For more than 10 years, the Glashütte Original PanoInverse has been the most technical and daring iteration of the Pano collection. With its movement exposed dial side, yet retaining all the elements of the “German School of Watchmaking”, the PanoInverse has always been a fascinating watch with a mix of traditional and modern touches. Following the limited edition platinum with superbly engraved mainplate two years ago, the brand returns with yet another limited model in this luxurious material, now with a fine guilloché pattern inspired by the characteristic relief-like pattern of the dome of the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden.
While watches from the Pano collection are usually classic, if not slightly severe and austere in their design, the PanoInverse is the more extroverted member of the family, the one that is not shy to express its feelings. Indeed, as indicated by its name “inverse”, this watch has a movement visible dial side and, more importantly, reversed compared to a traditional watch, with its regulating organ in full view when that watch is worn.
With this in mind, the main plate of the Glashütte Original PanoInverse, exposed through the sapphire crystal of the watch, has always been a blank canvas for GO to express its traditional Haute Horlogerie skills. Classically, the first iterations of this watch displayed thin stripes and polished bevels, in addition to the signature hand-engraved balance cock. But then the brand decided to push the concept even further, with a hand-engraved model two years ago.
The 2021 Glashütte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition is classic regarding its specifications and differs from previous versions with its decoration on all the surfaces of the movement. Using one of Dresden most famous buildings as a reference, both sides of the calibre reveal a guilloché pattern, a semi-mechanical engraving achieved with a lathe. The chiselled surface creates a graphic pattern that shines differently, depending on how the light falls.
The rest of the dial is faithful to previous editions of the PanoInverse, with an off-centred dial with hours and minutes, as well as a small seconds indicator. Here it is executed with a matte anthracite varnished finish and paired with white gold hands and applied markers. As a technical element, the guilloché three-quarter plate proudly displays its gold chatons, blued screws and rubies. A power reserve is also included in the engravings and the classic balance cock with Duplex swan-neck fine adjustment. The back of this in-house calibre 66-09 is also finished with a guilloché pattern. This movement beats at 4Hz and stores 41 hours of power reserve.
This beautiful movement and display are housed in a 42mm x 12mm case made of 950 platinum with brushed and polished surfaces. It is worn on a grey Louisiana Alligator nubuck leather strap with a platinum fold fastener (available in standard or short sizes).
Availability & Price
This new version of the Glashütte Original PanoInverse in Platinum with Guilloché dial will be a limited edition of 25 pieces only. It will retail for EUR 45,000. For more details, please visit glashuette-original.com.