by Kyle Stults on May 08, 2014
Introducing a beautiful new openworked piece from Glashütte Original. The elegant two-hand model is presented in a 42mm polished red gold case, which perfectly frames the painstakingly skeletonized, engraved manual winding manufacture movement.
The PanoMaticInverse, which celebrates its debut at Baselworld 2014, takes Glashütte Original’s PanoInverse XL (introduced in 2008 with manual wind Cal. 66) forward by introducing an automatic movement, the new GO Calibre 91-02. The beauty of this watch is derived from its technical aesthetic and the inverse positioning of the components that are normally found on the back of the watch. The centerpiece is a gorgeous duplex swan-neck fine adjustment sitting above hand-engraved balance cocks, capped off with blued screws and rubies on the rhodium plated three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing — all dial-side. And, in place of the PanoInverse’s power reserve gauge, is the elegant Panorama Date.
The new Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Regulator unites the classic regulator display (minute display at center, other indicators positioned as subsidiary) with an officially certified manual winding chronometer movement in manner that epitomizes German watchmaking, at least for me. The lacquered silver-grainé dial goes perfectly with the blue hands. That slender, shaped minute hand is particularly elegant. On the central axis above and below the minute indicator are the subsidiary hour and seconds displays. Power reserve and date panorama display round it out. It will be offered in red and white gold, both pictured.
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by Kyle Stults on April 25, 2013
Since their debut in 2007 the Sixties models from Glashütte Original have proven very popular, and not only with fans of “vintage” trends. They are great looking watches. For 2013 the Saxon watchmaker (A. Lange’s next door neighbor) introduces the Sixties in a nice midnight blue color, with sunburst finish, both for the date (“Panorama Date”) and no-date models. The Sixties is presented in a 39 mm polished stainless steel case, while the Sixties Panorama Date has a 42 mm case. The Panorama Date window is on a blue background — a thoughtful details. However I’ve always found the contrast between the retro numerals on the dial and the standard sans-serif font of the date window to be a bit at odds with each other. For this reason I strongly prefer the Sixties, sans date.
The watches both have a sapphire display back. The movements are automatic mechanical, Caliber 39 series. Characteristic features of Glashütte movement finishing are the bevelled edges, polished steel components, a swan neck fine adjustment, Glashütte three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing and a skeletonized rotor with oscillating mass in 21-carat gold. They do a nice job with their movements even for more entry-level production models such as these.