To mark the opening of the Grossglockner Hochalpenstraße and the ‘Mankei’ – GP’s new multipurpose location, which combines a restaurant, cafe, accommodation and a meeting place for all motor sport fans from anywhere in the world – Porsche Design has specially developed a textile/leather strap in recognition of the place where petrolheads and members of the F.A.T. & GP community will soon be able to come together which is available for the coveted Chronograph 1 – GP 2023 Edition, it is known as the ‘Mankei strap’. A tranche of 50 pieces of the Chronograph 1 – GP 2023 Edition, which was limited to 250 pieces and is almost sold out, was held back exclusively for the event.
Mankei is not only the local, colloquial name for the marmot native to this part of the Alps, but also the name of the new summer location on the Grossglockner and the textile/leather strap specially developed for the occasion of its opening. That means that the opening of the Mankei provides the exclusive opportunity to purchase one of the last of the highly coveted timepieces – with the ‘Mankei strap’, of course. Those who already own the chronograph can add the ‘Mankei strap’ to their collection free of charge, but exclusively on location.
As is the case with the chronograph itself, the GP team was closely involved in the design process with the engineers at the Porsche watch manufactory in Solothurn, Switzerland: consequently, the ‘Mankei strap’, like the chronograph, features some GP tweaks. The colour scheme is a reference to the facade of the Mankei building, while the embossing of the coordinates on the inside of the strap reveals its precise location. Icons from the dashboards of current Porsche models are also featured: a mountain with a stylised road as a reference to the popular Hochalpenstraße, and a coffee cup, as the Mankei is a suitable spot to take a break on the mountain.
The ‘Mankei strap’ is a Porsche Design soft strap made of a combination of textile and leather: the underside of the strap is made from the same calfskin used in the interiors of sports cars from the Stuttgart-based vehicle manufacturer. The Porsche Design lettering in a historic typeface links the strap and chronograph, while the upper side of the strap is made of durable polyester with a textile structure. Specially developed metal end pieces with an integrated quick-change system make it possible to change the strap quickly and securely, and the black-coated pin buckle with a historic Porsche Design icon allows convenient adjustment of the strap length. These are details that clearly distinguish the Porsche Design ‘Mankei strap’ from a commonly available NATO strap.