High Quality Replica Watch : The Glashütte Original Experience — Part One — The History

Glashütte in 1990

Glashütte in 1990

A trip to Glashütte will usually start in Dresden, a city that I already visited as a kid, back in the GDR times. My memories of the place were fuzzy, I vaguely remembered the Zwinger palace and some highlights of its collection of renaissance and baroque artefacts, but for the rest, it was a typical socialist post-WWII city, raised from the — still visible — ruins of the Allied carpet bombings of 1945. I was told that Dresden today, is a completely different city, and I had to admit that the pictures of the Altstadt (Old Town) on the Internet had very little in common with what I remembered. No, it was not my brain playing tricks with me, as Dresdeners told me, indeed, after the reunification of Germany, there were heated debates over different approaches to rebuilding the Altstadt. There were voices calling for a breakaway from the past, favouring a modern downtown with skyscrapers. Others argued that the city should be rebuilt the way it was before the war. The latter camp won, and in the past two decades, former landmarks of Dresden were rebuilt and, in certain cases, adapted to the requirements of a modern city with a rich history.

The tiny town of Glashütte, about 30 km south of Dresden, is known as the epicentre of German replica Watchmaking and as such, I always wanted to visit it. Almost like a religious duty of visiting a holy site, as a replica Watch nerd, it was on my list of horological locis sanctis, and when one of the most prominent German replica Watch brands, Glashütte Original, invited me on a tour of their manufacture, I was more than happy to accept it.

 

The Frauenkirche in Dresden

The Frauenkirche in Dresden

In 1989, while Germany was headed for reunification, a group of enthusiasts formed a citizen’s initiative, that later become the Society to Promote the Reconstruction of the Church of Our Lady, which began an aggressive private fund-raising campaign. The works begin in 1994 and as much as possible, original materials and plans were used to raise the new church.One of the strongest symbols of the new Altstadt is the 91 m tall Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) with its recognisable bell-shaped dome. During the 80’s, it was still only a couple of crumbling walls over a pile of dirt, kept as a war memorial.  In the above picture, you can see the sandstone wall of the building being dotted by darker bricks, they are part of the 8,500 original stones, creating an impressive contrast between the old and the new stones.

You might wonder, why am I talking about Dresden in an article about Glashütte Original? It is because the story of Glashütte Original is tightly intertwined with that of Dresden’s recent history.

Half-second precision pendulum clock No. 1 700 by Ferdinand Adolf Lange. Glashütte. Completed after 1849

Half-second precision pendulum clock No. 1 700 by Ferdinand Adolf Lange. Glashütte. Completed after 1849. Permanent collection of the Museum of German Watchmaking Glashütte

We should start by going back to the early days of replica Watchmaking in Glashütte — a former mining town struck by poverty in the first half of the 19th century — when Ferdinand Adolph Lange, Julius Assmann, Moritz Grossmann and Adolf Schneider, with the financial support of the royal Saxon government, decided to revive the economy of the region by importing the concept of the so-called home and cottage replica Watchmaking industry that worked so well in Switzerland. This was a supply system under which replica Watchmakers would order components from individual workers and assemble them under their own name. But in the 19th century Saxony,they had to start from zero, and on December 7, 1845, fifteen young men started their apprenticeship as replica Watchmakers and precision mechanics under the replica Watchful eyes of these masters.

One of the first students of Adolf Lange, Bernhard Carl Kohl opened his workshop in 1849. He is the inventor of balance wheels with gold weighted screws, and slotted screw threads.

One of the first students of Adolf Lange, Bernhard Carl Kohl opened his workshop in 1849. He is the inventor of balance wheels with gold weighted screws, and slotted screw threads.

By the turn of the century, there were over fifty craftsmen offering their services to local replica Watchmakers: tool makers, case makers, engravers, and producers of other replica Watch components. This was a period of prosperity — lavishly decorated pocket replica Watches Replica, precise clocks and marine chronometers made in Glashütte were highly sought after all over the world. As with every successful brand, because by that time the name Glashütte was synonymous with high-quality precision, there were copycats popping up in Switzerland, producing replica Watches Replica marked as “System Glashütte”. As a reaction, Saxon replica Watchmakers started using the term “original” to make it easier to differentiate their work from copies. One of them was the Deutsche Präzisions-Uhrenfabrik Glashütte (German Precision Watch Factory Glashütte — DPUG) that was making pocket replica Watches Replica under the Deutsche Präzisions Original Glashütte label.

Glashütte was also known for its replica Watchmaking school, one of its most illustrious teachers was Alfred Helwig, inventor of the flying tourbillon. Students came from all over Germany, Eastern Europe, and other continents to learn the craft.

