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PORSCHE DESIGN P'6780 Diver Black Edition

By TLex The P'6780 Diver Black Edition, is is not a limited edition nor will cost anymore than the regular version of the P'6780 Diver. For full details please see Porsche Design's press-release below. (live images)

From PORSCHE DESIGN Matt black and resistant to 1000 metres - Launched last year and already in receipt of an iF Award, the P’6780 Diver from Porsche Design is being issued in a Black Edition at Baselworld 2011. What is not changing is the advanced three-part case construction, comprising a hinged circular stainless steel inner case housing the movement, a titanium bridge structure, which accommodates the case when hinged down, and a black caoutchouc strap featuring a folding clasp. The watch is resistant to a pressure of 100 ATM, which corresponds to a diving depth of 1,000 metres (3'280 feet). It is powered by a highly precise self-winding mechanical movement.

Black watches are very much the trend these days, one that was begun by Porsche Design many years ago. It was Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, founder of the Porsche Design luxury brand, who came up with the world's first-ever all-black watch in 1972. The matt black colour is now integrated within the durable PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating applied to the watch. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche liked the colour. According to him, "Black is the only colour that does not detract from the form."

As with all Porsche Design watches, the P’6780 Diver demonstrates a compelling functionality. The three-part construction allows the watch to be operated wearing gloves: this involves using the two upper locking pushers to unlock the hinged inner case and raising it from the safety bridge. The winding crown and bezel can then easily be adjusted. When the inner case is safely locked within the bridge, neither crown nor bezel can be moved inadvertently. The watch offers outstanding legibility thanks to the contrast of the white hands against the black dial. The lugs are flexible for optimum on-wrist comfort.

The Diver’s advanced sealing system keeps the inner case water resistant to a depth of 1,000 metres (328 feet, 100 ATM); no helium valve or screw-down crown are necessary. As is usual with Porsche Design, the use of colour is frugal in the extreme. One solitary blue stripe on the rim designates the first 15 minutes, while the same colour is also used to outline the broad, luminous minute hand. Also coated in luminous material are the remaining hands, baton indices and numerals of the dial and bezel: the optimal underwater legibility they offer at advanced diving depths confers peace of mind during a diver's decompression phase. Back on land, the blue flash against the matt black background looks just great.

Porsche Design is known for incorporating new types of innovative materials and useful supplementary function into its watches: 1978 saw the appearance of the first wristwatch to feature a built-in compass, 1980 the first chronograph to be fashioned from ultra-tough yet light titanium, and 2004 the first mechanical chronograph to sport a digital display. Meanwhile the Worldtimer, launched in 2007, displays the time in all 24 time zones at the press of a button.

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