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Glashütte Original Chronograph in a fascinating colour-play

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Glashütte Original Chronograph in a fascinating colour-play

Inläggav Tony.A. » tis 15 okt 2019, 14:24

Chronograph in a fascinating colour-play
Special limited edition Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date in green and grey

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The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date from Glashütte Original continues to enjoy an enthusiastic reception five years after it was first presented to friends of fine watches around the world. This should come as no surprise, as it combines the perfection of genuine manufactory production with the rich traditions of Glashütte watchmaking. And today the successful chronograph presents another facet, in two limited editions of 100 pieces each: equipped with fascinating dials in green and grey, the new versions pay special tribute to the landscape that has inspired the work of Glashütte’s watchmakers for over 170 years.

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Glashütte Original is located in the centre of Glashütte, a small town set in a valley in Saxony’s Ore Mountains; for hundreds of years the town was shaped by its principle activity, mining. Today the manufactory is surrounded by thick forests, rich green meadows, steep rocky outcrops, moss-covered stone, and innumerable traces of tin and silver mining. Green and grey are thus the dominant colours of this natural backdrop to everyday life in the town.

The new dials: inspired by the region’s play of colours

The dials of the special limited edition of the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date take up the colour-play characteristic of the region and its impressive natural landscape. This successful chronograph’s striking new green and grey faces are fashioned in the watchmaker’s in-house dial manufactory in Pforzheim. There they are also ennobled with the sophisticated dégradé effect, deployed with sensational effect on the latest models of the Sixties line as well: the lighter hues at the centre of the dial shade gradually into darker nuances at the circumference.

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As a first step in creating the dégradé effect, the experts at Glashütte Original’s dial manufactory in Pforzheim use rotating brass brushes to apply an elegant sunray finish. After the dials are galvanized, green or grey lacquer is applied in several passes. In a final step, black lacquer is carefully applied at varying angles using a hand-held spray gun, which results in individual colour flows unique to each watch. The lacquer-coated dials are then fired in a kiln to burn in the colour.

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Fresh design elements

This striking timepiece makes a brilliant impression – in its new look as well – with the proven arrangement of the chronograph displays: central stop seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour counters with flyback mechanism, small second, power reserve display as well as the characteristic Panorama Date. The rhodium-plated rod indexes give the timepiece a clean, clear look.

The new timepieces are framed by a streamlined, stainless steel case holding the Calibre 37-02 chronograph movement: an automatic 4 Hz column wheel movement with 70-hour power reserve. Thanks to its stable and compact construction, it is remarkably impervious to interference. Its finely finished elements, characteristic of Glashütte watchmaking, are easily admired through the special sapphire crystal case back.

The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date – Limited Edition features a new, grey-brown calf nubuck leather strap that takes up the shaded colourings of the dial in an elegant fashion, rounding off both models‘ natural play of colours.
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