For more than 10 years, the Glashütte Original PanoInverse has been part of the Pano collection, being its most technical and daring iteration. With its movement exposed dial side, yet retaining all the elements of what we’d like to call 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 comes back with yet another limited model in this luxurious material, now with a fine guilloche 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 – somehow that’s what makes the charm of these watches – the PanoInverse is more the extrovert 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 both entirely visible dial side and, more importantly, reversed compared to a traditional watch, with its regulating organ visible 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 in order to express its traditional haute horlogerie skills. Classically, the first iterations of this watch were showing 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 mostly differs from previous versions due to the decoration technique used on all faces of the movement. Using one of Dresden most famous buildings as a reference, both sides of the calibre are showing a guilloche pattern, a semi-mechanical engraving achieved thanks to a lathe. The chiselled surface creates a graphic pattern that will shines in different ways, depending on how the light falls.
The rest of the dial stays true to previous editions of the PanoInverse, with an off-centred dial with hours and minutes, as well as a small seconds indicator. It is here executed with a matte anthracite varnished finish and paired with white gold hands and applied markers. The guilloché three-quarter plate being a technical element, it displays proudly 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 equally finished with 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 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.