Porsche Chrono 4S Heritage

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Porsche Design Chrono 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition

Unlike other watches that cost $215k – I’m looking at you Richard Mille RM 011 – the new Porsche Chrono 4S Heritage watch comes with a new Porsche. Don’t want the car? Give it to someone else and keep the watch. But you can only buy the Porsche Design watch if you buy the Carrera Heritage car. Porsche guys will smile at this next bit . . .

Porsche Design Chronograph option

The Porsche Chrono 4S Heritage watch is a $14k configurator option. About the price of carbon fiber brakes and the ionizer.

I don’t want to go all The Truth About Cars, but the special edition Porker’s OK – provided you don’t mind driving a Porsche with a big number 50 painted on the door, making it easy for witnesses to report you to the police. As for the watch . . .

1919 Chronotimer Flyback Black & Leather watch

It’s based on the Porsche Design 1919 Chronotimer Flyback above. Which even a Nissan owner can buy for $7k, assuming he can pony-up the readies. Now in blue.

Porsche Chrono in Porsche

There are differences between the 1919 Chrono and the Heritage Chronotimer that justify the extra dosh – if you don’t mind paying mad cheddar for a different colorway, the words “911 Carrera 4S” carousel-ling around and a luminous railroad track ringing the dial.

Otherwise, the watches are identical. Same titanium case, same Porsche Design calibre COSC-certified WERK 01.100 engine. Same sub-dials. Same dopey date window. Hang on . . .

PD Heritage closeup

The 1919’s indices count-off in five-minute intervals whereas the Chrono Heritage’s indices ascend from 1 to 12. What a conundrum! The 1919’s dial’s better for a quick time check. The Heritage’s dial’s better for the stopwatch.

Porsche Design Chrono 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition caseback

And how did I miss this? Totally different casebacks. That’s the Porsche Design Chrono 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition caseback above, the Porsche Design 1919 Chronotimer Flyback caseback below.

Porsche Design 1919 Chronotimer Flyback caseback

No question: the 1919 has a far more interesting caseback design, a more elegant rotor and more exposed movement for your dining and dancing pleasure. You might even say the Heritage’s Porsche wheel design is tacky, but I couldn’t possibly comment.

911 Targa 4S Heritage

Then again, the Porsche Design Heritage timepiece comes with a nice car with a cool-looking dash clock at no extra charge. So let’s go with that one, shall we? Bueller? Bueller?

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