Following years of development work, Porsche Design reveals the material titanium carbide. This light, hypoallergenic, and highly scratch-resistant material will be featured for the first time in the limited-edition Chronograph 1 – 911 Dakar and 911 Dakar Rallye Design Edition. The new abbreviation “TiC” for titanium carbide can be seen on the dial in striking red. The crown and push buttons are still made from titanium.
The master watchmakers at Porsche Design’s factory in the Swiss town of Solothurn turned their attentions to the titanium case and its PVD coating. The aim was not to develop a better coating, but to reimagine the case construction to explore new dimensions in quality and durability. Soon the idea of an entirely new material was born: a scratch-resistant non-oxide ceramic used not only to coat the case, but to make it in its entirety.
This involves titanium carbide granules firstly being compressed under several tons of pressure and then being “baked” at over 2,000 degrees Celsius. This condenses the granules and turns them into a homogeneous compound. The technical term for this manipulation is “sintering.” The blank generated in this way is then milled and honed into shape. Titanium carbide can be recognized by its striking black powder.
The lettering “911 Dakar” on the dial makes it that two chronographs were inspired by the Porsche 911 Dakar and the Porsche 911 Dakar Rally Design vehicles. The four-color Roughroads graphic in the small seconds of the Chronograph 1 – 911 Dakar Rallye Design Edition pays homage to the legendary four-wheel drive Porsche, which also helped the Zuffenhausen-based company achieve fame off the asphalt in 1984.
Chronograph 1 – 911 Dakar and 911 Dakar Rallye Design Edition are limited to a total of 2,500 units. The watches are reserved exclusively for owners of the Porsche 911 Dakar and the Porsche 911 Dakar Rally Design. Each piece bears the same limited edition number as the respective vehicle
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