But during WWI and especially in the aftermath years, there were dark clouds gathering over Glashütte’s replica Watchmaking workshops. Besides the fact that Germany lost the war and the economy was crumbling under staggering inflation, Glashütte’s replica Watch companies were late in recognising the rising popularity of wristwatches that were less expensive and more practical than pocket replica Watches Replica. Many companies went bankrupt, among them was also the above mentioned DPUG, and from its remnants, in 1926 emerged two new entities, UROFA making parts and movements, and UFAG handling case manufacturing and the distribution of the replica Watches Replica.

Wristwatch with UROFA Chronograph Cal. 59, Glashütte 1940-1945. In the background there are several huge pilot replica Watches Replica made by A. Lange & Söhne. Museum of German Watchmaking Glashütte

Wristwatch with UROFA Chronograph Cal. 59, Glashütte 1940-1945. In the background there are several huge pilot replica Watches Replica made by A. Lange & Söhne. Museum of German Watchmaking Glashütte

During the 1930’s and up till the end of the WWII, Glashütte was again booming, mainly because of the orders coming from the state for timekeeping instruments: pilot replica Watches Replica, marine chronometers and chronographs. As Nazi Germany was losing on all fronts, and Dresden was burning, Glashütte seemed to be untouched and production was in full steam… On May 8, 1945, one day after Germany signed an unconditional surrender on all fronts, Soviet bombers attacked the region of Glashütte, destroying many buildings, but luckily there were only a handful of civilian victims. Soon after the war, Germany was divided and Glashütte ended up under Soviet control. Red Army trucks were filled with machinery, benches, blueprints, everything they could move, except the most important ingredient, the people — the know-how and the soul of German replica Watchmaking.

Soon after the war, Germany was divided and Glashütte ended up under Soviet control. Red Army trucks were filled with machinery, benches, blueprints, everything they could move, except the most important ingredient, the people — the know-how and the soul of German replica Watchmaking. Without machines, without materials, some even lacking workers, at the end of 1945, all the companies are in a dire situation, and to survive they had to work together. The production is focused on simple wristwatches, without any complications or high-end finishing, that can be made in large numbers and at an affordable price. In 1949, the Soviet-controlled part of Germany becomes the German Democratic Republic.

Men's wristwatch Cal. 61 is the first new movement after the reconstruction of UROFA and UFAG. On July 1, 1951, the remaining companies are nationalized and merged under the VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB).

Men’s wristwatch Cal. 61 is the first new movement after the reconstruction of UROFA and UFAG. On July 1, 1951, the remaining companies are nationalized and merged under the VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB).

In Glashütte the remaining replica Watch companies were nationalised and on July 1, 1951, they were merged into Volkseigenen Betrieb VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB). Supply chains for basic components, such as mainsprings, jewel bearings, dials, hands, balance springs, originating from West Germany and Switzerland were lost, and many of these had to be produced in-house — a huge effort considering that they had to start from scratch, even creating the machines to produce them. Besides wristwatches, GUB was also making precision equipments for washing machines and light systems, clocks, etc. All their effort “to reinvent the wheel” left a dent on their ability to keep up with the latest developments in replica Watchmaking and for many years, they always had to play a catch-up game with the competition from the West. Their first automatic movement — GUB 74, known as Spezimatic — was only introduced in the 60’s, followed by the smaller and faster 28,800 vph GUB 11-25 Spezichron, in 1979.

Glashutte Spezimatic from the 1960's

Glashutte Spezimatic from the 1960’s

Despite all the adversity, by the mid-60’s, GUB started exporting replica Watches Replica not just to the Soviet Union, but also the Western Germany. Up until the 70’s before the quartz would hit the market, probably the most sought-after GUB products were the marine chronometers, that they were exporting to 27 countries all over the world.

While during the 70’s and 80’s, GUB did make quartz replica Watches Replica, mainly for ladies, unlike others, they never stopped making mechanical replica Watches Replica. By this time, GUB was a mega factory with more than 2,500 people, yet Glashütte had to face another challenge brought upon by history: the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.

Some of the first models from 1994, produced under the new Glashütte Original brand.

Some of the first models from 1994, after privatisation, produced under the new Glashütte Original brand. As you can see, these are not your basic socialist replica Watches Replica anymore, there is a chronograph and gold is used again for making the case.

In 1990 several companies were founded: A. Lange & Söhne, Nomos, and the state-owned GUB became the new Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe GMBH, under the control of the Treuhandanstalt, the German government agency supervising the privatisation of East German enterprises. Many people lost their jobs as these were early stage companies in a market economy that did not need thousands of workers. Even during this uncertain times, development of new movements did not stop and in 1993 Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe GMBH introduced the Calibre 10-30 which was a base-movement for future models. Finally, in 1994, the Treuhand found a client in Heinz W. Pfeifer, who changed the name of the company to Glashütte Original. This was not the socialist mega factory anymore, it was a small manufacture with 72 employees, but the know-how was intact and after a year-or-so, Glashütte Original presented the Julius Assmann Tourbillon, a perpetual calendar and moonphase in an 18k gold case, a beautiful homage to the famous replica Watchmaker.

