Well it’s taken about 50 years or so, but Porsche and TAG Heuer – or Heuer as it was – are finally official partners on limited edition watches, and of course it is the Carrera model. What else could it be?
See the TAG Heuer Porsche Carrera launch video here;
In the press video today, TAG explained that this is just the start of a partnership arrangement, so expect more models. How about an Autavia Le Mans, or perhaps a Gulf Porsche Monaco? We’re just bandying ideas around, we have no inside track at TAG!
The launch Carrera in black features a striking Tarmac style dial plate, with that rippled blackness motorsport fans know only too well from watching at Silverstone, Assen or many other circuits. It also a red Porsche script etched into the bezel to set it apart from the sister Carerra Chronograph range. On the dial you will immediately notice the bold Porsche dashboard style minute numbers, which seem to lift slightly from the asphalt style dial plate.
Yep, no hour markers, just minutes. We like that.
Inside the 44mm case you’ll find a TAG Cal.02 movement, with no upgrades or tweaks from the sister Carrera model. But an 80 hour power reserve is class-leading at this price point. Sapphire crystal of course, plus a choice of leather strap model at £4865, or steel bracelet at bang on 5K.
Verdict; A future classic without doubt even if five grand for a TAG does seem a bit tasty. More here.
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.