Take the P’6780 Diver, the second Porsche Design diver’s watch and a worthy successor to the Ocean 2000, launched 25 years ago. Presented at this year’s Baselworld, it comes equipped with an ETA 2892-A2 calibre and, more to the point, a particularly complex and no less highly functional case with a three-part construction. “Securely anchored within a titanium bridge structure is a hinged container, which can be raised to set the time. This approach prevents the crown at 12 o’clock from being inadvertently turned and protects it against damage,” Eterna explains. The Diver’s advanced sealing system, developed by Eterna, is water-resistant to 100 atmospheres (1,000 metres) yet requires neither a screw-down crown nor a helium release valve to compensate for pressure.
Says Eterna, “The design idiom of the P’6780 Diver expresses purity of form, function and timelessness. Like everything else produced by the brand, the timepiece takes its cue from Prof. F. A. Porsche’s stated aim to create products capable of acting as ‘companions through life.’ The creator of the legendary Porsche 911 in the early 60s is quoted as saying, ‘When you think about the function of something, its design sometimes emerges of its own accord.’ The Studio’s credo means that its wristwatches can only be circular: it is the shape that describes the movement of the hands.” As eloquently expressed by the P’6780.