In the following years, the company knew a healthy growth and became a well-respected brand in Germany, but to make it internationally they needed outside support. The help came from the Swatch Group, at the time, under the leadership of Nicolas G. Hayek, who recognised the value of the German brand, and in October 2000, Glashütte Original joined the Swiss luxury group. Under the Swatch Group umbrella, Glashütte Original became a well-respected ambassador of German replica Watchmaking, with an extensive network of high-end retailers and mono-brand boutiques in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

At Baselworld 2016, Glashütte Original unveiled their latest base movement, the automatic Calibre 36. the first GO movement with silicon balance spring. You can learn more about it here.

At Baselworld 2016, Glashütte Original unveiled their latest base movement, the automatic Calibre 36. the first GO movement with silicon balance spring. You can learn more about it here.

As with Dresden, it took Glashütte Original some soul searching to find the right path to the future, but finally, the direction taken by the company was to create prestige replica Watches Replica anchored in historic models, made using modern technologies. Just as the Frauenkirche, a mosaic of old and new stones, Glashütte Original too, proudly bears the marks and scars of its history, tapping into the past to find inspiration for its future.

First day of school for future replica Watchmakers at the Glashutte's Alfred Helwig school of replica Watchmaking

First day of school for future replica Watchmakers at the Glashütte’s “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking

We can’t talk about the future of Glashütte Original, without mentioning the “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking. As I mentioned earlier, Glashütte was well known for its replica Watchmaking school. Opened 1878 under the guidance of Moritz Grossmann, the German School of Watchmaking of Glashütte was operational for 114 years. During this period, it was a steady source of highly qualified workers who sustained growth and were crucial in the survival of Glashütte replica Watchmaking, during the less prosperous times.

After the reunification, it was really easy to find qualified workers, but once German replica Watches Replica were rediscovered by the rest of the world, finding skilled replica Watchmakers, or toolmakers became more and more challenging. In 2002, Glashütte Original opened the “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking, a three-year program with limited places, most of them to become replica Watchmakers and a few are qualified as toolmakers. The school is located in the original building of the German School of Watchmaking, the same building that since 2008, also hosts the German Watch Museum Glashütte.

Top: The 2016 graduates of the “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking with school staff. Bottom: August 1, 2016 The first days of school for the new cohort of replica Watchmaker and toolmaker apprentices.

Top: The 2016 graduates of the “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking with school staff. Bottom: August 1, 2016 The first days of school for the new cohort of replica Watchmaker and toolmaker apprentices.

There is a close collaboration between the “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking and Switzerland’s WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program). As result students who pass the WOSTEP final examinations receive, in addition to their German Specialist Worker certificate, the WOSTEP diploma. With these diplomas, they are guaranteed a job at Glashütte Original or other replica Watch companies within the Swatch Group.

To truly appreciate a Glashütte Original, you have to be aware of their history, and this is what I tried to cover here briefly. There is a lot more to be told about the fascinating history of Glashütte, the best way to experience it is to go and visit the factory and the German Watch Museum Glashütte.

In part two of the Glashütte Original Experience, I will walk you through the manufacture, following the different steps of the production.

Men's gold pocket replica Watch No. 2 381 by Adolf Schneider, Glashütte, 1878, with a highly decorated gold case and German silver movement. Permanent collection of the Museum of German Watchmaking Glashütte

Men’s gold pocket replica Watch No. 2 381 by Adolf Schneider, Glashütte, 1878, with a highly decorated gold case and German silver movement. Museum of German Watchmaking Glashütte

Women's pocket replica Watch Nr. 6 118, by Moritz Grossmann for his second wife, about 1880. Museum of German Watchmaking Glashütte

Women’s pocket replica Watch Nr. 6 118, by Moritz Grossmann for his second wife, about 1880. Museum of German Watchmaking Glashütte

The oldest marine chronometer from the collection of the Museum of German Watchmaking Glashütte dates back to 1896 and it was made by Rudolf Sieber, an apprentice at the German School of Watchmaking. Ebauche by “Strasser & Rohde”, a well-known company for their precision pendullum clocks.

Glashütte Spezimatic and Spezichron from the 1970's at the Museum of German Watchmaking Glashütte

Glashütte Spezimatic and Spezichron from the 1970’s at the Museum of German Watchmaking Glashütte

Replica Watch : Glashütte Original Senator Excellence and the new Calibre 36

Senator Excellence stainless steel (Ref. 1-36-59-01-02-01)

Senator Excellence stainless steel (Ref. 1-36-59-01-02-01)

This year at Baselworld, Glashütte Original has unveiled a newcomer to their Senator collection, the Senator Excellence, a superb 40 mm dress piece, powered by a completely redesign in-house base movement, the automatic Calibre 36.

