With the new MONOBLOC ACTUATOR Collection, Porsche Design sets new standards in the art and science of time measurement.
The watchmakers at Porsche Design Timepieces AG in Solothurn, Switzerland collaborated with the designers at Studio F. A. Porsche in Zell am See, Austria and the engineers at Porsche Development Centre in Weissach, Germany to develop this line. The result is a revolutionary new approach to the operation of a chronograph.
The role model for this innovative mechanism is the racing engine of the new Porsche 911 RSR: a paradigmatic ex-ample of precision and performance on the highest level.
The timepieces comprising the MONOBLOC ACTUATOR line achieve the unprecedented feat of literally engineering the chronograph’s buttons seamlessly into the case of the watch. A multiply borne rocker switch alternately sets into motion and halts the chronograph mechanism of automatic Calibre ETA Valjoux 7754.
Like the valves in the racing engine of the 911 RSR, this mechanism provides absolute precision, dependability, and continual, reliable protection against moisture penetration throughout operation. This means the stopwatch function of this chronograph, which is pressure-resistant to ten bar, is operational underwater.
The MONOBLOC ACTUATOR GMT-Chronotimer model versions offer the ideal companions at 24-hour races, or simply jetting across multiple time zones. Each version comes in a 45.5 millimetre titanium case, the staple material for the brand since its innovation in 1980.
The watches, available with a matte black or a deep blue sunburst-dial, come on a rubber strap, or an all-titanium bracelet, which utilizes a folding clasp with integrated fine-adjustment-mechanism to ensure a perfect fit.
The MONOBLOC ACTUATOR 24H-Chronotimer features an innovative black titanium-carbide coating over its titanium case, a matte black dial, and a checkered-flag-design function indicator at “9 o’clock” — especially useful due to its optimal readability. This model is exclusively available on a rubber strap with deployment buckle.
The new MONOBLOC ACTUATOR Collection will be available in Porsche Design stores and select wholesalers starting in May 2017. Prices range from approximately $6,350 to $6,850.
Model: Porsche Design MONOBLOC ACTUATOR
Finishing: Black titanium carbide coating | glass-bead-blasted
Diameter: 45,50 mm
Height: 15,60 mm
Glass: Sapphire crystal with hard coating, scratch-proof, sevenfold anti-glare properties on both sides
Additional indication: 24-hour scale
Case back: Screw-down with tinted sapphire crystal
Chronograph actuation: Completely case-integrated, multiple-mounted rocker switch
Water-resistant: Dynamically water-resistant up to 10 bar
Swiss chronograph caliber ETA Valjoux 7754 with two-zone mechanism [ Indication of two-zone-mechanism via centered hand ]
Rotor: Porsche Design Icon Rotor
Diameter: 30 mm
Height: 7.90 mm
Power reserve: 48 hours
Vibrations: 28,800 per hour [ 4 Hz ]
Black | blue with sunburst effect | matte black with red indices, minute, hour, mechanical function display at 9 o’clock, chronograph second hand, 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, date window at 4 o’clock, tachymeter scale
Titanium | black rubber with LaserFlex profile
Clasp: Titanium folding clasp with fine adjustment | titanium and stainless steel foldover clasp