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“What makes the watch perfect: a very complicated mechanism made simple in a very visually pleasing manner, and easily understood by the wearer”
These age-old design tenants are a recurring theme across the Manufactory’s portfolio. Glashütte Original knew the Golden Ratio, often seen in the plant world, evoking a sense of harmony and balance, would be especially effective when applied to ladies watches. The challenge? Shrinking the asymmetry down to size.
The PanoMatic Luna version measures just over 39mm, a slight reduction from the PanoMaticLunar, but maintains divine proportions of the display: hour, minutes, and small seconds on the left, moon phase and date to the right. Backed by the 4Hz, 47-jewel Calibre 90-12 movement, the PanoMatic Luna wears its heart on its sleeve, with a mother of pearl dial and a polished steel case, surrounded by 64 brilliant-cut diamonds, all hanging on a dark purple strap. The winding crown’s oversized, 3mm diamond adds a touch of old-school glamour. And speaking of throwbacks…
Glashütte Original’s Vintage collection, which encompasses the aptly-named Sixties and Seventies models, might just be the pinnacle of irrepressible retro-cool. The pieces feature imaginative case shapes inspired by fashion, music, and architecture from decades where style disruption made waves. They’re matched to unusual dial colors and finishes, another hallmark of the Manufactory, often in limited-edition runs that sell out quickly.
In previous years, the stainless steel Sixties has been released with unique silver, black, dark blue, green, and orange faces. For 2020, a pair of crisp new Sixties variations join the line, offering a fresh glacier-blue dégradé dial. These special looks are created by Glashütte Original’s dial manufactory in Pforzheim, the German mecca of fine jewelry. A dial can take up to 75 steps to complete, including up to six quality-control tests along the way.