The driving principles behind the development on the Calibre 36 were: stability, precision, extended power reserve and timeless beauty.Before we would go into more details about the replica Watch, let’s go through the list of new features that the Calibre 36 is bringing with it.  Here is a short video that will walk you through these four principles that we will discus in more detail, after the break.

Robust stability

Don’t be fooled by the dressy look of the Senator Excellence, the movement powering it was design to be robust and reliable. It was the first priority of the Glashütte Original engineers to develop a stable and compact (Ø 32.2 mm / 4.45 mm heigh) automatic movement by reducing the number of components (180 parts), especially targeting the parts vulnerable to wear and tear.

The traditional detent click of the winding system is replaced by a bi-directional-wind reduction gear.

They also use an innovative bayonet mount to settle the movement in the case, similar to the bayonet mount of a camera lens, rendering the movement shock-resistant and, at the same time easier to assemble and service.

Precision

The Calibre 36 is the first Glashütte Original movement to be equipped with a silicon balance spring. We see more and more high-end replica Watchmaking brands turning to silicon, because of its anti-magnetic qualities and resistance to changes in temperature. Its advantages are ideally matched to the mechanics of the movement: a bi-directional winding mechanism ensures that the replica Watch remains within the optimal charge range; a guarantee for excellent rate results. In addition, a regulator-free oscillation system makes it possible to adjust the rate using weighted screws directly on the balance rim. The movement is tested and adjusted by Glashütte Original in six different positions – one more than a chronometer certification test would normally require.

Extended power reserve

A stable and precise replica Watch deserves a healthy dose of Gangreserve. The Calibre 36 is delivering 100 hours, more than four days, of power reserve, beating at a frequency of 4 Hertz (28,800 alternations per hour). Usually, a movement with such a long power reserve would have two barrels, but in this case, we have only one spring barrel, although it has a larger diameter and a smaller barrel arbour, making place for a longer mainspring.

High-end finishing

The sapphire crystal back of the Senator Excellence revealing the carefully decorated Calibre 36.

The sapphire crystal back of the Senator Excellence revealing the carefully decorated Calibre 36.

When it comes to aesthetics, it’s the usual high standard finishing we would expect from Glashütte Original: polished steel parts, polished and blued screws, three-quarter plate decorated with Glashütte stripe finish, skeletonized rotor with double G, bi-colour galvanised engraving. All this beauty is visible thanks to the sapphire crystal see-through back of the Senator Excellence. To further please the eyes of the wearer, the manual winding chain was left visible, revealing the fascinating work performed as the replica Watch is wound by hand.

Senator Excellence

Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Red Gold (Ref. 1-36-59-02-05-01)

Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Red Gold (Ref. 1-36-59-02-05-01)

The Calibre 36 makes its debut in the Senator Excellence, an elegant minimalist piece following the design patterns of the Senator Collection: slim bezel, domed sapphire crystal, finely ribbed crown, the hands, etc. The Senator Excellence debuts with three models, all having a diameter of 40 mm and a height of 10 mm and matched with black alligator straps.

First of all, a stainless steel and a red gold model, both with silver-grained lacquer dial along with laser-cut, galvanised black indexes, roman numerals and a corresponding railroad minute ring.

Senator Excellence Black Dial (Ref. 1-36-59-03-02-01)

Senator Excellence Black Dial (Ref. 1-36-59-03-02-01)

The third model, the Senator Excellence Black Dial is made in stainless steel and just like the Senator Observer 2015, is inspired by the famous Glashütte observation replica Watches Replica. Observation replica Watches Replica, also known as deck replica Watches Replica, were used as navigation instruments on the high seas, until late in the 20th century. Deck replica Watches Replica were used as a secondary timepiece to be wound and synchronised daily with the chronometer. Unlike the chronometer that would be kept in the instrument room, deck replica Watches Replica, as pocket replica Watches Replica were portable, helping out in calculating the correct course of the ship, even under the most difficult conditions.

Here, the more classic, blued pear hands of the first two models are replaced with sportier, elongated white-gold sword hands and the indexes and Roman numerals are making place to bold Arabic numerals. The numerals on the black varnished dial and the white-gold hands are painted with plenty of Super-LumiNova in order to offer great visibility in darkness.  With the Black Dial model, Glashütte Original is catering to a clientele looking for a great balance between an elegant dress replica Watch and a practical tool piece.

A closer look at the exceptional dials of the new Glashütte Original Senator Excellence line.

A closer look at the exceptional dials of the new Glashütte Original Senator Excellence line.

The Calibre 36 is quite a big news, it is a new base movement, opening a new chapter in the history of the German company, hence, the Senator Excellence is a must-have for seasoned Glashütte Original collectors and a great starting point for aspiring collectors. Pricewise, the steel models will cost €8,500, while the red gold version will go for €15,500.

Glashütte Original Produces two chronographs using the new Calibre 37

Glashütte Original Calibre 37 makes its debut with the dressy Senator Chronograph Panorama Date and the vintage inspired Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date.

