Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity Watch

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Originality 6.2
Movement 8.1
Style 9
Quality 7.8
This rare, almost all-black Porsche Design model takes us back to basics with a design that exudes both style and practicality. It's simple, elegant and appealing to the purists, with a safe black titanium case and stripped-back aesthetic. It's not going to win any awards for pursuing innovation, but what it does do it does well and with class.
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With a name that pays homage to the year in which Bauhaus Dessau was founded, this recent release from Porsche Design is one of our favourite models from their new 1919 Collection. The aesthetic is simple, edgy and effortlessly fuses style and practicality. The design reminds us of those simplistic, quality timepieces that only the purists really value. And it’s not complicated either, with a smooth titanium case and adaptable rubber strap for increased ventilation. This is a timepiece made for absolute comfort – stripped-back and carefully refined, with a LaserFlex texture, old-school screw-down crown and convex glass, which is, of course, both scratch-resistant and anti-reflective.

Fresh from the cradle, the Porsche Design Group founded Porsche Design Timepieces AG in 2014 in the peaceful city of Solothurn, Switzerland. By the end of the year, these cool Porsche Design timepieces had started to emerge, created in cooperation with Design Studio. However, it wasn’t until Baselworld 2016 that the Porsche Design Timepieces were properly debuted with their own booth and a proper introduction to the global market. Of all the models that were on display, we had to choose this Datetimer Eternity for our next review. The solid case design, skeletonized lug structure and legible, lume-enhanced dial really caught our eye. Then there’s the luxurious black and titanium case, a theme that’s carried throughout their collection, save one stand-out model with a slightly bronzed colour, greyish green dial and brown alligator strap.

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When you look at the sloping case and simple design you can tell that this watch and the original Porsche 356 car share the same genesis. Beautified by careful subtleties, the Datetimer Eternity case is 42mm wide and 11.92mm with a stretched lug-to-lug distance. The painted numerals were scrapped for the dial in favour of bold indices accentuated with lume, as well as Arabic baton hour markers, giving the whole design the easy cool of a classic Panerai model. It keeps things simple with a more technical approach and a reduced visual mass that utilises slow curves instead of abrupt edges. The case is also domed and fitted with an AR-coated Sapphire crystal protected by the solid titanium caseback. Finally, the casing has been given a sand-blasted finish, whereas the crown, caseback and thin bezel have all been polished. For those who like to know such things, this classy piece is powered by a Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic mechanical movement, operating at 4Hz, with a relatively short power reserve of 38 hours.

You’ll find this Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer is available for around: £2332.72

 

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