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 |  Jun 19 2012, 12:31 PM

Bright, vibrant colors are in this season, and Porsche is all about being trendy – even if it means borrowing style cues from the past.

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 |  Nov 02 2011, 7:30 PM

If you weren’t addicted to your Crackberry before, you will be once you get your hands on the Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone from Blackberry.

Encased in stainless steel and leather, the Porsche Design P’9981 comes with a host of luxe features that will make sure you’ll never want to put it down. With an enhanced 1.2 GHz processor and 8 GB of onboard memory, you’ll be able to browse the Internet to your heart’s content. In terms of technical features, it also comes with 720p HD video recording, dual band Wi-Fi, a built-in compass and access to a selection of exclusive apps.

The Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone’s wide QWERTY keyboard means texting is a lot easier, and its Liquid Graphics 2.8” high resolution display touch screen ensures you won’t be squinting to read your messages.

Some special features that come with this cool Blackberry include the Wikitude World Browser app, which lets you find and send relevant information instantly. You’ll also get a limited edition PIN series, Near Field Communication and BlackBerry Tag, as well as access to BlackBerry App World 3.0.

No word on a price for the Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone from Blackberry, but we’re guessing since it’s being touted as a special edition, it’ll come with a special edition price.

[Source: Uncrate]

 |  Sep 12 2011, 5:15 PM

Ten years have gone by since Porsche Design created a watch that took its cues from the dashboard gauges of the 911. It’s about time for an update, and the luxury brand is ready to launch a new model, the Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard watch.

Crafted in Australia, the Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard watch measures in with a diameter of 44 millimetres and a height of 14.5 millimetres, and is made entirely of lightweight, non-allergenic titanium. Sporting a deep black color that’s produced by shot-blasting titanium and covering it with a layer of black PVD, this element of the chronograph is a nod to the original black watch that Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed back in 1972. Its dial features Arabic numerals and its minutes and seconds hands are luminescent for easy reading in the dark. It also comes with two elongated push buttons next to the crown control the start/stop function and its case is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters.

In terms of precision movement, the stop function can be used with the tachymeter scale to calculate average speeds of between 60 and 330 km/h.  With a balance frequency of 28,800 vibrations per minute, its hand and the date disc are driven by automatic ETA Valjoux 7753 movement. To ensure that its arm movement keeps winding up, the Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard is equipped with an optimised rotor in the shape of a sports car’s wheel rim.

The Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard watch is available in 12 variations and comes with a white dial, a gold case, or with calf leather or caoutchouc (natural rubber) straps. You can pick up the base model for €3,950 – that’s about $6,300 US.

 |  Aug 08 2011, 4:30 PM

You’re lost, and to top it off, you have no idea what time it is. No worries – Porsche Design’s P’6520 Compass Watch will get you out of that jam.

The newest addition to Porsche Design’s timepiece collection, the P’6520 Compass Watch was inspired by its predecessor, first built in 1978 by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. Pulling double duty as a watch and a compass, the P’6520 is made out of anti-allergenic titanium. This metal is not magnetic and won’t affect the magnetic needle of the compass.

It features a three-hand watch with luminescent hands that’s powered by a SW300 Sellita movement. When you want to know where you’re heading, just flip up the watch part and you’ll find a liquid compass (this part can easily be detached). It also comes with a scratch-resistant mirror that sits at a 45-degree angle and is water resistant of up to 50 meters. There’s no price attached to the P’6520 Compass Watch yet, but you can find out more about it on the Porsche Design online store.

[Source: Top Speed]

 |  Jun 01 2011, 8:01 PM

You can’t afford to buy a Porsche, so you buy the next best thing – Porsche merchandise. It’s cheaper, right? Not so much, especially when it comes to this Porsche watch.

For the ever-so-outrageous price of $270,000 (you’re not reading it wrong and we didn’t add a few extra zeros to mess with your head), you can pick up the limited edition Porsche Design Indicator timepiece. For sale right now at the Porsche Design store in Dubai Mall, this limited edition watch – there’s only 50 available – costs AED 990,000 (that’s about $270,000 with the current exchange rates).

A product of a partnership between Porsche and Swiss watchmaker Eterna, the Indicator is made with a mix of 18-carat rose gold, natural rubber and titanium. Held on your wrist by a rubber strap that looks like Porsche tires, the watch’s clasps and body are made of rose gold, and it features a titanium face. The watch’s face comes equipped with a stop watch and second timer, and a dial turns from green to red when the watch runs low on power.

For this price, you’d think that the Indicator gets its power from unicorn farts. Nope – it gets its juice from the movement of your wrist (which is still pretty cool).

 |  Apr 01 2011, 12:57 PM

It’s a great day to go shopping in San Francisco. And that’s because the Porsche Design Group just opened a new Porsche Design franchise store.

Located at 100 Grant Avenue (smack-dab in the city’s luxury shopping district, natch), this store offers the complete range of Porsche Design accessories. You’ll find everything from sports apparel to luggage, watches, writing tools and small leather goods. It even comes outfitted with the extended fashion collection for men and women, and just like the cars that bear its name, the clothing is highlighted by high quality, clean lines and classic and sporty design.

“San Francisco is an important location for our brand”, says Dr. Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group. “The Bay Area holds great potential for our luxury brand. The people living here are creative types that support and seek out good design. With our purist, timeless and functional Porsche Design philosophy we do not follow any trends but set our very own accents. The idea behind that lifestyle matches perfectly with the San Franciscans’ lifestyle.”

