If you are the lucky owner of a Porsche, you might not always be able to bring your car along. Porsche Design has a wide range of products that will remember you of your favorite car, from water cookers via suit cases to time pieces. Unlike many other ‘branded’ accessories, Porsche Design uses Siemens for their water cookers and Eterna for their time pieces. They have liaised with IWC in the past as well, but currenty, Porsche Design chose to go with Eterna. Porsche Design introduced a number of interesting time pieces during the last few BaselWorld (that’s where all the magic happens every year for watch freaks) expositions, among them is this Rattrapante P 6920 chronograph.
For those who don’t have a clue, rattrapante (or split-seconds) means that the chronograph function of the watch is able to clock intermediate times using two second hands. By using the start and stop buttons on the right side of the watch and the button on the left (at 10 o’clock) is used to measure the intermediate time. When this button is being pushed again, the second hand that stopped with catch up with the [other] running one again.
Porsche Design’s Rattrapante P6920 Watch uses the renown ETA/Valjoux 7750 movement as a basis caliber, where ETA still has a reference to Eterna, to which it once belonged. The AR2 module takes care of the rattrapante functionality of the watch. The movement is also modified with a double-sided winding system with energy-optimized Porsche Design rotor designed by Eterna for the Indicator P’6920. The Rattrapante Chronograph comes with a certificate of precision issued by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. This means the watch will perform within a deviation of -4/+6 seconds a day, which is considered to be very accurate for a mechanical watch.
This time piece has a satin-finished & shot-blasted titanium case with black PVD coating, the same goes for the bezel and case back of the watch. The screw-down crown makes sure the watch is water resistant to 50 meters and the chronograph pushers are black PVD-coated titanium in the design of a Porsche Carrera GT. As you would have guessed already, the watch has a sapphire crystal. The black rubber strap that comes with the watch has a Porsche Carrera GT profile moulded inside and can be locked tightly to your wrist with the black PVD-coated titanium folding clasp.
I hope the dimensions of this watch won’t become a show stopper, since the diameter of the P’6920 is 45mm and a height of 15.5mm. Although large watches are still here to stay, I can imagine that not everyone is eager to make bold statements about their favourite car brand. The good part is that this large watch only weights about 108 grams.
With a list price of 19.230 Euro / +/- 29,000 USD this watch doesn’t come cheap but it certainly isn’t an average merchandise watch to promote Porsche. The Porsche Design brand was founded in 1972 by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, and since then its products have stood for functional and purist design.
The Rattrapante P’6920 Watch is limited to 200 pieces for the model described here and 50 pieces for the P’6920 with the PVD-coated titanium and rosé gold bezel combination.
Porsche Design Rattrapante P´6920
All pictures courtesy of Porsche Design.