A far cry from the gravitas of the more classical Pano and Senator models, the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is one of the most original and refreshing models from Glashütte Original. Launched in 2014, the Seventies Panorama Date captures the zeitgeist of that groovy decade with its square TV-shaped case and adoption of vibrant, funky dial colours. Two new limited-edition models with “Golden Bay and “Ocean Breeze” matte dial colours enhance this luxury sports watch collection with a sophisticated integrated flyback chronograph and the brand’s hallmark Panorama Date window.
The more demure traditional colours of the first Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Models eventually gave way to colours more in sync with the collection’s name and spirit. Donning bold, eye-popping colours, the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date took its first colour dip with gradient dials inspired by the nearby Elbe Sandstone Mountains before moving on to more psychedelic colours like Bright Turquoise, Vibing Orange and Fab Green. Made in-house by the brand’s dial maker in Pforzheim, the new matte sandy yellow and blue colours – Golden Bay and Ocean Breeze – are designed to evoke summery vibes and created using lacquer. While the colours suggest the laid-back groove of the 1970s, don’t be mistaken: the mechanics of these watches enjoy the same high level of execution as other famous family members at GO and are equipped with several complications.
The sophisticated flyback chronograph relies on a central seconds hand, a 30-minute totaliser at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour counter in an arched window at noon. At 9 o’clock is the small seconds sub-dial with a neatly integrated power reserve indicator, and at 6 o’clock is GO’s signature Panorama Date window. One of the brand’s most famous developments, the digits of the date function are placed on the same level eliminating the need for a physical barrier between the two. If you are interested in the development of GO’s panoramic date display, don’t miss Denis’ in-depth report.
To enhance legibility, the two horizontally aligned and snailed sub-dials have a dark grey colour, while the three central hands, applied indices, inscriptions, minutes track and background of the date and 12-hour counter are black. Super-LumiNova applied to the indices, circular hour markers, and hour and minute hands ensures visibility in the dark.
The streamlined shape of the case is what really gives the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronographs their 1970s vibe. The rounded-square or TV-shaped cases were all the rage during the 1970s but eventually succumbed to changing fashions and were abandoned along the way (except for the Nautilus). The GO Seventies Chronograph Limited Edition case measures 40mm x 40mm with a height of 14.10mm. The rounded corners soften the geometry, and the architecture of the case and bracelet are highlighted with alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces. Protective crown guards ensure the 100m water-resistance of the case, a reassuring feature for a watch fitted with a sophisticated flyback chronograph.
On the technical side, these new 2023 limited editions are powered by the in-house, integrated automatic flyback chronograph calibre 37-02. In typical Glashütte Original fashion, the movement is finished with Glashütte stripes, a skeletonised rotor with a double G symbol and polished bevels. As an integrated chronograph movement, the crown and pushers are on the same level, which nicely balances the look of the case. It packs 70 hours of power reserve and displays hours, minutes, small seconds, the Panorama date, a power reserve, and the chronograph indications.
The chronographs are offered with two strap options: a matte black rubber strap or a sleek integrated stainless steel bracelet. The Golden Bay and Ocean Breeze versions of the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date are limited to 100 pieces in each colour. They will be available in August 2023 at Glashütte Original Boutiques and authorised retailers worldwide. The retail price is EUR 15,600 for the rubber strap option and EUR 16,800 for the steel bracelet.
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