There’s a big overlap between the populations of watch and car enthusiasts, so it should come as no surprise that some of GaryG’s watch (and car) buddies leapt at the chance to attend the annual Singer Reimagined Monterey event this year and then took advantage of being in the area to sample other events over the weekend as well.
“Concept car” is one of the most dreaded terms among the car fans, however 70 years after the very first 356 Roadster hit the road on June 8, 1948 Porsche has now launched the new 911 Speedster Concept. Martin Green takes a look to see if there’s anything to get excited about.
Only very few manufacturers today are capable of conceiving, developing, and producing a genuine in-house movement, especially a chronograph, a task that requires several years and significant investment. Porsche Design’s timepiece division has mastered this challenge, and the brand’s first chronograph movement is now ticking within two timepieces destined for owners of exclusive Porsche 911 models.
Porsche’s latest addition to the 911 lineup – the GT2 RS – is not only the most powerful 911 of all time, but it’s also completely street legal! Which is strange because its light weight and speed (0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and top speed of 340 km/h) put it squarely into supercar territory.
Porsche Design has came up with what I believe is one of the most interesting chronographs of recent decades: the Monobloc Actuator, whose claim to fame is its case and the operation of the start, stop, and reset functions. And now Porsche Design introduces its first in-house flyback chronograph movement – within a limited edition timepiece only available to future owners of Porsche’s 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
It’s a rare event when the stars align, rarer still when they align to create what may well become a truly iconic chronograph. In fact, the Singer Reimagined Track 1 may already be truly iconic: it certainly has both the pedigree and the style. And more importantly for a horological icon, the Track 1 looks like it’s been around since the 1970s.
Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele loves Porsche. “We are one of the rare watch brands with a genuine connection to cars,” Scheufele sums up the ultra-successful weekend of the 24 Hours of Le Mans during which Chopard’s partner Porsche added to its mythos by winning the race a seventeenth time. “Not every brand can say that.”