Glashütte Original is one of the few German Haute Horlogerie brands with a history dating back to 1845. The Saxon brand mixes proper mechanical watchmaking prowess with interesting designs, colours and textures. There’s something for everyone with collections ranging from very sporty to very retro and highly classical. In what was a challenging year for any brand, Glashütte Original impressed us with several new iterations across its portfolio. Here is what we consider the best ones of the year.
Glashütte Original SeaQ 39.5mm Reed Green
With green being perhaps the most trendy and popular colour of 2021, it all comes down to the tone and texture of the green elements to determine whether it works or not. The Glashütte Original SeaQ 39.5mm Reed Green received quite an appealing matte-green lacquered dial, paired with a green ceramic insert. The dial has a soft, grainy texture with large applied numerals and indices for the hours. It has a domed sapphire crystal, a closed caseback, screw-down crown and 200m water-resistance. It’s driven by the brand’s in-house calibre 39-11, which provides 40 hours of autonomy. You can opt for a stainless steel bracelet with a fine adjustment folding clasp or a green rubber strap, or grey textile strap on a pin buckle or folding clasp.
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Quick Facts – 39.5mm x 12.15mm – stainless steel case, brushed and polished – unidirectional rotating bezel – green ceramic bezel-insert – 200m water-resistance ISO 6425 and DIN 8306 compliant – matte green dial – applied indices and hands with white Super-LumiNova – tone-on-tone date display – calibre 39-11, in-house – automatic winding – 25 jewels – 28,800vph – 40h power reserve – brushed and polished steel bracelet with fine adjustment clasp, grey synthetic textile strap or green rubber strap with pin buckle or folding clasp – EUR 8,900 (textile/rubber on pin buckle) EUR 9,200 (textile/rubber on folding clasp) EUR 10,000 (steel bracelet)
Glashütte Original Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition 2021
Glashütte Original has made it a habit of presenting limited edition watches, not limited by number but by production period. The Glashütte Original Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition 2021 is only available for a 12-month period and has a unique dial, both in colour and texture. The result is striking, with a luscious green tone that gets darker towards the edge of the dial and a deeply grooved texture. The indices are milled into the dial, exposing the silver base material. The recessed small seconds and 30-minute chronograph counter interfere with the pattern only minimally. The Glashütte Original Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition 2021 uses the in-house made calibre 39-34, which can be seen through the sapphire caseback.
Quick Facts – 42mm x 12.4mm – stainless steel case, polished – sapphire crystal on both sides – 30m water-resistance – domed green lacquered and textured dégradé dial – incised hour markers – luminous hands – small seconds and chronograph minutes subdials – calibre 39-14, in-house – automatic modular chronograph movement – 28,800vph – 40h power reserve – hours, minutes, chronograph with stop-seconds, small seconds and 30-min counter – brown nubuck calfskin leather strap on pin buckle – available for one year only – EUR 8,200
Glashütte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition
One of the most unusual yet captivating watches by Glashütte Original is undoubtedly the PanoInverse. In 2021 the manufacture presented a new platinum edition, limited to 25 pieces only. The “inverted” movement has an anthracite-grainé finishing with a hand-applied guilloché decoration on both sides. The balance wheel is placed on the front side of the movement and has a Duplex swan-neck fine adjustment set-up. The manually wound movement is made in-house and displays the hours, minutes and small seconds on an off-centred dial. A simple power reserve indicator finishes off the display. This most technical and daring iteration of Glashütte Original’s Pano collection is worn on a Louisiana alligator leather strap and priced at EUR 45,000.
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Quick Facts – 42mm x 12mm – 950 platinum case, brushed and polished – sapphire crystal on both sides – 50m water-resistance – varnished anthracite-grainé with appliques – white gold skeletonised hands – calibre 66-09, in-house – inverted construction – hand-applied guilloché decoration – manual winding – 31 jewels – 28,800vph – 41h power reserve – hours, minutes, small seconds – Louisiana alligator nubuck leather strap with platinum folding buckle – limited edition of 25 pieces – EUR 45,000
Glashütte Original Excellence Perpetual Calendar Salmon
Although most often GO’s Sixties and Seventies collections are the ones associated with bold colours, Glashütte Original launched a surprising version of the more classical Senator Perpetual Calendar. In the collection for more than 22 years now, it was presented as a limited edition of 100 pieces, equipped with a spectacular galvanic rose opaline dial. The deep blue accents provide a strong contrast against the rich salmon-pink tone. Renowned for its legibility, the Excellence Perpetual Calendar’s indications are spread across the dial evenly. Next to the central hours, minutes and seconds, it indicates the date, day of the week, month, leap year and moon phase. Set in a steel case, the calibre 36-12 delivers a healthy 100 hours of running time and is topped with the signature “Double G” rotor, with the G’s now skeletonised.
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Quick Facts – 42mm x 12.8mm – stainless steel case – correctors in caseband for the day, date and month indications – sapphire crystal on both sides – galvanised rose opaline dial – hand-applied blue Roman numerals – pear-shaped hour and minute hands – central seconds with Double G counterweight – date, day of the week, month, leap year and moon phase indications – calibre 36-12, in-house – automatic winding with skeletonised Double-G rotor – 28,800vph – 100h power reserve – blue Louisiana alligator leather strap or stainless steel bracelet – limited edition of 100 pieces – EUR 20,500 (leather strap) or EUR 21,700 (steel bracelet)
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