It’s easy to recognize a chronograph compared to a regular timepiece, as they usually get a pair of pushers to go with the crown on the side. That, however, isn’t the case with the Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator, which integrates the pusher mechanism right on the bezel instead of sticking out from the edge of the case.
Rather than traditional pusher buttons, the timepiece comes with two subtle seams on the right side of the case, which allows the section to serve as a mechanical button. That unique pusher, which pivots on an integrated rocker switch, functions much like those on traditional chronographs, as you can press either the upper or lower end of the right edge to activate the individual stopwatch functions.
The Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator comes with a 45.5mm titanium case, so it’s quite a substantial rig to have strapped on your wrist. While the moving watch case sounds like it will put the mechanism in peril underwater, the gaskets allow it to hold up to depths of 100 meters, allowing you to use the chrono function even while diving and snorkeling – something you don’t see with every chronograph.
Features include a motorsport-inspired dial, a modified Valjoux/ETA 7754 mechanism, a window on the case back, and an independently-adjustable 24-hour hand. At launch, there will be three variations in case finishes, with two dial colors (black or blue) and two band options (either a rubber strap or a titanium bracelet).
Pricing for the Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator starts at $6,350.