The world of horology loves nothing more than a well-established heritage brand launching a new movement. When German luxury watchmakers Glashütte Original announced a new calibre, housed exclusively in two new watches, it more than piqued our interest. The new PanoMaticCalendar is Glashütte Original’s first watch to feature an Annual Calendar complication and believe us when we say, this is a big deal.
Described as a milestone in the brand’s 170-year history, the sleek timepiece utilises Glashütte Original’s signature asymmetric dial while adding an abundance of useful features. But don’t be intimidated by the sheer complexity of the PanoMaticCalendar – according to Glashütte Original, it aims to meet the needs of modern life. Yes, it’s innovative, but it’s also elegant and easy to operate. Importantly, it was inspired by the belief that memorable moments in life – ups and downs – are too important to miss. Precise timing encourages you to appreciate the present and while this watch has a hefty price tag, it is designed to be worn daily.
The PanoMaticCalendar and its Calibre 92 movement are the results of a team effort. From the designers who flawlessly incorporated multiple complications into the dial, to the watchmakers who hand-assembled the watches. This watch needed the Saxon brand to be at its most creative and focused and it’s safe to say that Glashütte Original lived up to its slogan – “Proud to be original”.
This latest release features an offset hour and minute dial and a smaller overlapping sub-second dial. It’s an unmistakable dial layout that fans of the brand are familiar with. However, this watch is causing a stir due to the new movement and its new features. So pull up a seat, because it’s time to highlight the mechanical marvels of the PanoMaticCalendar.
It all starts with the aptly-named, Wheel of Time. This wheel, at the centre of the automatic movement, acts as the Annual Calendar’s memory and completes one rotation a year. It’s this wheel that allows the watch to display the correct date throughout the year without you needing to adjust it at the end of each month.
The date display is prominent and there’s also a beautifully curved sapphire crystal window for the month. Both features are distinctive and complement the Moonphase window. Like Patek Philippe, this Glashütte Original watch shows the correct moon position for an astounding 122 years. This is mechanical watchmaking at its finest.
Hinting at the rollercoaster of life, the PanoMaticCalendar comes in two variations – one light and one dark. The dark variant is limited to 150 pieces and features a 42mm platinum case and a skeletonised galvanic black dial. In keeping with the watch’s ethos – that important moments touch our hearts – the beating heart of the watch is on display. The contrasting model sports a rich red gold case and a silver opaline dial. Both watches employ a tasteful Louisiana Alligator nubuck leather strap. The PanoMaticCalendar showcases German watchmaking at its best and is sure to be a winner among the brand’s fans.
Glashütte Original PanoMaticCalendar
Lug Width: 21mm
Straps: Louisiana Alligator Nubuck Leather
Case: Platinum (1-92-10-01-03-62), Red Gold (1-92- 09- 02-05- 62)
Movement: Glashütte Original Calibre 92 with 100hr Power Reserve
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Moonphase, Annual Calendar, Panorama Date and Month Display
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 50M