The Porsche 911 remains one of the most important classic sports cars of all time, with the streamlined body shape being instantly recognisable to any car enthusiast, even in silhouette. Now Porsche Porsche Design open a new chapter in the shape of the new 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition chronograph.
This watch is the first of four limited models to accompany the launch of selected 911 Heritage Design vehicles spanning four decades.
Based on the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the limited collector’s models transport iconic looks from the respective epoch to the present. With the highest focus on authenticity, style-defining details, special colors, patterns and materials are interpreted in the context and with the means of the present. They have a modern look and are state-of-the-art in terms of production and technology.
With the boom in motorsport themed chronographs right now, the timing is perfect for watches that can capture the essence of Porsche competition in the 60s and 70s in particular. The dial design is very car clocks/dashboard and we love the semi-recessed pushers and the alloy wheel spoked design on the see-thru caseback as well. All great design touches that set this watch apart.
The automatic chronograph is driven by the Porsche Design WERK 01.100. The new in-house developed chronograph calibre, with COSC certification, guarantees maximum precision. Like the vehicle, the chronograph in the titanium case typical of Porsche Design is limited to 992 pieces.
The Porsche movement is based on the Sellita SW200 workhorse and at this price watch buyers should expect a bit more technology inside the case. Maybe a joint venture partnership with someone like Tudor, whereby Tudor MT5612 movements can be shared with Porsche, would help to justify a 10K price tag? Just an idea.
The strap is made of Porsche interior leather, supplied in two lengths in Bordeaux red and in black. The seams are tone on tone for an expressive look. The embossed “911” is another tribute to the sports car icon. One thing that strikes us about the flush-fitting strap is that such a unique design looks impossible to replace from an owner point of view, so when the strap wears out – or you want a change of colour – your only choice will be a dealer/factory fitted item – expensive.
Like every Porsche Design timepiece, the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition chronograph is made entirely of titanium. Due to the extreme lightness, durability and corrosion resistance, the high-tech material used in the construction of racing cars guarantees maximum performance with maximum comfort.
The individual vehicle limitation number is affixed to the housing base using laser engraving. that adorns the central lock of the elevator rotor. The individual vehicle limitation number is affixed to the housing base.
For future owners of the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, the strictly limited chronograph can be ordered exclusively from the Porsche Centres and online at www.porsche-design.com/911TargaHeritage from June at a RRP of EUR 10,950.00.