While the model was first launched in 2014 in rather conservative colourways, Saxon brand Glashütte Original has recently decided to give its Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date a style that goes in line with the expectations of the name. Already in 2019, we’ve seen the first step towards boldness, with gradient dials. And then things became bold, with yellow or turquoise limited editions, and recently a rather cool fab green edition that couldn’t be more seventies… But that was until now, and the launch of two new models that are all about the flamboyant colours of the decade. Here are the new Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Limited Editions in Disco Blue and Vibing Orange.
A few years ago, GO was mostly known for its strict, almost austere models inspired by the German School of watchmaking. Elegant and restrained, often dressed in silver or opaline white, this has been the style of the brand for long. And while this hasn’t been lost, the brand has recently decided to spice things up a bit (or a lot), specifically on its vintage-inspired Sixties and Seventies collections. Why not, these were decades of audacity and liberation after all.
Disco Blue and Vibing Orange… the names of the new Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date models say it all. These watches, just like the Fab Green edition we presented a few months ago, are all about the electrifying style of the 1970s, bright colours and original patterns. And these two new models are by far the most daring of the lot! Inspired by “two of the most popular shades of disco fever” these new models are funky, fun, bright, cool… But surely not for everyone. No worries, if you’re not into such colours, the same watch can be ordered with a more classic dark blue dial.
The design of the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph is inspired by the trends of the eponymous decade, and not only for the colours, but also for the case. The GO Seventies is a typical TV-shaped chronograph, a popular style back then, characterised by its overall squared shape with rounded angles. 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.
What truly matters today are the two new dials. And yes, these are unmistakable ones. Both have a sort of industrial look, due to the matte lacquered surface making the colours, light blue on one side and zesty orange on the other, truly pop and connecting them with the decade in the name. These pop-inspired dials are paired with dark rhodium-plated markers and hands, enhancing the colour and making them rather legible day and night, thanks to the use of Super-LumiNova. But these are also serious models, with a complex display. 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.
The new Disco Blue & Vibing Orange Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date can be ordered either on a textured black rubber strap closed by a butterfly-shaped folding clasp or on a stainless steel bracelet with fine adjustment mechanism and a folding clasp, for a more integrated (understand luxury sports watch) vibe.
Under the sapphire caseback is the classic, high-end in-house calibre 37-02, an automatic, integrated flyback chronograph with column-wheel. Beating at a 4Hz frequency, it boasts a solid 70h power reserve. It’s also nicely decorated with an openworked rotor, bevelled and polished edges, polished blued screws, and Glashütte stripes finish on the bridges.
Availability & Price
The new Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Disco Blue & Vibing Orange are limited to 100 pieces per colourway and are available as of now from boutiques and retailers. The price starts from EUR 14,200. For more details, please visit www.glashuette-original.com.