With this diver’s watch, the past of the German manufacturer resurfaces. Robust, this vintage style watch meets today’s rigorous quality standards.
While Glashütte Original is renowned for producing exceptional classic and elegant timepieces, in the 1960s the manufacture familiarized itself with the world of sports, notably, water sports. This little-known chapter of its history is now highlighted in a brand-new collection called Spezialist. A flagship model, the SeaQ invites us to explore the underwater world. Its design is inspired by a watch created in 1969 for scuba diving. A 39.5mm diameter steel case with a satin-polished finish protects a black dial with oversized numerals and hour-markers covered in beige Super-LumiNova®. These are pointed by large needles coated with the same luminescent material. The time information is completed by a date displayed in its window positioned at 3 o’clock. The whole is surrounded by a unidirectional bezel, allowing excursions to unfold in total silence. Each watch is subjected to a battery of tests over a period of 24 days. A certificate issued attests to the successful completion of all tests.
The SeaQ is worn on a rubber strap with a pin buckle that makes it as comfortable to wear at sea as it is on land. An all-steel option is also available.
Price: 8,500 EUR
By Dan Diaconu
LIKE A SUN
A veritable ball of fire graces the dial of two new watches from the Saxony-based brand, combining the full force of typical 1960s design. A shade which makes your wrist pop!
The Sixties collection by Glashütte Original stands out for its styling from the 1960s, a period filled with creative freedom in all areas. In 2018, it wooed watch and design aficionados with a vibrant shade of green covering the face of two of its timepieces. The Saxony-based brand have done it again, this time opting for the warm glow of a summer sun, once again available in a duo both regulated by mechanical self-winding movements.
The polished steel cases measure 39 (Sixties) and 42 mm in diameter (Sixties Date Panorama) and house the 39-52 and 39-47 calibers respectively, which both vibrate at a frequency of 4 Hz and offer a power reserve of 40 hours.
This fiery sun is worn on the wrist with a chocolate brown alligator strap completed with a steel pin buckle.
Price: 6,400 EUR (three hands) – 7,900 EUR (date)
By Sharmila Bertin
CASUAL SPORTY STYLE
The flyback chronograph is making a comeback in the Senator collection. New style, new substance…The German brand has brought us a seriously elegant evolution.
Glashütte Original treated its collections to a stylish chronograph with a new in-house calibre in 2014. Its platinum or red gold case gave it its very own personality. This year the German brand has brought us an evolution in the Senator Chronograph Date Panorama with a more “democratic” steel case. The first models may have stood out for their classic design but the new one is more modern and its exemplary use of colour sets it apart. Inscriptions printed in white clearly stand out from the black dial. These are the chronograph and date counters. The contrast is heightened by the generous use of blue SuperLuminova coating the hour, minute and seconds hands, markers and Roman numerals at 6 and 12. Perfect timekeeping even in the dark!
The 42mm steel case switches between polished and satin finishes and houses the same 37-01 chronograph movement as the first models. It provides the watch wearer with a comfortable 70-hour power reserve. The movement designed by Glashütte measures short time with ease using a flyback mechanism and chronograph counter at 12.
There’s a choice of three straps for the Senator Chronograph Date Panorama. The black calfskin one has blue stitching to match the hands whilst the rubber and steel straps ramp up the watch’s sporty style.
Price: 13,700 € (calfskin strap) – 14,900 € (steel strap)
By Dan Diaconu
The PanoMatic Luna by Glashütte Original bathed in moonlight
The Saxony brand has unveiled a new watch for ladies exclusively available in its stores.
The great silver ball that bathes the night sky in white light has inspired many a romantic poem such as the first line of the famous Nuit de printemps by French writer François-René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), “Le ciel est pur, la lune est sans nuage: Déjà la nuit au calice des fleurs Verse la perle et l’ambre de ses pleurs; Aucun zéphyr n’agite le feuillage.”
The majestic, poetic and softly blue and mother-of-pearl PanoMatic Luna is to the wrist what the moon is to the sky. The mother-of-pearl dial gives the watch a shimmering blue glow. The white lacquer background plays on depth and enhances the mother-of-pearl shine.
The hours and minutes tick by off-centre at 9 in a blue-rimmed display whose 9 markers are paved with 18 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.04 carat) whilst the seconds dance at 7 to give the moon pride of place. The silver disc in a starry sky glistens in a bevelled crescent moon at 2 and the large date (a signature feature in Glashütte Original watches) lies in a silver-rimmed oval at 4.
All the PanoMatic Luna functions and 42-hour power reserve are brought to life by the in-house self-winding 90-12 calibre. 64 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.95 carat) glitter on the 39.4mm steel case’s bezel whilst a single gem (0.10 carat) adorns the crown.
