The watchmakers at Glashütte Original have considerable experience in combining traditional craftsmanship with innovative ideas. This combination is reflected in the Saxon manufactory’s multifaceted collection and is evident once again in the new PanoInverse – Limited Edition. This masterpiece presents a new interpretation of the idea of openly displaying the inner beauty of a timepiece and allows the balance bridge to seemingly “float” within the movement thanks to the artfully cut out base plate.
The new timepiece in platinum, limited to 25 pieces, represents a new chapter in the success story of Glashütte Original’s PanoInverse line. The idea of presenting the balance bridge and the beating heart of the movement on the dial side celebrated its tenth anniversary only last year. Now the new limited edition presents once again the lavishly engraved “butterfly bridge” and its rhythmically pulsating screw balance at centre stage. To the viewer this artfully finished assembly seems to be floating on air.
The characteristic form of the three-quarter plate, which is normally positioned on the back at the movement and visible only through the sapphire crystal case back, is also shown to great advantage in the limited edition of the PanoInverse. Filigree foliage flows over the rhodiumplated surface in fine lines and delicate branching – and not just on the upper side with the balance bridge, but on the back of the movement as well. This hand engraving is not simply another reference to Glashütte tradition: in the best sense of the word, the engraver’s handwriting also transforms each of the 25 watches into a unique work of art.
An unmistakable face
But there is more to the story of the traditional methods and elements of this exclusive timepiece. The unconventional face of the watch is enhanced by screw-mounted gold chatons, ruby-red jewels, blued screws and gilt engravings. Skeletonizing is also evident in a prominent location: in the white gold hour and minute hands.
Together, all these exquisite finishes and decorations give the PanoInverse – Limited Edition an unmistakable face. The manual winding Calibre 66-08, inverted in an original way, beats at a frequency of 4 Hz and features a running time of 41 hours. Along with the hour, minute and small second indicators, the watch offers a power reserve display and a second-stop mechanism. The finely finished movement is housed in a 42 mm polished and satin-brushed platinum case. In addition, a blue sapphire cabochon adorns the crown. The cornflower blue of the screws, the finely grained dial and the dark blue Louisiana alligator leather strap offer additional blue accents.
The new timepiece is available from Glashütte Original Boutiques and selected dealers around the world.
Glashutte Original PanoInverse Technical Specifications
with Louisiana Alligator leather strap blue, platinum standard fold fastener, 18 mm
with Louisiana Alligator leather strap blue, platinum short fold fastener, 18 mm
- Case: Ø 42 mm
- Height: 12 mm
- Material: platinum Pt 950
- Strap: 21/18 mm
- Waterproof up to: 5 bar
- Glass: sapphire crystal, on both sides anti-reflective
- Bottom: sapphire crystal
- Dial: varnish blue-grainé, with appliques
- Front view Ø: 36 mm
- Hands: white gold, skeletonized
- Dimensions: Ø 38.30 mm, height 5.95 mm
- Balance: screw balance with 18 weighted screws
- Oscillating Frequency: 28,800 vph, equivalent to 4 Hz
- Power reserve: 41 hours (+/- 5 %)
- Balance spring: Anachron
- Shock protection: Incabloc
- Jewels: 31 jewel bearings
Manual winding, off-centre hour/minute/second, power reserve, balance and fine adjustment on the dial side, exquisitely finished movement, engraved by hand, bevelled edges, polished steel parts, polished/blued screws, duplex swan-neck fine adjustment