Tutima, the Glashütte based watch manufactory that celebrates its ninetieth anniversary this year, has created Tempostopp, a high end mechanical chronograph equipped with the latest in-house caliber T659. A highly complex interplay of diverse mechanisms: Tutima Calibre T659 is one of very few “made in Glashütte” chronograph calibres.
Back in 2011, Tutima unveiled HOMMAGE, the first German wristwatch calibre with minute repeater, which cemented the brand’s reputation in developing high end mechanical watch movements. After the successful construction of the Tutima Patria in gold, a three-handed model encasing the HOMMAGE’s basic caliber, this family business now celebrates its ninetieth anniversary with the premiere of Calibre T659, another movement which was developed entirely by the Glashütte based manufactory.
Three years in the making, this latest masterpiece from Tutima revives a grand tradition. Tutima’s new Caliber T659 is a reminiscence of the Glashütte UROFA Calibre 59 from the 1940s, which was developed for the historic Tutima Flieger chronograph and which made that watch into the first German chronograph with Tempostopp and additive stopping. The legendary pilot’s watch came to epitomize sturdy robustness, reliability and precision.
Now this success story continues at Tutima’s original location with the debut of Calibre T659. Uniting the latest technologies and the virtues of the watchmaker’s art as traditionally practiced in Glashütte, all 236 parts of this exquisite movement are specially engineered, fabricated and finished on Tutima’s premises.
Thanks to the complex additional flyback function, which was known by its German name “Tempostopp” when it first debuted in the 1940s, the chronograph’s elapsed seconds hand can be started, stopped, and returned to zero with only one push of a button. This lets the user measure immediately successive intervals and makes numerous repetitive commands superfluous.
Available in 18 karat rose gold case version, the Tutima Tempostopp is limited to 90 pieces.
Mechanical hand-wound movement, Calibre T659
Diameter: 33.7 mm
Height: 6.6 mm
No. of jewels: 28
No. of individual components: 236
Escapement: Screw balance with gold weighted screws and four regulating screws in slotted, threaded holes; free-sprung Breguet hairspring
Balance’s frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hertz)
Power reserve: 65 hours when fully wound
Chronograph with column-wheel; cocks and main-plates matte and gold plated; hand-engraved balance-cock; cocks for wheels and balance are decorated with a finely striped pattern and polished bevels; surfaces of steel parts have a finely striped pattern polished on tin to a high gloss; springs for switching lever and seconds rocker are polished on tin; all setting and positioning pins are polished
Hour and minute; small second; chronograph with additive stopping, flyback function, jumping counter for up to 30 elapsed-minutes
18 karat rose gold 4N; diameter 43 mm; height 12.95 mm; sapphire crystals with antireflective coating, sapphire case back
Alligator leather, pin buckle in 18 karat rose gold 4N
Limited to 90 pieces