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Robb Recommends: The Porsche Design 1919 Globetimer UTC All Black

Form and function right-swipe each other.

It’s now more than two years since Porsche Design – the Ludwigsburg-based accessories and licensing subsidiary – introduced the 1919 Globetimer UTC, a GMT piece whose functionality, legibility and usability wowed the minglers at Basel. Now, on top of the three different colours, introduced that day, the chronometer-certified timepiece will be available with an imperious black titanium carbide coating and a black leather strap made of Porsche interior leather from August (£5,850).

Inspired-slash-derived from the distinctive handling of a Porsche’s double-clutch transmission, the piece’s display of the world’s 24 time zones can be adjusted in one-hour increments (without relinquishing the current time display) with a single push of a button embedded into the case.

The legibility that has so wowed those who have examined its predecessor continues here, thanks to a sevenfold antireflective coating, thoughtful colour contrasts, with the hands, indices and numerals made even more distinctive by the generous use of nonradioactive Super-LumiNova luminous material. Its beating heart, meanwhile, is an in-house, ball-borne, bidirectional winding rotor with a 38-hour power reserve.

We’re convinced that Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche – whose credo was, “If you analyse the function of an object, its form often becomes obvious” – would approve.

Look out, too, for new iterations of Porsche Design’s Sport Chrono collection with a smaller (39mm) case (£4,150).

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