There’s nothing better than waking up to some insanely cool watch, and car news. If you haven’t heard by now, Porsche revealed a wildly aggressive 911 spec’d out for one of the toughest off-road races in the world. The new model is dubbed the Porsche 911 Dakar and it’s not your average Porsche 911 – it’s lifted, fitted with a roof rack, all-terrain tires and two new driving modes (Off-road & Rallye). I could keep going (stay tuned this weekend’s WSG), but this is a watch publication after all. In addition to the Porsche 911 Dakar, Porsche Design debuted the Chronograph 1 911 Dakar and the 911 Dakar Rallye Design. Like the new 911, this is not your average Porsche Design Chronograph. For the first time, PD is releasing the world’s first chronograph that is fully comprised of Titanium Carbide.
Titanium Carbide, or TiC for short, is a unique blend of durable materials in Carbon, and of course Titanium. The compound is characterized by its extreme hardness, is lighter than standard titanium, and is virtually scratch resistant. All properties that you would want in a watch, and every other piece of gear, including your car, if you were a participant in a rally that spans 8,000 kilometers across the unforgiving Saudi Arabian desert. The Porsche Design Chronograph 1 911 Dakar TiC case also features the powdery matte gray finish that naturally occurs when the compound is created. As far as its form and silhouette, the case extends itself vertically from the fixed bezel, and ends with a slight curve at the top and bottom. The case has no lugs, and uses a system that has the visual appearance of the rally designed strap integrating with the case.