and precise ETA clone) indicating hours, minutes and seconds on a central axis and a date at 3 o’clock, and packing 38 hours of power. All in all, you end up with the same solid, well executed watch but with a touch of color to give it some more life. Still the same specs, the same sculptured integrated lugs, the same quality throughout but a watch that stands out a bit more than the others in the 1919 range by Porsche Design. Price for the new Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity All Titanium Blue is the same as the other full titanium ones; Euro 3,250. More information: Porsche-Design.com