Porsche's 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series car and watch set is igniting the passions of petrolheads worldwide
The exclusivity of this bespoke car-watch combo is the holy trinity of high-speed horology
You know the feeling when you take delivery of a brand-new car and, for at least a few days, you can’t help peering at it from your home just to check it’s still there? Well, if you own a Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series then you can also get that new car feeling every time you glance at your wrist. To explain, just 500 of these special turbos are being fashioned in Stuttgart’s Exclusive Manufaktur enclave – built to order, of course – and with them the company is preparing watches made to match the owner’s motor. See one of these chronographs flirting under a gentleman’s cuff and you know he’s dropped £187,000 for the limited-edition machine as well as £8,600 for the wrist attire. No need for the masonic handshake.
The dial incorporates carbon-fibre from the factory storeroom and is finished with original Turbo S Exclusive Series exterior paint (most customers have gone for gold), while the strap’s leather comes from the same cows that gave themselves up for your supercar’s perforated seats. Underneath, the rotor is exposed and finished to look exactly like your 911’s custom-designed carbon wheel rim, complete with that famous coat of arms. Ferrari have Hublot and Bentley have Breitling, but Porsche remains the only car company to
make its very own timepieces.
Porsche Design introduced the first matt black watch, developed the flyback mechanism to measure laptimes, and the whole range comes with lightweight titanium casings inspired by the crankshaft the Porsche 917 pioneered at Le Mans. The passion project of Professor Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, the urbane grandson of the car company’s founder and the man who gave the world the 911, Porsche Design was established in 1972 with its first chronograph, built 200 miles from Stuttgart in Solothurn, Switzerland.
Today’s range, in addition to the bespoke models, comprises the Chronotimer, the Monobloc Actuator – with its lunar-looking casing and engine-inspired single rocker switch perfect for recording laptimes – and, launched this year at Baselworld, the 1919.
Here, timeless elegance takes precedence over sportiness. It is purist, functional, understated yet distinctive. Prices for this all-new timepiece start at £2,580 rising to £5,200. Porsche Design isn’t just some merch spin-off – its kit is imbued by the sports car company’s mind-set of minimalist perfection and bountiful performance. These watches are the result of 45 years of Porsche design innovation, combined with the technical knowledge that comes from 30,000 race victories. Add in the exclusivity of this bespoke car-watch combo and you have the holy trinity of high-speed horology.