First introduced five years ago with dials in solid, metallic colours, Glashütte Original has jazzed up the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date with fumé dials featuring a graduated finish. Available either in green or grey fumé, the new edition is limited to 100 pieces each.
Like the Sixties range of more classically shaped watches, the Seventies is a heavily retro line inspired by the experimental decade that’s best remembered for the birth of the luxury-sports-watch (and not much else, at least for now). The Seventies watches are typical of that decade’s style, characterised by square, stainless-steel cases and integrated bracelets. The chronograph has a television-shaped case that measures a chunky 40mm wide and 14.1mm in height.
Like all of Glashütte Original’s recent, interesting dials, the fumé dials are produced by the former Th. Muller dial factory in Pforzheim that’s owned by its parent, the Swatch Group. Creating the smoked finish starts with the decorative sunray brushing applied to a German silver dial base with a rotating brass brush. The base then undergoes galvanisation before several coats of green or grey lacquer are applied.
And finally, to achieve the graduated finish that darkens towards the edges, black lacquer is carefully applied to the edges with a spray gun, creating a slightly irregular dark border, then it is dried in a kiln.
Mechanically, the watches are identical to the stock models; they are powered by the automatic chronograph cal. 37-02. It is an integrated chronograph that is column-wheel controlled with a horizontal clutch. The chronograph features a flyback function, meaning the pusher at four o’clock resets the chronograph hand back to zero in one swift motion.
The caliber also features the brand’s signature Panorama Date at six o’clock, a power reserve indicator in an aperture on the seconds register and a 12-hour counter in an aperture just above the central axis for longer time tracking. Lastly, the movement offers a 70-hour power reserve on a single barrel and is equipped with a free sprung balance wheel, along with a swan neck that corrects beat error.
Key facts and price
Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date
Grey: ref. 1-37-02-05-02-35
Green: ref. 1-37-02-04-02-35
Material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 100m
Movement: Cal. 37-02
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, 12-hour flyback chronograph, power reserve indicator, big date
Frequency: 28,800bph, or 4Hz
Power reserve: 70 hours
Strap: Calf leather or stainless steel bracelet
Availability: Only at Glashütte Original boutiques from mid-November onwards
Price: €12,500, or 19,800 Singapore dollars
For more, visit Glashuette-original.com.
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