Earlier this year, Glashütte Original (GO) presented at Baselworld a new chronograph movement, the Calibre 37. The first models to be powered by it are the dressy Senator Chronograph Panorama Date and the vintage inspired Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date. Both models will be available first in the Saxon manufactory’s own boutiques and later through the replica Watchmaker’s dealers.

Glashütte Original Calibre 37 makes its debut with the dressy Senator Chronograph Panorama Date and the vintage inspired Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date.

The Claibre 37

With the Calibre 37, GO was looking to achieve a functional easy to use chronograph with compact design and excellent rate of precision.

Calibre 37 dial side and the back side

Calibre 37 dial side and the back side

The chronograph’s reliability is enhanced by the space-saving coupling clutch, which operates by means of an oscillating pinion. It was designed to travel the same short path when both engaging and disengaging the clutch.

Glashütte Original Calibre 37 waiting to be assembled.

Glashütte Original Calibre 37 waiting to be assembled.

Sophisticated technical solutions assure the new chronograph’s particularly high degree of precision. Adjustment is handled without a regulator using four gold screws on the balance wheel, which permits a continuous and thus more precise performance of the replica Watch over an especially long period of time.

The manufactory-made 4Hz automatic movement assures maximum functionality through its efficient and reduced method of construction. An example is the switch lever; in the new chronograph, in contrast to previous designs, it is comprised of only one part. The new movement thus guarantees the highest possible switching security, with room for error and susceptibility to interference effectively reduced to near zero.

Watchmaker placing the return-to-zero lever on the Glashütte Original Calibre 37

Watchmaker placing the return-to-zero lever on the Glashütte Original Calibre 37

The platinum version features a superb silver dial with laser-engraved black tachometric scale, railroad chapter ring and Roman numerals; all engravings are filled in black before the gold dial is polished in preparation for subsequent silver plating. The process, known as “silver plating by friction”, involves the application by hand of a fine silver powder, resulting in a beautiful, durable and unique dial. This lustrous silver dial edition is presented in a polished and satin brushed platinum case; a blue sapphire is mounted on the crown

With a power reserve of 70 hours when fully wound, the new automatic Calibre 37 represents an absolute peak value in the realm of mechanical chronographs. In order to keep the performance and amplitude stable over the entire period of time, a new oscillation system with low energy requirements was developed, managed by a single spring barrel. Optimal translation between spring barrel and oscillation system assures very solid and precise performance with no deviations over 70 hours.

Senator Chronograph Panorama Date

The platinum version of the Chronograph Panorama Date

The platinum version of the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date

First, let’s take a look at the elegant Senator Chronograph Panorama Date that comes in two versions, one with a platinum case and hand-finished silver dial and the other with a red gold case and lacquered silver grained dial.

Manual silver plating by friction.

Manual silver plating by friction.

A closer look at the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date's superb silver dial.

A closer look at the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date’s superb silver dial.

A second version in this debut edition features a lacquered silver grained dial with black railroad chapter ring and black Roman numerals set within a satin brushed and polished case in 18 carat red gold.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date red gold.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date red gold.

A domed sapphire crystal, antireflective on both sides, protects the dial side, while a second sapphire crystal set in the case back opens up the automatic movement for closer inspection. Among the exquisite features on view are the rotor and chronograph bridges mounted on the Glashütte three-quarter plate; Glashütte stripe finish on the automatic bridge, blued screws, and the central skeletonized 21-ct gold rotor with double-G logo.

The Calibre 37 is visible trough the sapphire crystal on the back of the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date.

The Calibre 37 is visible trough the sapphire crystal on the back of the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date.

The platinum version is fitted with a blue Louisiana Alligator leather strap and fold-over clasp in platinum; the red gold version is fitted with a mat black Louisiana Alligator leather strap and fold-over clasp in 18 carat red gold.

The dial presents an elegant 12 hour chronograph counter at 12 o’clock, while the Panorama Date display with black numerals on an ivory ground is positioned at the centre of the lower half of the dial. The small seconds dial with black and white power reserve indicator appears at 9 o’clock, the 30 minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. All hands are in blued steel, and the dial is framed by a slim, elegant bezel and case in satin brushed and polished platinum or red gold.

Price of the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date in red gold is USD $31,500 or CAD $32,800, while the platinum version goes for USD $55,600 or $57,900 if you will pay with loonies.

Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date

 

Bracelets in stainless steel, Louisiana alligator leather and rubber complete the contemporary design of this vintage inspired piece.

The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date price depends on your choice of bracelet:

  • On stainless steel bracelet it is USD $16,400 / CAD $17,100;
  • On leather or rubber strap it will set you back USD $14,900 / CAD $15,500.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date with blue dial.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date with blue dial.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date with galvanised ruthenium dial.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date with galvanised ruthenium dial.

The rubber strap looks fantastic with the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date.

