Porsche Design Brings Back the Chronograph 1 Utility After 40 Years

To be produced as a limited edition timepiece of 250 examples.

Watches
2,165 Hypes 0 Comments

Porsche Design has reached into its archives and channeled its iconic 1970s Military Chronograph for its latest watch, the Chronograph 1 Utility, set to be produced in a limited edition of 250 examples.

This modern iteration echoes the legacy of its ancestor known for reliability and comfort, while also bringing forth significant technical advancements, making it a timepiece designed for the contemporary era.

The original Military Chronograph, with its anti-glare readability, became an indispensable accessory for aviators and was adopted by international air forces, including the US Air Force. Over four decades later, the legend is being reimagined, now dubbed the “Utility” crafted from a highly durable and lighter titanium carbide—a patented material by Porsche Design.

Preserving the classic aesthetics, the Chronograph 1 Utility boasts a matte-black dial, a hallmark carried over from the original. Additionally, the dial now features a “TiC” logo representing the titanium carbide material, replacing the historic 3H symbol synonymous with tritium. In its modern avatar, tritium is replaced with blue Super-LumiNova, enhancing readability in low light conditions.

The “UTILITY” inscription is prominently displayed above the day and date indicators drawing a unique connection to the German weekend days and referencing iconic events like the Ice Race hosted by F.A.T. and weekend trips to “Mankei.” The tie-up with the “Mankei” location on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is further symbolized by the “Mankei” marmot icon on the dial, replacing the erstwhile tiger’s head emblem of the flying squadron unit that was shown on the original.

Porsche Design’s Military Chronograph homage extends to the historic font on the Utility chronograph displays and the reissue of the “BUND” leather strap, known for its comfort and heat resistance. The beating heart of the timepiece, the Porsche Design-caliber WERK 01.24, ensures reliable and precise timekeeping with its flyback function, ideal for measuring consecutive time intervals.

The exclusivity of this edition is accentuated by an engraved case back featuring the “Mankei” alongside the “Chronograph 1 Utility Edition” lettering, with each piece distinctly numbered out of 250.

Pre-orders for the limited edition Chronograph Utility 1, priced at $13,000 USD, are open now via Porsche Design’s official site, with broader availability expected mid-January of 2024.

Elsewhere in watches, MING presents a sleek new 37.07 Monolith watch.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Porsche Design HONOR Magic V2 RSR Review
Tech & Gadgets

Porsche Design HONOR Magic V2 RSR Review

At $3,000, it’s the supercar of smartphones. Lightweight and thin, great for gaming, plus a host of worthwhile features.

Catch a Sneak Peek of Porsche’s First 3-Row Super SUV: Codename K1
Automotive

Catch a Sneak Peek of Porsche’s First 3-Row Super SUV: Codename K1

Expected to have over 1,000 hp thanks to a 920-volt system and tech borrowed from the Mission R Concept.

RM Sotheby's to Auction Off 2015 McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder
Automotive

RM Sotheby's to Auction Off 2015 McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder

Making up two-thirds of The Holy Trinity of Hypercars.


fragment design Reunites With RAMIDUS for the “2024 New Year Spot” Collection
Fashion

fragment design Reunites With RAMIDUS for the “2024 New Year Spot” Collection

An exclusive release for the RAMIDUS TOKYO STORE.

Jaguar Unveils Its Last Internal Combustion-Engined Sports Car: the F-TYPE ZP Edition
Automotive

Jaguar Unveils Its Last Internal Combustion-Engined Sports Car: the F-TYPE ZP Edition

Limited to 150 examples.

This French Farmhouse Combines Rustic Charms With Industrial Aesthetics
Design

This French Farmhouse Combines Rustic Charms With Industrial Aesthetics

Tucked away in the tranquil and mountainous Morvan region.

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David Are Working On “Something” Related to the ‘Seinfeld’ Finale
Entertainment

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David Are Working On “Something” Related to the ‘Seinfeld’ Finale

The “show about nothing” could be coming back, one way or another.

8 Drops You Don’t Want to Miss This Week
Fashion 

8 Drops You Don’t Want to Miss This Week

Featuring Supreme, Heaven, Sean Wotherspoon, Nike, Palace, and more.

Official Look at the Air Jordan 12 "Cherry"
Footwear

Official Look at the Air Jordan 12 "Cherry"

Landing on shelves later this month.


Tekla Launches Vibrant Fall 2023 Bedding Collection
Design

Tekla Launches Vibrant Fall 2023 Bedding Collection

Expanding on the brand’s signature percale lineup, with new tones including Petal Pink, Ligonberry and Vintage Green.

A Ma Maniére Is Restocking Its Jordan Air Ship in "White/Black"
Footwear

A Ma Maniére Is Restocking Its Jordan Air Ship in "White/Black"

After releasing back in early August of this year.

Killer Mike Share Soulful Reinterpration of “Motherless," Teaming Up With Robert Glasper
Music

Killer Mike Share Soulful Reinterpration of “Motherless," Teaming Up With Robert Glasper

Joined by blues singer Eryn Allen Kane.

Official Look at the Air Jordan 1 High “Royal Reimagined”
Footwear

Official Look at the Air Jordan 1 High “Royal Reimagined”

The silhouette’s standard leather upper has been modified with a smooth suede.

Marvel Studios Reveals Closer Look at 'The Marvels'
Entertainment

Marvel Studios Reveals Closer Look at 'The Marvels'

With behind the scenes footage.

More ▾
 
We got you covered. Don’t miss out on the latest news by signing up for our newsletters.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.