The San Fran Porsche Design store also marks the company’s first green building store. Doing its part for Mother Nature, the store goes green with LED light boxes that lower power consumption by more then 80 per cent.

[Source: 9magazine]

 |  Dec 22 2010, 9:22 PM

Porsche has gotten tired of being the fastest machine on the road, so in order to pursue some new thrills, the automaker has decided to dominate the hills as well. Now, you can scream down the snowy slopes on the Porsche sled.

A few years ago, Porsche Design launched an award-winning aluminum sled for kids, and has the company has decided to follow it up with an advanced composite bobsled. This sled comes equipped with parabolic skis that feature a slight bend in the runners for better ‘steerability’ and has kept the weight of the sled down to just 8.8 lbs. It’s even certified to TÜV safety standards.

This is one of those gifts that you give under the pretence that the kids are going to play with it, but we all know better than that, don’t we? You just want to brag that you took your Porsche out on the snow and it handled like a dream.

[Source: Next Cars]

 |  Sep 25 2010, 3:50 PM

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Got a million dollars lying around? Are you a complete Porsche Design product fanatic? If so you might want to turn your attention to Porsche Design’s Advent Calendar. Measuring in at almost 6 feet tall, the calendar is a luxurious-looking showpiece constructed of brushed aluminum with double-coat finish surfaces. And if you’re still wondering why this piece is priced at a spendy $1,000,000, the calendar reveals a special treat each day until December 24th.

Some of these treats include Porsche Design’s P’6910 timepiece, an individually customizable Porsche Design kitchen and a motor yacht. Obviously the kitchen and the yacht aren’t enclosed in the actual calendar, but the rest of the toys are. You can look forward to a new surprise each day which can vary from 18 carat gold sunglasses, writing tools, cufflinks and even a pair of premium running shoes.

For those that have walked into a Porsche Design retail store, you’ll know just how unique and luxurious their goods are. If you’re a collector and really want to complete your collection, you better act quick. Porsche Design will only be releasing five of these calendars; and even with the exorbitant price tag, we’re guessing the product you get with it is well worth the investment.

GALLERY: Porsche Design Calendar

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Official press release available after the break.

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 |  Jul 27 2010, 1:39 PM

What do you do to celebrate a job well done? Sit down to a good meal at a nice restaurant? Go out for a couple of drinks with coworkers? Do you treat yourself to a new pair of shoes? If you’re Porsche, you celebrate by designing a new chronograph.

In honor of their first overall victory at Le Mans 40 years ago, Porsche Design has released the limited edition Porsche Le Mans 1970 Dashboard watch. This new chronograph is a tribute to #23 – the red and white Porsche 917 K, driven by Porsche works drivers Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood , which won the prestigious Le Mans.

This timepiece in an exquisite balance of function and purity of form, and it encompasses the values of Porsche Design perfectly. With a nod to the 917’s dashboard instruments, the watch features light-colored numeric indices against a black background. White luminous material light up the black hour and minute hands, while the seconds stop hand is red with a white tip.

Reminiscent the Porsche 917 K’s steering wheel, the timepiece’s strap is made from black calf leather and adorned with red stitching. To show how exclusive it really is, its sapphire crystal, titanium case back shows the limited edition number along with the inscription “Winner Le Mans 1970″ and “917-023,” – the chassis number of the winning car. The limited edition Porsche Le Mans 1970 Dashboard watch also comes with self-winding ETA 2894-A2 movement, which offers a power reserve of 42 hours.

Only 917 pieces will be released to retail outlets in September 2010 and no price for the watch has been announced.

[Source: Born Rich]

 |  Mar 25 2009, 10:46 AM

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Porsche is following up on the success of the Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 and the Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 with the fully individualized Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3. And Porsche understands what “limited edition” means offering just 100 models through the U.S. (Canada will receive just 12).

Powered by the standard GTS 4.8-liter V8 engine with 405hp and 369 ft-lbs of torque, the Porsche Design model also gets a sports exhaust system and can hit 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds and blast on to a top speed of 156 mph. It will come with Porsche’s Tiptronic S transmission.

Outside the rare SUV gets a Lava Grey Metallic paint job with three black stripes running up the hood and a black stripe running across the doors. And in place of chrome accents, this new model gets black detailing for the window surrounds, door handles and door trim. Bi-xenon lights are standard and come with black housings.

Both the miniscule fender flares and and 21-inch SportPlus wheels will come paint-matched to the body in the same dark grey.

Porsche will also offer an optional extended double roof spoiler as a no-cost option.

There are plenty of special edition details outside with the Cayenne GTS logo featuring a red “S” and a similar logo appearing on the doors.

The Porsche Design folks also did a serious number on the interior of the Cayenne GTS with a black leather interior with red stitching on the dash, door trim, floor mats and cargo area. Even better, the power adjustable sport seats feature Alcantara inserts, and Alcantara also coats the center console, door inserts, door handle inserts and headliner.

Porsche Design Edition 3 logos are plentiful inside, being stamped on the door sills and tachometer. Each vehicle will also feature a numbered plaque displaying which number the specific vehicle is. Other interior highlights include Porsche crest embossed headrests and a 410-watt, 14-speaker Bose 5.1 surround sound system.

The Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 will come standard with Porsche’s ParkAssist system and a 0.78-inch lower ride height for the air suspension (an optional extra on standard Cayenne models and standard on the Turbo models).

Pricing for this limited edition is set at $89,900,($109,300 CDN) and includes a long list of Porsche Design extras including the Type P’6612 chronograph and a four-piece luggage set (including briefcase).

GALLERY: Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3

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