The rubber strap looks fantastic with the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date.

Super-LumiNova shining on the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date dial.

Super-LumiNova shining on the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date dial.

With the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date, the new Calibre 37 find itself in a robust, sporty looking stainless steel case. It has three dial versions: galvanised ruthenium, galvanised silver and powerful blue.

All three dial versions are artfully decorated with a sun-burst finishing. The indexes are in white gold, the hour and minute hands in white gold with Super-LumiNova highlights for improved legibility. The dials are framed by a polished, soft-cornered square bezel and satin brushed case in stainless steel that underscores the distinctive, vintage Seventies look and feel.

More about Glashütte Original at www.glashuette-original.com

Replica Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Collection

The entire lineup of the Sixties Iconic Collection.

The entire lineup of the Sixties Iconic Collection.

If I will ever have to do an exhaustive study of a topic in the filed of art history, I would probably chose the history of design behind the Iron Curtain. It must be really interesting to find out how new aesthetic trends got negotiated and set during those years of censorship and restrictions.

If the West was living its psychedelic period during the 60’s, in East Germany even if things were happening on a more restrained scale, for sure bright and bold colour combinations were not avoided. It is this period that Glashütte Original decided to bring back with the Sixties Iconic Collection, five colourful timepieces inspired by the Spezimatic, a legendary timepiece from the GDR era, introduced by the state-owned VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe in 1964.

The Spezimatic fitted with the automatic Calibre 74 and 75, was produced between 1964 and 1979, and it saw a large number of different versions: all were highly reliable and featured an elegant design, and they quickly became style icons of their time.

Glashütte Original Sixties Red

Glashütte Original Sixties Red

Today Glashütte Original pays tribute to this iconic era with a special collection, inspired by the design of the models of the time. The Sixties Iconic Collection comprises five elegant, colourful timepieces. They merge the unmistakable design of the sixties with exceptional dials in unique hues that give the models their names: Sixties Red, Sixties Golden, Sixties Aqua, Sixties Brown and Sixties Grey.

All five models offer a delightful surprise in the form of an elegant dégradé effect on the dial, which is achieved using an extremely complex and time-consuming process in Glashütte Original’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim, Germany. In this process the dials are first galvanized with great care; layers of lacquer are added by hand in a series subsequent steps. Throughout, the process is repeatedly brought to a halt to allow the result to be examined by an experienced set of eyes.

Glashütte Original Sixties Golden

Glashütte Original Sixties Golden

In a final step, a further colour is carefully applied to this “canvas” using a special spray gun – this technique produces, depending on the angle, an individual colour gradient, known as the dégradé effect, which renders each replica Watch unique.

Three of the five elegant models in the Sixties Iconic Collection combine these unique shadings with a refined sunray finishing: With the Sixties Golden and the Sixties Aqua this results in a golden shimmer or a brilliant turquoise at the centre of the dials blending into a deep black, while the Sixties Red takes on an additional colour: here a luminous yellow changes to intense red.

Glashütte Original Sixties Aqua

Glashütte Original Sixties Aqua

The subtle colour shading of the Sixties Brown and Sixties Grey models is enhanced by an elaborate imprint. This complex technique makes use of guilloche stamps, which, with the help of a 60-ton press, imprint their filigree pattern on the paper-thin dials. These stamps, known as “dies”, are a further example of extreme authenticity. Almost as old as the historic examples from the sixties themselves, they are tools, around 40 years old, from the archives of the Glashütte Original dial manufactory.

They give the model with the brown-black dégradé effect a fine rhombic pattern, while the silver-grey model displays a structure evocative of dewdrops.

Glashütte Original Sixties Brown

Glashütte Original Sixties Brown

The timepieces feature the typical domed dials and lightly arched hour and minute hands, both with Super-Luminova highlights. Arabic numerals at hours 3, 6, 9 and 12 are presented in a font that expresses the unmistakable signature of the 1960s. All 5 models are presented in softly rounded stainless steel cases, 39 mm in diameter, and fitted with a matching Louisiana Alligator leather strap. The beating heart of the new timepieces, as in the other models of the Sixties line, is the automatic Calibre 39-52. The manufactory made movement has a power reserve of 40 hours, is finely finished and presents the characteristic features of fine replica Watchmaking in the Glashütte tradition.

Glashütte Original Sixties Grey

Glashütte Original Sixties Grey

The Sixties Iconic Collection will be available worldwide in Glashütte Original boutiques in Dresden, Paris, Geneva, Dubai, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macao and Tokyo. These exclusive models will also be carried by selected Swatch Group’s high-end Tourbillon boutiques.

