Ferdi Porsche and Constantin Klein have incorporated their thoughts and ideas into the development phase with the design team at Studio F. A. Porsche in Zell am See, closely accompanying the subsequent realization of the chronograph at Porsche’s very own watch manufactury in Solothun, Switzerland. The result is a timepiece that is based on the original model from 1972, yet successfully embodies a new zeitgeist through refined design accents and functions that have been further developed – manufactured in a strictly limited edition of 250 pieces.
In the development process of the new timepiece, GP's focus was on optimizing its function as a timekeeping instrument at and on the race track: the 60-minute scaling of the bezel, the colored finish of the stop hands in classic Porsche red, the colored contrast of the pushers and crown in contrasting black, as well as the weight optimization by dispensing with the case coating – these details are not only stylistic elements, but above all guarantee optimal readability and measuring accuracy of the sporty timepiece.
The GP 2023 Edition also features two bracelet variants. And here, too, function determines design: the modern white GP badge, which we recognize from the GP 2022 Edition, ensures a high level of functionality, since the textile strap enables the watch to be put on quickly and worn comfortably over a ski or racing suit. Wearing the watch over a jacket is very popular in skijoring, a traditional winter sport in which skiers were originally pulled across the ice by horses and today by horsepower in the form of racing cars. Again, these details show how well the chronograph has been thought out and adapted to the special needs of the GP Ice Race. As an alternative to the special GP badge, the strap is also available as a classic black version made of fine vehicle leather and with a matte black titanium folding clasp.
As the Chronograph 1 edition model, the design of the GP timepiece is finfaithfully based on its iconic model, the Chronograph I from 1972: white contrasting seconds, minute and hour hands, fluorescent hour indices, seven-fold anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire glass with hardened coating, and powerfully luminous Super-LumiNova, ensuring optimum legibility on the matte black dial and the hands through maximum contrast – details that echo the 911 dashboard.
In addition, it was important to the GP team and Ferdi Porsche to use the historic Porsche Design logo on the dial, crown, buckle as well as on the back of the case as a reminder of F. A. Porsche. As already mentioned, however, it would not be a “real” timepiece in the sense of the Porsche Design founder if its functionality had not been further developed with relevant features. This is why small yet significant differences from the original can be seen – be it the pointed minute hand (rectangular in the original), the red stop hands (white in the original), or the uncoated silver titanium case.
The timepiece is powered extremely precisely by the Porsche Design Calibre WERK 01.240 with flyback function and COSC certification, innovative quick-switch date display, and bilingual day display – developed in Porsche Design’s own watch manufactory in Solothurn, Switzerland. The case is dynamically water-resistant to 10 bar and has a diameter of 40.8 mm. The case back of the watch features the edition number, the historic original Porsche Design logo, and a special highlight – the laser engraving of the GP signet in the shape of a Yeti sitting on a tractor. The high-quality timepiece is perfectly presented in a black box with a laser-engraved acrylic plaque. A must-have for all watch enthusiasts and Porsche aficionados.