Moving from a manufacture of classic, sometimes almost austere Germanic watches to a brand with more flair and playing on colours has been done gradually at Glashütte Original, but the Saxon watchmaker seems to have established its funky style for the long run now. We’ve seen colours used in various collections, in a rather obvious way on the Sixties collection, but also on the more traditional Pano models. And of course, the Seventies model was the perfect canvas for this too. It all started with two gradient dials in 2019, followed by two blue editions in 2021. And it’s time now for the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date to receive a very appropriate Fab Green dial.
With such a name (and design, of course), the Glashütte Original Seventies was surely the best option for playing with funky colours. With its vintage inspiration playing on different trends than the usual suspects, it has been around for several years already but somehow always flew under the radar, with the Pano and Senator watches being on the forefront. Now, with the 1970s and integrated watches being hot, and since the brand has decided to spice up this model with colourful dials, the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is somehow rejuvenated.
In 2019, GO presented two editions of this TV-shaped chronograph with dark green and anthracite gradient dials, which already brightened up the model slightly. Then, last year, it was time for the truly bold limited editions in bright gradient turquoise or, for the most audacious, a solid yellow dial. Following this new love for the 70s chrono, the brand added at the end of last year a new blue version to the permanent collection. This year, following the unstoppable trend for green watches, the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is presented with a green lacquered dial… But not your classic green colour, like you could find on a SeaQ for instance. It’s clearly much more in line with the name of the watch.
Named Fab Green, this new dial is a nod to the funky-70s with an industrial colour that pays tribute to those used furniture and interior design. The dial, which is as always made in-house in the brand’s dial-maker in Pforzheim, is not sunray-brushed but lacquered and has a degradé effect. This new colour is here combined with blackened applied markers and hands, a first for the model. The additional indications placed in windows, meaning the arched 12-hour counter, the power reserve indicator and the large, two-disc Panorama date are also rendered in black.
What remains unchanged is the TV shaped – a signature design that was hot during the 1970s – with a 40mm x 40mm steel case, a height of 14.10mm (reasonable considering the complexity of the movement) and the brushed and polished surfaces. The crown and pushers and well integrated within the case, and the watch features sapphire crystals on both sides and is water-resistant to a comfortable 100m.
To complement this relaxed and colourful edition of the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date, Glashütte Original offers the choice between a calfskin nubuck strap in brown-grey, a black rubber strap (both closed by a folding clasp) and a bracelet in stainless steel with a fine adjustment mechanism.
Inside the case 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.
Availability & Price
The Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Fab Green will be available at Glashütte Original boutiques and retailers from the end of May 2022 and is part of the permanent collection. Price will start at EUR 13,900. For more details, please visit www.glashuette-original.com.