The is no luck for Canada, but in the U.S. you can find them at:

Tourbillon San Francisco (231 Post St, San Francisco, CA / +1 415-362-1525)
Tourbillon Las Vegas (The Shops at Crystals, 3720 S Las Vegas Blvd #232, Las Vegas / +1 702-597-0284)
Tourbillon New Jersey (The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Turnpike / +1 973-564-5864)

The retail price is the same as the current Sixties models: USD $7,500.

www.glashuette-original.com

Before you go, take a look at this video that I found on YouTube of a vintage Glashütte Spezimatic

Replica Glashütte Original Senator Observer 2015

Glashütte Original Senator Observer 2015

Glashütte Original Senator Observer 2015

One of the highlights of the 2015 Glashütte Original collection is the new Senator Observer, a beautiful navigation instrument ready to worn on the wrist. Observation replica Watches Replica, also known as deck replica Watches Replica, were used as navigation instruments on the high seas, until late in the 20th century. Deck replica Watches Replica were used as a secondary timepiece to be wound and synchronized daily with the chronometer. Unlike the chronometer that would be kept in the instrument room, deck replica Watches Replica, as pocket replica Watches Replica were portable, helping out in calculating the correct course of the ship, even under the most difficult conditions.

Glashütte Original Senator Observer 2015

Glashütte Original Senator Observer 2015

Julius Assmann was one of the replica Watchmakers who established the industry in Glashütte, in the second part of the 19th century. His firm specialized in highly precise timepieces, such as observation replica Watches Replica that earned him wide recognition. Juliuss Assmann replica Watches Replica were sought by navigation officers, pilots, and explorers. Even Roald Amundsen during his conquest of the South Pole, was equipped with several Julius Assmann observation replica Watches Replica.

This latest version of the Senator Observer is a modern interpretation of the Julius Assmann observation replica Watches Replica. The main focus is on the legibility of the dial, created at the brand’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim. The dial is built up slowly, using three layers of lacquer with a finely grained texture. Super-Luminova is used to highlight the most important elements of the dial, the white gold hands, the numerals and the chapter ring hour indexes.

A closer look at the Senator Observer dial

A closer look at the Senator Observer dial

The dial itself features a small second subdial at 9 o’clock, which is beautifully balanced with a 55-hour power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. The two subdials are upheld by a typical Glashütte Original Panorama Date window at 6 o’clock.

Under the hood, and visible through the sapphire back we’ll find the automatic Calibre 100-14, featuring a superbly decorated typical Glashütte three-quarter plate and a skeletonized rotor in 21-carat gold.

The 44 mm stainless steel Senator Observer is offered on black alligator leather strap ($11,800) with stainless steel fold-over clasp or on stainless steel bracelet ($13,200).

www.glashuette-original.com

The back of the Glashütte Original Senator Observer

The back of the Glashütte Original Senator Observer

Glashütte Original Calibre 100-14

Glashütte Original Calibre 100-14

Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer with blue dial

42 mm replica Watch Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer (Ref. 1-58-01-05-34-30 and 1-58-01-05-34-50)

Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer (Ref. 1-58-01-05-34-30 and 1-58-01-05-34-50)

The history of Glashütte-made marine chronometers, the gimbal-mounted precision instruments that were essential tools for navigation, can be traced back to 1886 when the first model was sent to the German Naval Observatory in Hamburg. This is the source of inspiration for the popular Senator Chronometer collection and just with a quick glance at the dial will recognise by the way the subdials are placed, by the shape of the hands or the Roman numerals the DNA of a marine chronometer. Probably the only element on the dial that immediately jumps out as something new is the panorama date at 3 o’clock since marine chronometers would not have a date window.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer

Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer

First presented at Baselworld 2009, the Senator Chronometer so far had two versions, one with a rose gold case and the other with a white gold case, both having a white dial. At this year’s edition of Baselworld, Glashütte Original will present a new model, with white gold case and a textured blue dial, that they call grainé.

Let’s take a closer look at the Senator Chronometer.

A closer look at the Senator Chronometer dial

A closer look at the Senator Chronometer dial

The deep blue dial, made at the company’s Pforzheim dial manufactory, has an elaborate texture, just like a velvet, obtained by applying several coats of lacquer, until the desired colour and texture is obtained. The railroad chapter ring, the Roman numerals and the indexes are finely engraved and galvanised in silver.

12 o’clock is reserved for a power reserve display that also contains a day-night indicator that can come handy when setting the date. From 6 in the morning until 6 in the evening the small circle appears in white, from 6 in the evening on, in black.

The panorama date is a large date highly visible date window, that uses two concentric number rings that are placed on the same plane. On the Senator Observer, date window is at 3 o’clock and it has the same blue background colour as the dial, integrating seamlessly into the overall composition.

At 6 o’clock we’ll find a small second sub-dial which sits deeper, just like the power reserve indicator, giving more volume to the dial.

The hands are polished white gold, creating a strong contrast with the blue velvety dial.

The 42 mm replica Watch is matched with a midnight blue Louisiana alligator leather strap with standard or short fold fastener.

