BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Glashütte Original has been very successful lately with their vintage-inspired watches. Earlier this year we saw the release of the latest variation of the brands 60’s annual edition that featured a fiery orange dial and now it’s time taste the ’70s. Featuring beautiful gray and green gradient dials the new Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date watches pay a colorful tribute to the landscape surrounding the manufactory.
What stands out in these new watches are the dials, so let’s begin by talking about them. To create these striking dials all folks at Glashütte Original had to do was look at their pleasing surroundings. As of today, the Glashütte Original building is surrounded by thick green forests, moss-covered stones and innumerable traces of tin and silver mining which makes gray and green an easy and natural choice of colors. Both dials look stunning and feature a sunburst finish with a fume effect that begins with a lighter tone at the center and ends with an almost blackish tone at the outer periphery enhancing their visual appeal. Out of the two colors, the grey looks more conservative and elegant whereas the green is more vibrant and livelier.
Apart from the new colorway’s the layout remains the same as seen on previously released Seventies Panorama chronograph models. Triangular applied markers have been used for the hours which are supported by a printed minute track that features small lume plots at intervals of 5. Further to this, you have a numerical 12-hour display underneath the 12 o’clock marker, a big date above 6, a well-balanced twin register design with a 30-minute counter at 3 and a running second with a neatly integrated power reserve indicator at 9. All hands have a baton-style shape and are well proportioned making it a breeze to read the respective function.
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Like the dial, these new watches continue with the peculiar case design that is associated with the Seventies collection. The case features an angular rounded square shape often referred to as TV-style shape that lends the watch a 70’s vibe. It measures 40mm by 40mm and has a thickness of 14.10mm making for a moderately sized watch that should sit comfortably on a variety of wrists. As for the finishing, there is a nice mix of brushed and polished surfaces on offer and adding an extra layer of ruggedness and sportiness is the 100-meter water resistance. Driving these new watches Glashütte Original’s in-house automatic column wheel-based chronograph caliber 37-02. This movement comprises 76 jewels, operates at a frequency of 4Hz and offers a healthy autonomy of around 70 hours. Just like all other Glashütte Original movements this one is also exceptionally finished using blued screws, Glashütte ribbing on bridges, beveled/polished edges and a skeletonized rotor with a 21ct gold oscillating weight and can be viewed through the sapphire case back.
The new Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date watches bring a sporty and casual flavor to a retro-inspired collection. Both watches would come attached to a Calf nubuck leather strap and would be limited to a production run of 100 units each. The retail price has been set at EUR 12,500.
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