BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Glashütte, Germany’s center for watchmaking, is home to the Saxon company Tutima, which is renowned for its extensive collection of timepieces. While mostly well-known for their tool watches, like the M2 Coastline for instance, or their pilot or aviation-influenced timepieces in the form of Grand Flieger. That’s not to say that they don’t have dressier and more high-end options available, coupling that with in-house movement and result is the Patria line of high-end watches. The Tutima Patria is an elegant dress watch collection which is just expanded with their latest offering, the elegant Patria in 18-karat rose gold and with in-house Calibre 617.
The case is forged from 18-karat rose gold measuring 43 mm and is protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective properties. As per design consistency, the dial has indices rather than numerals and the indices and hands are made in 18-karat rose gold matching the case for uniformity in the design. The hands are also polished by hand and the dial’s deep blue background provides a nice canvas for the indices and the hands to shine. Other than the usual suspects on the dial, a register at the 6th hour represents the passage of time in seconds. The bevel is carefully honed and done in a matte finish.
The hand-wound Tutima Calibre 617, an exquisite in-house movement, powers the Patria watch from Tutima Glashütte which is visible through the sapphire crystal exhibition caseback. This substantial, 31.6mm movement is highly classically designed in the Glashütte style and has a three-quarter plate and 20 jewels in which three of which are held into screw-mounted gold chatons. With pink gold plating, meticulous chamfering, the remarkable Glashütte stripes, and the sunburst finish that Patria’s winding wheels boast, it is polished to the exacting standards of traditional Saxon watchmaking and is exceptional. Weighted screws and four regulating screws secure the balancing wheel and the heads of all screws are polished and not blued, adhering to Tutima’s tradition. The hairspring of the movement has a Breguet terminal curve and an Index-free oscillation mechanism. It ticks at 21,600 vibrations per hour and is held in place by an openwork cock. The power reserve, when fully wound, is 65 hours.
Tutima Glashütte Patria Ref. no. 6600-03 comes on a blue alligator leather strap with an 18-karat rose gold pin buckle, further harmonizing the consistency of the blue-and-gold color scheme. The watch retails for $21,000.
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