Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 – Full Review of The Stealth Chronograph (live photos, specs & price)

June 11, 2021
9 min read

The Porsche Design Studio in Zell-am-See, Austria, is related to clear, ageless, and obvious design that is the brand name of all Porsche Design Group items. Quite possibly the most significant and powerful series of items conceived there are the watches. Generally, manifestations that began from this studio encompassed an unmistakable vision of how to make an unadulterated and ageless accuracy instrument. From the selection of materials to the general design, Butzi Porsche figured out how to control with exactness among usefulness and extravagance. This design ethos is at any point present in the new chronograph series introduced for the current year. Today on Monochrome, we audit the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 in matte black.


With the Chronotimer Series 1, Porsche Design presents chronograph watches impacted by amazing Porsche Design symbols created in 1972 and 1978; generally we are managing a combination of these watches built from the best materials with the best expectations. Right off the bat, the Chronograph 1, which was presented in 1972, was a pivotal game chronograph. Striking from its origin and simultaneously basic in its design, this watch caused a buzz. The chronograph 1 was the primary watch that opposed the conventional design that existed in chronographs up to that point. It turned into a style-characterizing exemplary because of its appearance: it was black, something that had never seen. Be that as it may, not just the shade of the watch was progressive. It was the entire wristwatch itself. Butzi Porsche, embracing the Bauhaus esthetics, designed a profoundly useful wristwatch, which mixed usefulness and esthetics in equivalent measure. Nothing was there for decoration.

In 1978 Butzi Porsche composed once more another section in watchmaking history with his uncommon design, with a chronograph made completely of titanium: the IWC by Porsche Design (Ref. 3700). Chronographs had been substantial and cumbersome up until that point. Handling the new material, titanium , permitted the designer to develop a light and compact watch that was similarly pretty much as solid and exact as its tempered steel archetypes. Consequently, Professor Porsche changed once more the watch business, setting another benchmark.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was one of the genuinely extraordinary designers of the 20th Century. He considered one of the world’s generally conspicuous and unbelievable game vehicles; the Porsche 911. In all that he imagined, he attempted to introduce the essential standards of the Bauhaus development embellished with a hurdle of extravagance and uniqueness. Therefore, he figured out how to mix new materials, advancements, and utilitarian polish into a genuinely select notable contemporary design that withstood time by being exemplary and present day and richly lavish at the equivalent time.  His different wristwatch manifestations make our statement just as the Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1, which we will review.

The Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1

The Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 are grown altogether by Porsche Design Timepieces AG, situated in Solothurn (Switzerland) – and they are likewise made in Switzerland. The bezels are accessible in black, titanium or 18-carat rose gold. The dial likewise comes in numerous flavors: black, carbon or dark blue, while top notch leather, innovative texture and elastic are the decisions the purchaser has with respect to the ties; obviously a titanium arm band is accessible too (all can be seen here, in the article we distributed when the watch was presented ).

The Chronotimer 1 we had for our survey is the all black one with the coordinating wristband and honestly, it is an impossible to miss watch… on first look what you see is outright and straightforward – no extravagant accessories, nothing! Notwithstanding, when you begin seeing the chronograph in your grasp, then you understand that its stark look is the thing that makes it very remarkable. It appears to be like Butzi’s inheritance actually flourishes in Zell-am-See. It’s measurements – 42mm in width and 14,6mm in stature – implies that this is a moderately huge and cumbersome chronograph by traditional terms. It wears enormous in light of the fact that it is a significant long watch (drag to-carry dispersing is better than expected) anyway the secrecy looks and its weight make the wearability of the Chronotimer a very comfortable experience.

The case is made of Titanium which is glass dot impacted with black covering. Porsche Design completes the Chronotimer with this cycle since it is a viable method of expanding the weariness properties of metal parts and surfaces (the watch case) and offers protection from stress consumption cracking. Glass dabs are hard and lightweight in this way they produce a high size layer of buildup while leaving a smooth surface completion. Therefore, the advantage is a watch that can withstand a significant maltreatment, while the black tone makes an outwardly engaging outcome that retains the practice of the primary black chronograph in history.

The Chronotimer likewise fuses a tachymeter scale on the bezel and has a screw-down crown since the watch is water impervious to 5 Bar. To wrap things up it has a curved, scratch-safe and twofold covered enemy of intelligent sapphire gem on the front and a screwed-case back with black-colored sapphire precious stone on the back. Actually, I imagine that this alternative is cunning since I got myself commonly to appreciate the ETA/Valjoux 7750 altogether its glory.

