P’6000 is the basic code used by Porsche Design for its timepieces. Other families are P’1000 for fashion, P’2000 for luggage, right through to P’9000 for electronics. P’6780 is the code for the Diver, Porsche Design’s second diving watch in 25 years. Diving is of course an activity during which man ventures into a potentially hostile environment, and so equipment has to be reliable. This watch has a mechanical movement (ETA 2892-A2 automatic), large hands, and large indices, including a luminescent coating for maximum visibility under water. There is a date window at the 9 o’clock position. Dive time is set using a flange that rotates anticlockwise around the dial perimeter.
The P’6780 has an unorthodox but highly functional case. It consists of a hinged container that is anchored inside a titanium bridge structure. The inner container can be raised to set the time. The system was designed to prevent the risk of the crown from being turned inadvertently, and it also protects it from damage. The watch is water resistant to 100 atmospheres, which means a depth of 1,000 metres. The dark rubber strap has an extension for use with a diving suit.
The Diver features a unique blend of materials. The titanium bridge structure is anthracite grey, while the steel container is in its natural silver shade. On the dial, there is a bright yellow arc, which highlights the first 15 minutes of the diving time scale.
The heart of the watch is of course the ETA 2892-A2 calibre automatic movement, which oscillates at 28,800 vibrations per hour, ensuring accurate timekeeping. The self-winding movement has a power reserve of 42 hours.
Porsche Design’s products are hallmarked by discreet, pure design. Company founder Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who designed the legendary Porsche 911 in the early 1960s, said, “When you think about the function of an object, its design sometimes emerges of its own accord.” A reformulation of the old design adage “Form follows function.” This approach means that Porsche watches can only be circular, because the movement of the hands generates the form of the dial, and therefore the case. But this is not to say that Porsche Design have not introduced innovative features. In 1972, it launched the first black watch, made possible by the PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process. In 1980, Porsche Design introduced another first, a timepiece made of titanium. This was followed by the Ocean 2000 in 1983, designed for the German Navy and made in titanium for a good reason: the watch had to be anti-magnetic so that it would not risk setting off mines while they were being disarmed by divers. Two civilian versions of the Ocean were issued in 1984 and 1998.
The Porsche Design P’6780 Diver is thus the company’s second diving watch in over 25 years. Its launch on the market is scheduled for summer 2010.
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4 April, 2010