Back in 1972, Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche went on to create a design studio of his own, that would go on to become one of the premier names in the field, christened Porsche Designs. Though it was expected that the entity would dish out new iconic designs like the Porsche 911 car in 1963, it actually ended up taking an entirely different route and instead became a center for creating designs which match up to the standards of Porsche aesthetics. Some of them included watches as well, such as the P6510 black chronograph, P6520 compass watch and also the P6530 Titanium Chronograph. Now that it is time to celebrate 40 years of the creation of the design entity, these watches are being released as limited edition series of 500 boxes, which will have a single unit of each of these watches.
For a person whose parents were credited as the founding members of the Porsche car making company, design and creativity almost came naturally to him. Right from his childhood, Professor Porsche showed his knack for creating new designs by making his own toys! Later in 1972, he formed a platform to display his creative skills in designs other than automobiles, which included the famous timepieces mentioned above. The first one however, was the P6510 which became an instant hit, for the unique appearance and design. All all-black timepiece, which was otherwise austere in appearance, featured a very visible dial with white on black markings on its dial, and of course the sporty wrist band. The coating used on the casing was black PVD, which by itself was a new concept back then.
Then in 1978 came the one of the earliest designs in the world, where a functioning compass was used as a part of the design. The P6520 compass watch had the device on the 2nd dial, which was hidden behind the main dial, and accessible by opening up it up. After that, came the P6530 Titanium chronograph, which was built on the same design as the earlier model, but used Titanium on a larger scale for the first time. Though it got created with precious metals later, but this one was the first foray into using such fabrication. Now, come Baselworld 2012, and these watches will be presented once again as the limited edition box sets of 500 units.
Via: World Tempus