Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar in forest green
The Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar in forest green references the countryside close to the German firm’s Manufactory. The green dégradé dial is endowed with off-centre hour, minute and seconds indications. Most notably, the dial features both a moonphase display and a large date display, employing two discs.
In winemaking, the local environment influences the flavour of the grapes. Soil conditions, climate, topography and even the available sunlight can influence the taste and, ultimately, the value of the wine produced. The term ‘terroir’ is used to describe the aforementioned environmental factors.
Environmental factors can also influence the taste of other products such as beer, cheese or meat. Some watch brands choose to reference their surroundings with dial colours, perhaps a dial motif or maybe the design of certain components.
Earlier this year, Glashütte Original released a model featuring a green dégradé dial, inspired by the appearance of the forests close to the Manufactory.
Many years ago, Glashütte and surrounding areas were synonymous with mining. However, when mining disappeared, the region suffered economic decline. In 1845, Ferdinand Adolph Lange opened his watchmaking workshop in Glashütte, providing employment for 15 apprentices. Today, the town is the watchmaking capital of Germany. It is positioned close to the Ore Mountains and these days it looks picture-perfect with its coniferous forests, quaint railway and delightful shops.
The dial of the Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar in forest green is made in the brand’s dial facility in Pforzheim. Initially, the dial receives galvanic treatment with the edges picked out in black. Thereafter, the whole of the dial is coated with green transparent lacquer. The green shade is lightest at the fulcrum of the dial but gradually transitions to a deep shade of black at the perimeter of the display.
The dial design places the hour, minutes and seconds to the left side of the case. This asymmetric arrangement confers an abundance of style. A crescent-shape moon indicator is located at 2 o’clock while a large date display featuring two discs resides at 4 o’clock. Everything looks sumptuous yet seemly.
Beyond its pulchritudinous appearance, the Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar in forest green features a beautifully finished self-winding movement, the Calibre 90-02. This movement upholds the esteemed standards of Glashütte watchmaking and includes a three-quarter plate, blued screws, gold chatons and Glashütte ribbing. Indeed, the Calibre 90-02 demonstrates that the influence of the local terroir is not limited to just the dial, but also extends to the model’s high-end movement.
The brand’s press release
Colour-play in green
The dial of the new Pano model brings a rush of excitement with its deep, rich green hues recalling the coniferous forests surrounding the manufactory. The colour gradient on the hand-crafted dial is particularly eye-catching: starting from an intense dark green in the centre, the colour changes gradually to black at the edges.
The experts responsible for this impressive range of different shades work in Glashütte Original’s in-house dial manufactory in Pforzheim, Germany. After they have first given the dial a coat of galvanic nickel, the outer edge is carefully sprayed with black lacquer to produce the special dégradé effect. The entire surface is then coated with transparent green lacquer. The result of this hand-crafted, highly detailed work is a special colour gradient that renders each dial unique.
The silver-coloured moon of the moon phase display is reminiscent of a shimmering lake surrounded by the fascinating green of the dial. The complex crafting of the moon disc is also undertaken in Pforzheim.
As a first step, a milling tool is used to cut out two moons, giving them their wonderful convex form. Their surfaces are then polished with a diamond milling tool, which lends them a unique brilliance.
The silver of the star-studded night sky, on the other hand, is the result of an elaborate galvanic procedure.
Impressive design with the Golden Ratio
Thanks to its unmistakable classic design, the most recent edition in the Pano Collection proves convincing at a glance: framed within a polished and satin-brushed stainless steel case, the dial, with the characteristic off-centre positioning of the displays, is an expression of the Golden Ratio, the legendary law of aesthetic harmony.
The auxiliary dials for hours and minutes and for the small seconds are placed along a vertical axis within the left half of the dial, while the Panorama Date appears at 4 o‘clock. The white gold hands with Super-LumiNova inlays form a sparkling contrast to the Intense green of the dial.
The sapphire crystal case back offers a clear view into the heart of the watch, the exquisitely finished Calibre 90-02 manufactory movement. Glashütte Original’s signature duplex swan-neck fine adjustment along with numerous other elements of traditional Glashütte watchmaking, such as the three- quarter plate, blued screws, screw-mounted gold chatons and the characteristic Glashütte decorative finishes, provide additional, incontrovertible evidence of their origin. The movement, with an oscillating frequency of 4Hz, features a 42-hour power reserve.
The new timepiece is equipped with a matching brown nubuck leather strap with pin buckle or foldover clasp.