Sometimes, the coolest parties during events like Monterey Car Week go unnoticed by the masses. That's because, for the most part, they are private, intimate affairs intended for those few individuals lucky enough to be in attendance. The Porsche Zentrum at the Quail Lodge served as the setting for one such event in celebration of ANDIAL (a name synonymous with success in North American sports car racing) hosted by Porsche Design, on the evening of Thursday, August 18th.
For those of you not familiar with ANDIAL, their history is too great for a short post like this. However, rest assured that their contributions to Porsche customer racing is a big part of how and why Porsche Motorsport North America operates their customer racing support division today.
This sentiment was summed up and echoed by the current President and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America, Jens Walther,
"Many of us grew up watching the ANDIAL-powered Porsche 962 and Porsche 935 race cars competing and winning championship after championship. ANDIAL marks an important part of Porsche’s customer racing in North America. The founders and their team laid the foundation for the customer racing support program that Porsche Motorsport North America has been operating since then, which enables race customers to focus on their programs and not have to worry about developing race cars.
We at Porsche Motorsport North America are very proud to carry the brand and the values of the owners into the future. The ‘ANDIAL FIVE,’ the five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 4.0 ANDIAL Limited Edition cars, mark the first generation of new ANDIAL cars. The owners of these cars not only have a special piece of fine auttive history but also a great machine to enjoy on the North American race tracks."
In order to celebrate that history, Porsche Design released a custom limited-edition chronograph that pays homage to ANDIAL.
Limited to just 20 units, the timepieces were pre-sold and presented to their new owners during the cocktail reception at the Porsche Zentrum.
About The Porsche Design Andial Watch
MOVEMENT | FUNCTIONS: Caliber ETA Valjoux 7750; automatic chronograph; Porsche Design Icon rotor; 48-hour power reserve; 28,800 vibrations per hour; 25 jewels; display of hours, minutes and seconds; stopwatch function [seconds, minutes and hours]; date window.
DIAL | HANDS: Matte black glass bead-blasted and galvanic dial; circular brushed chapter ring; red and yellow numerals; matte white, grey, red and yellow indices; black galvanic and high-polish white luminescent bar indices; ANDIAL logo at 3 o’clock; small seconds hand at 9 o’clock; 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock circular brushed with polished edges; date window at 4 o’clock; black galvanic and high-polish white luminescent hour and minute hands; matte white small seconds hand; matte red chronograph seconds hand; matte white chronograph hour and minute hands with matte red tips.
CASE | CASE BACK: Glass bead-blasted titanium case with black titanium carbide coating; diameter 42 mm; height 14.62 mm; tachymeter scale on the bezel; screw-down crown; convex, scratch-resistant, double-sided and 7-layer anti-reflective sapphire crystal; screwed case back with black-tinted sapphire crystal opening; water-resistant to 5 bar.
STRAP | CLASP: Black perforated calfskin strap with red cross-stitching; glass bead-blasted folding clasp made of titanium and stainless steel.
The "ANDIAL 5" Made A Guest Appearance
Besides the many Porsche luminaries in attendance, people like Patrick Long, Magnus Walker, Jeff Zwart, Chad McQueen, etc., also in attendance were the "ANDIAL 5" and their owners. The ANDIAL 5 are the 5 new GT3 Cup Cars designed and modified by Porsche Motorsport North America under the guidance of ANDIAL founders, Dieter and Alwin.
Jeff Zwart Amongst The Owners of the New ANDIAL Porsche Design Watch
While we know the owners of most of the new watches a number of them prefer to remain private. Jeff Zwart, however, openly acknowledged ANDIAL, and their contribution toward his many Pikes Peak victories, with the following image and caption on Instagram.
Obviously, a great event, an excellent watch and a fun party. Enjoy the rest of the images in our gallery below. Hit the "x" in the top left corner to return to the post when done viewing the gallery.