The new Porsche Design P6620 Dashboard Chronograph automatic watch is presented in a light-weight titanium case and features the signature simplistic look that we came to love since the industrial design subsidiary of the famous carmaker began to churn out its flawless objects of contemporary art ranging from expensive sunglasses to kitchen appliances that, too, aren’t especially cheap.
First unveiled around ten years ago as a sort of “homage” to the legendary Porsche 911 Carrera sports car, the Porsche Design Dashboard watch was the first timekeeper designed by the Austrian-based studio.
Sporting a somewhat intimidating black case, the watch was immediately a huge success among thousands of fans of the German carmaker. A decade (and many iterations of the watch) later, the Austrian brand reintroduces the model in a feather-light titanium body that seems more in style with Porsche’s philosophy.
Although the new Porsche Design P6620 Dashboard Chronograph is available in a dozen variations including a more expensive model in a gold case, it is the all-black PVD-treated model, which is presented both on a caoutchouc strap or titanium bracelet that is of most interest to us.
As you can see, the watch sports the same minimalistic, even simplistic design that we know by previous versions of the timepiece. Surprisingly, unlike some of their earlier models, the watch doesn’t look cheap, although -I must admit that- the matte black PVD treatment somehow flattens the nicely sculpted (or, rather, impeccably CNC-machined) shape of the timekeeper.
The revised Dashboard chronograph is not just a minor facelift of the obsolete model.
The watch now sports a thinner bezel with the inevitable tachymeter scale transferred to the outer part of the dial near the light-grey minute track. The bold Arabic numerals have, too, been transferred to a rather unusual place on the bezel flange.
Thanks to all these perturbations, the watch not only retains its unrivalled legibility, which is greatly influenced by instrument gauges of the 911 Carrera, but also offers a lot more breathing space for the three sub-dials that come courtesy of the ETA Valjoux 7753 natural-born automatic chronograph movement.
As you can see, the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, as well the 12-hour and 30-minute chronograph counters at 6 and 3 hours respectively live in perfect harmony leaving enough place for the small date aperture, which is placed between four and five o’clock.
By the way, the Swiss made ebauche is not installed as is, but is decorated with circular graining and equipped with an exclusive oscillating weight, which is not just skeletonized, but is also “energy optimized” (for whatever it means.)
According to the Austrian design specialist, the watch will be offered at a recommended street price of just CHF 4950 (around €4000.)
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Photos: Porsche Design
Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard Chronograph automatic watch specification
Price: CHF 4950 (MSRP, approx. €4000 at exchange rate as of early October, 2011)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA Valjoux 7753, modified, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Skeletonized and “energy optimized” oscillating weight in the shape of Porsche rim
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Shot-blasted black PVD titanium
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 14.50 mm
Dial: Matte black
Hour markers: White
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black caoutchouc strap or titanium bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire