The Flat Six series derives its name from the six-cylinder Boxer engines which played a major role in establishing the world-wide reputation of the Porsche name.

Porsche Design watches go beyond a mere co-branding exercise and instead carry the design DNA and philosophy of the company’s founder, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. There is no arguing that over its 40+-year history; it has produced some revolutionary, collectible and important watches.

To understand Porsche Design watches, you must, as with so many things, go back to its beginnings. In 1963, the Porsche car company introduced its latest model, the 911, at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The car was the successor to the brand’s popular but aging model 356 and featured newer, more minimalist design language, penned by Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche, the son of the company’s founder. Of course, we don’t need to remind anyone about the success of the 911 which, along with James Bond films, has endured as a true cultural icon that has evolved but still retains its perfect original form.

Form is an important concept to all designers. In 1972, he founded Porsche Design and his first product was a wrist watch.

It’s hard to believe that before 1972, there were no black watches, given today’s ubiquity of PVD, DLC and ceramic timepieces. So when Porsche Design introduced an austere chronograph in a black steel case with black bracelet, it was a sensation. 40+ years later, the watch still looks remarkably contemporary with its utilitarian, almost severe, layout.

Porsche Design Flat Six Automatic Black PVD Coated Stainless Steel Men’s Watch Model # 6351.43.04.0275 / P.6351.43.04.0275. This watch is presented in a Sandblasted/Polished circular brushed pvd coated stainless steel case and bracelet, Black PVD bezel with 12 hour scale, Black Carbon Fiber dial set with silver tone & luminous hand indicators, silver tone & luminous Arabic Numeral hour markers, Continuously sweeping second hand. Date display at the 3 o’clock position, Scratch resistant sapphire crystal protects the dial, Screw down crown, Transparent Case back, Swiss Automatic Self-winding movement, Sellita Calibre SW200-1, Porsche Design Rotor, 21 Jewels, 11 1/2 lignes, 28,800 A/h, 38 hour power reserve, Water resistant to 10 ATM/100 meters/330 feet.

Value: $6,323.00

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