Like Porsche as an automaker, Porsche Design has a penchant for exceedingly clean design. My all time favorite item from their studio was the Contax T, a beautiful little folding rangefinder built in the early 1980s. This jewel-like camera combined elegant design, perfect ergonomics, and wonderfully sophisticated materials. Like the 1919 Eternity 911 timepiece in this post, it even featured titanium construction. The 1919 Eternity 911 One Millionth Limited Edition timepiece’s name may lack simplicity, but the item itself carries traditional Porsche Design virtues in its appearance and construction.
Evoking the Millionth 911
Built to commemorate the 1,000,000th 911, which was constructed last Spring, this new timepiece shares design elements with that car. The Irish Green bodywork is mirrored in the Irish Green second hand on the watch, and the 1,000,000 logo with 911 profile is displayed proudly on the watch face. The strap is constructed of the same leather and stitching Porsche used on the 1,000,000th car’s seats.
Even discounting the touches that draw it closer to the millionth 911, this is a very handsome timepiece. The case is made of titanium, and finished in black with a titanium carbide coating. The face measures 42mm in diameter, and the sapphire crystal glass is treated with anti-reflective coatings inside and out. Water resistance is up to 10 bar. Like the other 1919-family watches, this timepiece uses Swiss movement. In this case a Sellita SW 200-1 with 26 jewels, and features a 38-hour power reserve. Rotor construction is handled by Porsche Design themselves, and is specific to this family of watches.
Pricing and Availability
Production is limited to 130 units and the number is derived from the original 911’s 130 horsepower power output. 20 units will be available for US customers and each will include a numbered plaque, a limited edition Porsche Design Booklet, and a bespoke box.
The watches are available now through Porsche Design, at a retail price of $4,200. These watches are already appearing through other dealers, often at a substantial markup.