For Baselworld 2015, German watch manufacture Glashütte Original unveils two new versions of its PanoReserve model in red gold with a matt black dial, and in polished/satin brushed stainless steel editions with a dark blue dial.
The exceptionally beautiful and characteristic dials of the PanoReserve are made in Glashütte Original’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim. In Pforzheim, the city of gold and jewellery, Glashütte Original draws on deep specialist knowledge and long-established traditions in dial-making, thus ensuring that every Glashütte Original watch receives its own dignified and unmistakable “face”.
Up to 40 separate operations, performed by true masters of their craft, are required to produce the refined and carefully finished dials. The application of the graphic elements alone requires six separate steps. The dial manufactory team’s extensive experience allowed them to develop the perfectly tuned colours – intense blue and mysterious black – that give the new models their radiant glow.
To achieve the desired hue it is necessary to exercise precise control over the entire galvanic colouring process, ensuring for example that the tension is at the correct level, that the dial is submerged in the bath for precisely the right length of time, and that the correct distance is maintained between the elements in the bath.
As is the case with the production of individual components of the manufactory’s own movements, the dials too must be produced within specified parameters. Strict standards apply for the dials, above all with regard to the grain, pressure and duration, in order to prevent changes in the colour.
The Pano models from Glashütte Original give prominence to the clear, pure design with its off-centre placement of hour and minute hands and small seconds display. The red gold version of the PanoReserve presents a dial in a matt black tone with hands and applied hour indexes in gold on the hour and minute display, the Panorama Date in black on white and a power reserve indicator (Auf/Ab) with a gold hand. The second version in stainless steel features a galvanised blue dial with hands in white gold, applied hour indexes and an impressive Panorama Date in white on blue below the power reserve. In the interest of improved legibility in the dark, all versions feature luminous highlights on the hour and minute hands.
The heart of the PanoReserve is the manual winding Calibre 65-01 with 42 hour power reserve and 48 jewels. The sapphire crystal case back offers a clear view of the characteristic Glashütte Original duplex swan-neck fine adjustment and other traditional elements of the art of watchmaking in Glashütte: the Glashütte three-quarter plate with Glashütte stripe finish, the hand-engraved balance cock, the screw balance, screw mounted gold chatons and blued screws.
The Panorama Date and the power reserve display present indications in the German language. Along with the “Made in Germany” mark these indications offer a subtle reminder of the origin of the watch and a silent bow to the art of German watchmaking, as practised in Glashütte since 1845.
The new Pano models in red gold are offered with a choice of either a matt black Louisiana Alligator leather strap or a Louisiana Alligator nubuck leather strap, while the stainless steel versions can be worn with a dark blue calf’s leather or Louisiana Alligator nubuck leather strap.
1-65-01-26-12-30 (Louisiana Alligator nubuck leather strap blue)
1-65-01-26-12-35 (calf skin leather strap blue)
1-65-01-26-12-70 (stainless steel bracelet)
Case: material stainless steel
Dial: galvanic blue
1-65-01-29-15-30 (Louisiana Alligator leather strap black)
1-65-01-29-15-31 (Louisiana Alligator nubuck leather strap black)
Case material: 18 ct red gold
Dial: galvanic black
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 11.7 mm
Strap: 20/18 mm
Water proof up to 5 bar
Glass: sapphire crystal, on both sides anti-reflective
Bottom: sapphire crystal
Manual winding movement, Calibre 65-01
Diameter: 32.2 mm, height 6.1 mm
Oscillation frequency: 28,800 vph, equivalent to 4 Hz
Power reserve: 42 hours (+/- 5%)
Jewels: 48 (four of them in screwed and one in pressed gold chatons)
Balance: screw balance with 18 weighted screws
Hours and minutes (off-centre), small second (off-centre), Panorama Date, power reserve display (retrograde), second stop; exquisitely finished movement, beveled/polished edges, polished and brushed steel parts, blued screws, screwed gold chatons, hand engraved balance bridge and second cock, Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish, duplex swan neck fine adjustment.