SHOWSTOPPER WATCHES OF THE YEAR: Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator

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Porsche Design’s Monobloc Actuator was WatchPro’s favourite watch at Baselworld.

Purists might scoff at the use of the workhorse automatic Calibre ETA Valjoux 7754 movement, but it is how Porsche’s watchmaking and motoring engineers and designers have changed the way that the chronograph function is operated that made us purr.

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Rather than the normal push buttons at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock that start, stop and reset the chronograph, the Actuator has a rocker switch built into the side of the case that is barely visible at a glance because it perfectly follows the line of the case as it flows towards the lugs either side of the crown.

The 45.5mm, £5080, watch is lighter than it looks because it is made of titanium with a carbide coating that will stop it getting scratched.

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