SPECIAL REPORT

Time To Move: Glashütte Original

by Katherine Arteche
27 Aug 2019

From the inaugural watch show by the Swatch Group, we select our favourite timepieces that exhibit both technical and aesthetical prowess birthed from these watchmakers.

Glashütte Original’s novelties this year encompasses a new collection, complications, and a throw-in of a possible trending colour to come. One such debut is the Senator Chronometer Tourbillon, a 25-piece creation that’s been lauded as the world’s first flying tourbillon with a second-stop mechanism, zero reset and minute detent in a platinum version.

There is logic behind this technical show of hands, which was to instantly stop a flying tourbillon at the cost of setting the time. The tourbillon is a delicate mechanism, thus to achieve this required an unfailing assembly of a chronometer-certified calibre, namely the calibre 58-05, which is fit with components to ensure high precision and careful adjustments when the movement is toyed with.

The 42mm dial openly displays this said assembly, with a contrasting galvanic blue dial for the main hours. The controversial flying tourbillon is flanked by bridges finished in hand engraved patterns and Glashütte stripes.

Closing up the dials are new blue-faced PanoReserve and PanoMaticLunar models, both of which provide a vivid time-telling configuration in red gold cases. Arranged in favourable asymmetry, large main hours and seconds take residence on the left side, while a big date display sit comfortably at 4 o’clock.

For either model, a power reserve indicator or moonphase display is positioned at 2 o’clock. Both the 90-02 (PanoMaticLunar) and 65-01 (PanoReserve) calibres provide 42 hours of power reserve. Topping up the classic blue looks are dark blue alligator leather strap, finished in either a red gold buckle or fold fastener.

Glashütte Original PanoReserve

What stands out from GO’s dressy timepieces is the latest family collective – the Spezialist. These tool watches are the manufacture’s latest rugged additions, inserting themselves as instruments suited for various terrain, from land to sea and air.

The pioneer collection is the SeaQ, GO’s latest dive watches. Large luminous hour markers and main hour hands provide high legibility against black and blue dials, with the additional function of a unidirectional ceramic bezel.

The SeaQ is split into three types – SeaQ 1969, a 69-piece limited edition dive watch that pays tribute to the German-issued dive watch of the same year; SeaQ, a perpetual all stainless-steel version; and the SeaQ Panorama Date, a large date version that comes in either a galvanic blue or black dial. The latter is powered by Calibre 36, a self-winding movement that’s been repurposed to deliver optimal timekeeping for underwater activity and provides up to 100 hours of power reserve.

Glashütte Original SeaQ 1969