The Porsche Design Worldtimer P’6750 (ref. P6722.214.171.1240) automatic watch, which was first introduced in April 2007 during the annual show in Basel, Switzerland as a black PVD coated titanium timepiece, is finally available in a much more expensive rose gold case.
Manufactured for the German design studio by a Swiss watchmaker Eterna, the Porsche Design Worldtimer P’6750 features a second time zone display as well as an extra crown at 4 o’clock, making it easier to manipulate the extra time settings.
While many GMT watches tend to sport cluttered, hard to read design, this particular timekeeper makes the task of reading the time in the second zone a lot easier.
As you can see, current time in the main time zone is indicated with the normal hour, minute and seconds hands, the GMT time is displayed in the aperture at 9 o’clock.
To set the time, you need to find in the small aperture at 3 o’clock the abbreviation of the city that represents the time zone that you are interested in.
If such abbreviations as “HNL” or “AKL” confuse you a little, you can turn the watch upside down and find an easy to understand table that will tell you that the former stays for “Honolulu” (GMT -10) and the latter means “Auckland” (GMT +12.)
Like most products in the class, the Worldtimer is by no means a small watch.
Its ETA Valgranges calibre A07.111 movement that was introduced in order to replace the ageing (and also iconic) ETA 775x family of chronograph calibers (and also to better suit modern “larger” wristwatches) is heavily modified by Eterna’s engineers and is hidden inside a huge case whole 45 millimeters in diameter and 16.8mm thick.
Although automatic watches are known for their impressive thickness, this one is even thicker than the great majority of similarly equipped timekeepers. In fact, it is even worthy of a professional diving timekeeper, which is supposed to withstand enormous pressure of water. Well, maybe that was the idea, after all. Still, I must warn you that this particular model is only good for 10 ATM of pressure, which basically means that you can take a shower or even swim in one of these, but you definitely are not supposed to take it diving or even snorkeling: it is just not designed for this sort of stress.
Just like most masterpieces delivered by the Porsche Design studio, the watch features a highly legible and ergonomic design, making it both practical and fun to wear. The dial is, as usual, easy to read in all circumstances although the smaller numerals on the calendar window may not be contrast enough for some persons.
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Porsche Design Worldtimer P’6750 rose gold (ref. P67126.96.36.1990) automatic watch specification
Price range: Approx. €20,000
Movement: Automatic, ETA Valgranges calibre A07.111, Swiss Made
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Complications: second time zone (GMT), location
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case material: Rose gold
Case diameter: 45.00 mm
Case height: 16.80 mm
Water resistance: N/A
Strap: Black rubber
Crystal: Sapphire crystal