While Glashütte Original is widely known for its typical Saxon watches, with off-centred displays and serious watchmaking credentials – the famous Pano collection – the brand has recently demonstrated its love for colours and originality… And that’s something that can easily be explained by the fact that GO is one of the few watchmakers to make its dials in-house. Following editions with gradient green or grey dials, as well as a couple of limited editions with groovy colours, the brand takes a look back at its atypical TV-shaped watch, the attractive Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date, which now comes in a new dark blue tone.
The Glashütte Original Seventies is a watch that has flown under the radar for some years, which is surprising given the impressive movement that was used for the chronograph model, as well as its original design. But, with the recent appreciation for everything 1970s and integrated shapes, the model seems to have a second life and GO is capitalizing on this. Plus, being a watch inspired by the groovy 1970s, it opens the doors to boldness and colours – which has been done by the brand in recent years, with gradient dials or even a solid yellow dial.
This year, the brand is rejuvenating the model with a new, non-limited edition that comes equipped with a dark blue dial, available on a multitude of strap/bracelet options. Overall, this edition of the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date retains everything that made this watch special. First, it has an atypical case, with a tonneau shape topped by a rounded square – a style quite famous in the 1970s, also known as the TV-screen watch. Measuring 40mm x 40mm, and about 14mm in height, it’s a rather serious watch on the wrist, but it’s also a watch with a serious movement inside. The case, with its 100m water-resistance, is made of brushed steel with polished accents and has nicely integrated pushers and crown guards.
The main novelty is the new sunray-brushed dark blue dial. The colour is obtained thanks to an elaborate process of galvanisation, which produces a metallic and ever-changing colour. The rhodium-plated indexes and hands are coated with Super-LumiNova, and this new edition retains the complex yet balanced display that is found on all Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date models. This means central hours and minutes, a small seconds at 9 o’clock with a nicely integrated power reserve indicator, the signature Panorama Date at 6 o’clock and a chronograph with central seconds, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour counter in a discreet arched window at 12 o’clock.
Under the sapphire caseback is a serious automatic movement with high-end specifications. The in-house calibre 37-02 is an integrated automatic chronograph with a column wheel and flyback function. Beating at a 4Hz frequency, it boasts a solid 70h power reserve. The back reveals its complexity and nice decoration, with an openworked rotor, bevelled and polished edges, polished and blued screws, and the famous Glashütte stripes finish on the bridges. And most of the chronograph mechanism is on display, which is rare these days.
The new Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date with a dark blue dial can be worn on a brown-grey calfskin nubuck strap, on a blue Louisiana alligator leather strap, on a black rubber strap (all three closed by a butterfly fold fastener) and finally, an integrated stainless steel bracelet, for a sportier look.
This new blue version of the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is now available from retailers and boutiques and is part of the permanent collection. The price starts at EUR 13,200. For more details, please visit www.glashuette-original.com.