BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Glashütte Original is a brand that is well known for making watches that can be considered as some of the best examples of fine German watchmaking. The brand’s latest effort, the PanoLunar Tourbillon Limited Edition presents a uniquely artistic take on Haute Horlogerie featuring a stunning hand-engraved dial and movement.
Watches falling under the Pano collection present the contemporary side of Glashütte Original. Featuring an off-centered dial arrangement, elegant looking cases and high-quality in-house movements make these watches stand out within similar offerings from their peer brands. The new Panomatic Tourbillon maintains the basic design DNA of the Pano family but elevates the experience to a wholly new level. The entire dial on this new watch has been meticulously hand-engraved with intricate patterns giving the watch a baroque look. As for the layout, you still get the off-centered timekeeping section on the left with hours and minutes displayed on the top and a flying Tourbillon with a second’s hand at the bottom. Towards the right of the dial is the Moonphase indicator and a big date display. To make the dial pop further all applied elements along with hands have been thermally blued providing an excellent contrast against the silver background.
While the face of the watch is captivating, the same can be said about the movement as well. Although all Glashütte Original movements are well finished, the caliber 93-12 that powers this watch is in a league of its own. It operates a frequency of 3Hz, is equipped with a flying Tourbillon, and offers a power reserve of around 48 hours. Technical chops aside, the real deal here is the finishing. Most of the area of the movement has been hand engraved with the same pattern as seen on the face. The edges of the bridges have been hand beveled and polished, and the screws have been thermally blued. Furthermore, the off-centered oscillating weight is made of 21ct gold and has been skeletonized showing off the ‘GG’ branding. The movement can be enjoyed through the exhibition case back.
The case on this watch has been crafted from Platinum. It measures 40mm in diameter and has a thickness of around 13.1mm which combined with the downward curving lugs should make for a comfortable fit on a variety of wrists. The case also features a mix of finely brushed and polished surfaces adding to the luxurious appeal of the watch.
The PanoLunar Tourbillon – Limited Edition would come attached to a blue Louisiana alligator leather strap and would retail for EUR 126,720. Production would be limited to just 25 pieces.
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