Forget blue suede shoes, how about a blue suede watch? Porsche Design has just fashioned a brand new timepiece that features a strap made from the same supple leather found inside its coveted sports cars—and in a subtle blue hue, no less.
A deep navy riff on the 1919 Chronotimer Flyback, which the brand debuted in brown leather two years ago, the timepiece is a remarkable mix of form and function. Taking cues from the iconic Porsche 911, the watch pairs a high-performance chronograph movement with a dial design that evokes the dashboard of the brand’s famous automobiles.
Porsche began making products outside of its fleet of cars in 1972 when Ferdinand Alexander Porsche transitioned from founder to board member after Porsche KG became a joint stock company under Porsche AG. No longer able to put his designs on wheels and finding himself with too much free time on his hands, he began driving his creativity in a new direction. In 1972, Porsche Design was born. The first order of business? Watches. The chronograph—a function born out of the need to time races and intervals of speed—was a natural fit and remains so to date, along with eyewear. (But funnily enough, back in the ’70s, pipes and typewriters were also in the offering.)
Today the watch still sports a design reminiscent of that era—one that is, conveniently for the brand, very on trend at the moment. What is great about Porsche Design watches is that they maintain a retro vibe without feeling too vintage, because while timepieces that look like they’ve been sitting in your grandfather’s attic are cool again, they’re not for everyone. The latest Porsche Design timepiece’s unusual, sleek lugs and clean dial layout—all part of the brand’s DNA—along with its 42 mm size are just right for an everyday watch. Plus, if you’re already a Porsche owner, at $6,350, this watch is a no-brainer addition to your ride.
Crafted from 100 percent titanium—which is 46 percent lighter than stainless steel—the timepiece is as tough as nails while being incredibly lightweight. It’s also saltwater and heat resistant and has a 48-hour power reserve. Powered by the Werk 01.200 manufacture movement, the watch features a flyback function with chronometer-certified precision and is paced at 4 hertz.
In addition to the top-notch mechanicals, the design features a robust, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass case with anti-glare protection that means the watch is legible even on intensely bright days. Inside the 42 mm case, the dial features a blue background with high-contrast white accents and clean Arabic numerals to further enhance readability.
Then, of course, there’s the strap. Made of fine calfskin, the wonderfully soft band is colored a regal navy blue with gray stitching. It’s the exact leather the marque uses in its cars—because why not match your wrist to your 911?