Chronographs have been around for a long time, and due to their features, which include the ability to record elapsed time, they remain popular with average watch buyers and collectors.
Models are available in a wide variety of price ranges, as well; you can buy a chronograph for as little as $20 or spend tens of thousands on one.
They all generally have the same look to them, however – multiple dials, usually at 4 and 8 o’clock, and three buttons on the edge of the case. The center crown controls time for the watch itself, and the upper and lower buttons control the chronograph features.
It’s been this way for a long time, and most people simply understand this design to be How It Is when it comes to a chronograph.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. People know a chronograph when they see one. They understand what it does, and if you’ve ever worn one before, you’ll intuitively understand how it works and more importantly, how to use it. That’s great, because you won’t have to spend time with a learning curve when you first buy one. You can just put it on and go.
So leave it to Porsche Design to turn the tables on chronograph design. They’ve come up with a model that looks quite a bit different, in more ways than one.
At first glance, you’ll see that the inset dials are not in the usual location, but are instead at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock. That’s a bit different, but what really stands out is what you’ll see when you look at the crown.
One button. Just one.
The Monoblock Actuator makes use of a rocking actuator arm that uses the crown as a pivot point. This allows you to have a single control that has multiple functions.
It also streamlines the look of the watch, which, we must say, looks terrific.
The watch will be available with either a black face or a blue one, and with a leather strap or a titanium bracelet.
That’s the good part. The bad part is the price. While not in the Stratosphere, it will be out of the price range of most buyers, as the watch starts at a bit over $6000.
On the other hand, if you’re a fan of the company’s automobiles, and you already own one, then you’re already likely in the income range necessary to buy one of these beauties.