Price: 17,200 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin
 “The sky is clear, the moon is without a cloud: Night already pours the pearl and amber of its tears into the floral calyx; Not a breeze rustles through the foliage.”
Introducing the Glashütte Original Senator Excellence
One heart brings three different personalities to life: the 36 calibre. The self-winding movement by Glashütte Original fuels the time functions and 100-hour power reserve in the Senator Excellence which comes in two 40mm case colours (rose gold or steel) with 3 dial colours and layouts.
The third dial is totally different. The black lacquer dial has floral luminescent Arabic numerals and a white minute track with two luminescent spear-shape hands.
Price: 8,500 CHF (steel) – 15,500 CHF (rose gold)
By Sharmila Bertin
“Shebam! Pow! Blop! Wizzz!” The onomatopoeic lyrics from “Comic Strip” performed by Serge Gainsbourg in 1967 epitomise the imaginative and free spirit of the 60s for me. Culturally, the world was changing: Audrey Hepburn embodied My Fair Lady, Andy Warhol printed Campbell’s soup cans and Mary Quant hit the streets of London in a mini skirt. In tribute to this creatively prolific time which produced the famous Spezimatic in 1964, Glashütte Original has unveiled a collection of five watches called Iconic Sixties. Some of the timepieces feature sunburst pop colours (turquoise for Aqua and orange red for Red) or more autumnal engraved patterns (chocolate for Brown and anthracite for Grey) on the domed dial. The indices and signature 60s Arabic hour numerals lie beneath baton-shape metallic hands powered by the self-winding 39-52 calibre housed in the 39mm steel case. Price: 6,300 CHF. Sharmila Bertin
If Roald Amundsen had been born a century later, would he have been as moved by the Senator Observer as he was by the observation watch designed by Julius Assmann in 1910, one of the founding fathers of Glashütte? Would the Norwegian explorer have taken this gem of German precision with him on exciting expeditions to the polar regions? Just imagine it. He would certainly have been won over by the mechanism inside the 44mm steel case and the reliable and accurate 100-14 self-winding calibre which provides a 55-hour power reserve. He would probably have fallen for the matt black dial adorned with floral Arabic numerals and leaf-shape central hands, a small seconds counter at 9 o’ clock and a power reserve indicator at 3 o’ clock which all glow in their luminescent coating. He would surely have marvelled at the so-called “panorama” date in the double display at 6 o’ clock. Price: 9,900 CHF
With the dawn of aviation and the popularisation of air travel, the world has become easier to explore and man has become more cosmopolitan as he juggles countries and time zones. The Senator model has also gone “Cosmopolite” in rose or white gold. The balanced silver-grained dial is easy to read and displays local time in the centre (small seconds at 6 o’ clock) beneath blue steel pear-shaped hands. It features 37 available time zones identified by the IATA codes which appear in a display at 8 o’ clock. Home time is displayed at 12 o’ clock alongside the day/night (in the form of a tip) and power reserve (up to 72 hours) indicators. A second day/night indicator for local time (with a hand) lies at 9 o’ clock whilst the date appears in a double display at 4 o’ clock. The time functions are brought to life by the self-winding 89-02 calibre housed in the 44mm case. Price: 36,500 € (rose gold) – 38,000 € (white gold)
Balanced, understated design and innovative, accurate technology come to mind when you think of German watchmaking. Most timepieces made in Saxony have instantly recognisable signature features: slim bezels, minimalist dials and classic cases. Glashütte Original is the worthy icon of German craftsmanship namely with the Pano collection and these two new products. The 40mm PanoMaticLunar comes in matt black and rose gold or deep blue and steel for 2015. The way the information is displayed on the dial makes it easy to read. The azure hour rim features gold or silver indices and hands off-centre at 9 o’ clock whilst the small seconds counter unfurls at 7 o’ clock. The famous panorama dual date display lies on the opposite side at 4 o’ clock whilst the moon phase stands at 2 o’ clock. The functions are brought to life by a self-winding calibre. Price upon request
Glashütte has been based in the Saxon Swiss town of the same name for over 160 years and epitomises flawless design and dependable movement. The proof is this 70s style square timepiece with a mirror-like face which was unveiled at Baselworld this year. The oversize steel case (40x40mm) features a large shiny bezel, a crown protected on the sides and two streamlined pushers. It houses the self-winding 37-02 chronograph calibre which provides a 72-hour power reserve and brings the time functions to life. Two facetted and raised Super Luminova-coated hands glide above the silver-tone sunburst dial with white gold indices and a slim minute track. The small seconds counter shares it dial with the power reserve at 9 o’ clock, the 30 minute counter is at 3 o’ clock and the 12 hour display is at 12 o’ clock. The date display holds court at the bottom of the dial at 6 o’ clock. Price: 13,200 € (steel)