Calibre 58-01

Glashütte Original Calibre 58-01

Glashütte Original Calibre 58-01

The hand-wound Calibre 58-01 packs several remarkable features. One of the most important among them is the refined second-stop mechanism: when the crown is pulled out, the time display stops and the seconds hand is reset to zero, simultaneously the minute hand jumps ahead to the next full minute index. As the crown is turned to set the time, the hand always jumps to the next minute index – thus ensuring that the correct relationship between seconds and minutes is maintained.

The beautifully decorated movement is visible through the sapphire crystal back, displaying the famous three-quarter plate, screw-mounted gold chatons, polished steel parts, bevelled and polished edges and a superb hand-engraved balance cock.

Technical Specifications

REF. 1-58-01-05-34-30 (Standard fold fastener)

REF. 1-58-01-05-34-50 (Short fold fastener)

Case: Ø 42 mm

Height: 12.47 mm

Material: 18 ct white gold

Strap: 21/18 mm

Waterproof up to: 5 bar

Glass: sapphire crystal, both sides anti-reflective

Bottom: sapphire crystal

Dial: Ø display 36.8 mm, varnish blue-grainé with engraved silver Roman/Arabic numerals/railroad chapter

Hands: white gold

Strap: Louisiana Alligator leather strap blue

Calibre 58-01

Dimensions: Ø 35 mm, height 6.47 mm

Balance: screw balance with 18 regulation screws

Oscillating frequency: 28,800 vph, equivalent to 4 Hz

Power reserve: 44 hours 40 minutes

Balance spring: Anachron

Shock protection: Incabloc

Jewels: 58 jewel bearings

Additional details: Manual winding, central hour/minute, off-centre second, second reset with coupled minute ratched, Panorama Date, power reserve display, day/night indicator, exquisitely finished movement, bevelled/polished edges, polished steel parts, polished/blued screws, Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish, swan-neck fine adjustment

www.glashuette-original.com

New Replica Glashütte Caliber 36 And Senator Excellence Models

Glashutte Original Senator Excellence with Caliber 36 - steel case silver dial - Perpetuelle

German Watch Replica maker Glashütte Original debuted a simple, but innovative movement — ithis year at Baselworld.  The new Caliber 36 design is about simplicity rather than complexity, all while not only maintaining performance but also enhancing it.    The German Watch Replica maker’s designers were guided by four principles: extreme stability – in rate as well as overall construction (silicon balance spring, 4Hz frequency, screwed balance); maximum precision; extended running time (100 hrs power reserve with only one mainspring); and an aesthetic of timeless beauty.   The Caliber 36 hit all these marks, as it debut in the Senator collection’s new “Senator Excellence” model.  More details and video, below.

Replica Cheap Glashütte Original Senator Excellence

40mm x 10mm case (steel or red gold), automatic mechanical Caliber 36

Glashutte Original Senator Excellence with Caliber 36 - red gold case - Perpetuelle

Three versions of the Senator Excellence with Caliber 36 are available.  The first two have a light, silver-grained lacquer surface along with laser-cut, galvanised black indexes and a corresponding railroad minute ring, in choice of 40mm steel or red gold case.  The minute numerals inspired by those of historic pocket Watches Replica Replica and done in black on the steel model, while the red gold version offers these numerals printed in luminous red. Both timepieces have long, slim poire hands and a filigreed seconds hand in blue.

Glashutte Original Senator Excellence with Caliber 36 - steel case - Perpetuelle

Glashutte Original Senator Excellence with Caliber 36 - silver grained dial detail - Perpetuelle

The third model comes in a stainless steel case with black dial and luminous Arabic numerals.  Also luminous are the slender white gold hands, the arrow-tip of the seconds hand, and on the hour indexes.  A white railroad minute ring and 5-minute markers create additional contrasts.  This model is also fitted on a black calfskin strap with pin buckle, a bit simpler than the alligator the other two models are presented on.

Glashutte Original Senator Excellence with Caliber 36 - black dial arabic numerals - Perpetuelle

Glashutte Original Senator Excellence with Caliber 36 - black dial arabic numerals detail - Perpetuelle

The Caliber 36

Here is a video walk-through of the Caliber 36, pointing out its most noteworthy features:

Glashutte Original Senator Excellence with Caliber 36 - red gold case caseback view - Perpetuelle

One is immediately able to recognize typical Glashütte replica decorations and construction features such as the characteristic three-quarter plate and the skeletonized rotor with “G” motif, striped finishing, perlage, blued screws and more. A further subtle highlight is the implementation of the elegant manual winding gear train, which was consciously presented in full view and reveals the fascinating work performed as the Watch Replica is wound by hand.

Glashutte Original Caliber 36 - rotor view - Perpetuelle

Glashutte Original Caliber 36 - balance view - Perpetuelle

All in all, a simple yet beautiful 3-handed timekeeper from Glashütte.  With an equally simple, beautiful — and high performing — caliber, the new caliber 36.