The dial of the Chronotimer stays in concordance with the case and with the personality of the watch in general. It is a straightforward dial with decent subtleties, anyway it stays exceptionally utilitarian and intelligible. The matt black glass dab impacted dial has a brushed section ring with matt white numerals. The files are white and dim while the Porsche Design logo is exceptionally cleaned. What rules the dial of the Chronotimer are the two focal sub-dials; we can see an imbalance between the consistent seconds sub-dial at 9 o’ clock and the 30 moment and 12 hour sub-dials which are put at 12 and 6 o’ clock. These two are generously greater and they are round brushed with cleaned edges. By actuating the chronograph capacities, the Chronotimer client has an ideal neatness of the passed time. Therefore, it becomes evident that the device/instrument ethos of the primary manifestations of Butzi rises above ages and it is at any point present in the 2015 Chronotimer Series 1. To wrap things up, we can likewise notice the exceptionally cleaned white iridescent hour and moment hands while the hands for the focal subdials have red tips.

The chronograph’s heart is the exemplary ETA/Valjoux cal.7750. In light of the workhorse manual-wind Valjoux 7733, the 7750 was one of the primary developments to be designed with the guide of a computer in the mid 1970’s. It utilizes a programmed winding module appended to the highest point of the development, twisting in one heading by methods for a solitary double tap wheel. The 7750 is 13.25 lignes (30 millimeter), 7.9 millimeters thick and flaunts a 42-hours power hold (48 hours for our situation since Porsche Design professionals adjusted the type). At first utilizing 17 gems, current variants utilize 25. An ETA/Valjoux 7750-fueled watch is portrayed by its rather hardened pusher activity, and by the recognizable “wobble” of the winding rotor when it turns inside the watch – and for our situation, I encountered both. The pushers have a firm however extremely good inclination when squeezed and now and again the Chronotimer appear to become dynamic in my wrist. Actually I do adore the exemplary 7750 ‘wobble’ impact. It continually helps me the internal workings to remember a simply mechanical wristwatch.

This incredible type runs at 28,800 bpm (first versions ran at 21,600 bpm) and it has an extraordinary standing of being phenomenal intense with an almost indestructible self-winding component. Its design is clear and offers incredible clarity. We can notice little seconds at 9 o’clock, the 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock the 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and the date window with snappy set capacity at 3 o’clock. Here, as we showed beforehand, the two chronograph sub-dials are a lot greater for improved neatness. Additionally the type, which can be seen from the open back sapphire glass is done with exclusive requirements – with a rotor that has imbedded the Porsche Design logo. As far I am concerned, a perfect and tasteful detail.

Last however not least the watch accompanied a glass dab impacted titanium wristband with black covering and a twofold collapsing deployant fasten with press button discharge. Most importantly, the arm band is the ideal counterpart for the personality of the watch. It is enormously executed, and entirely comfortable on the wrist. In spite of the fact that Porsche Design offers the Chronotimer series of watches with many quality alternatives, I believe that it’s basic to wear the watch on its wristband. It promotions a great deal to the secretive character of the chronograph and its a noteworthy combo practically and visibly.


There is a well-known axiom about airplane that on the off chance that it looks well it flies well. I could say that this aphorism applies for our situation with the Chronotimer 1 chronographs. The watch is appealing in its stark structure and extremely rich in its severe character. How somebody will combine these components may be troublesome however for our situation the special case characterizes the standard. This watch is entirely comfortable to wear and will endure forever, as each quality mechanical watch ought to, since the materials picked and the manner in which this chronograph is fabricated are top notch.

The character and the ethos of this particular watch are to me at any rate its greatest strength and its greatest shortcoming. On one hand we have a watch with an unmistakable and characterized raison d’être: a chronograph designed to be an unadulterated and ageless accuracy instrument in which each design subtlety follows a particular explanation. Then again, in our time, this may look to some as an over oversimplified method of design ethos. Notwithstanding, I will express that basic things are the most complex all things considered. For our situation, there is such a great amount to find in the event that you begin to wear and live with the watch in your ordinary activities.

The Porsche Design Chronotimer 1 may be a troublesome Chronograph to comprehend. It will be purchased by somebody who esteems an instrument decorated richly with hints of extravagance. It is an intense decision particularly on a market that thrives with extreme chronographs and forthcoming purchasers that esteem great looking, gems like, superficial point of interest watches. This chronograph from Porsche Design follows the decree “structure follows work” and in that capacity, it is made for the individuals who need to have an effect with their watch. Clearly, it is a wristwatch that it is extraordinary, similarly as with each Porsche Design manifestations. The Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 is a chronograph that follows the soul of the company’s originator and that is something that should be cheered. Price: 4.750 Euros. Porsche-Design.com .