Tutima Glashütte Flieger with slate grey dial
The Tutima Glashütte Flieger with slate grey dial is the latest addition to the German brand’s extensive product portfolio. The model builds on the firm’s vast expertise in making pilots’ watches, while upholding the brand’s reputation for delivering an impressive quality-price ratio.
Founded in 1927, Tutima Glashütte has become synonymous with making pilots’ watches. In the early 1940s, the firm made a bi-compax chronograph endowed with two pushpieces and poire squelette hour and minute hands. The ‘Tutima’ was the perfect watch for military pilots.
The Tutima Military Chronograph ref.798 was voted the official pilots’ watch of NATO in 1984. This served to validate, not that it was needed, the German marque’s products. Originally, the firm was based in Glashütte, then relocated to Ganderkesee in the former FDR. However, in 2011 the brand returned to its ancestral home, Glashütte, a town close to the Ore Mountains. It celebrated its return home by releasing a highly technical watch, the Homage minute repeater.
Today, the brand makes accessible watches ranging from three-hander models with day-date indications to the über high-end Patria collection. The company repeatedly offers watches with a high quality-price ratio and its horological prowess is clear to see.
In the last few days, the German firm has unveiled a new model, the Tutima Glashütte Flieger, equipped with a slate grey dial. The epidermis of the dial transitions from mid-grey at its centre to a darker hue around the edges.
A triangular index is positioned at noon complete with two adjacent dots, a period detail typical of German pilots’ watches of the 1940s. The white hour and minute hands collaborate with baton-type indexes and corresponding Arabic numerals. Tutima has playfully suffused the central seconds hand with a cheery shade of orange that steps forward, ensnaring the wearer’s attention. Completing the inventory of functions is a date aperture positioned above 6 o’clock
At the heart of the watch is the Tutima Calibre 330, a self-winding movement, visible via an exhibition caseback.
Once again, Tutima has reimagined what was formerly a utilitarian object into a stylish accompaniment to any sartorial ensemble.
The brand’s press release
Play with shadows and light: this latest model in the new Flieger series brings cool contrasts to the wrist with a dark graduated dial in elegant slate grey. The dégradé effect continues harmoniously into the grey leather strap with con- trasting black outer edges. The handsome wristband is made by the traditional Horween tannery, which has been appreciated worldwide for five generations for its especially high-quality and robust leather goods.
With this new product, Tutima adds a new chapter to the on-going saga of its legendary pilot’s watches from the 1940s – and does so at a price unrivalled in this class.
A luminescent coating of Super-LumiNova on the numerals and the skeletonised hands, pale baton-shaped indices and the characteristic pilot’s watch symbol at the “12 o’clock” position assure optimal legibility in all lighting conditions. The second-hand is particularly eye-catching: it contrasts boldly against its monochrome background and adds a bright orange accent.
Inside this three-handed wristwatch, Tutima Calibre 330 automatically winds itself thanks to a rotor embellished with an 18 karat gold seal. The movement resists pressure to ten atmospheres and can be admired by peering through the transparent pane of sapphire crystal in the screwed back of the polished 41-mm-diameter stainless steel case. The crystal above the dial is anti-reflective and the crown is threaded. The date display collaborates with centrally axial hands for the hours, minutes and seconds to accentuate this model’s strong appearance.
Alongside the Grand Flieger Classic series and the Airport series, this newcomer complements the Flieger family with a sporty timepiece that goes equally well with a business suit or a leisure outfit – and not only makes pilots’ hearts beat faster.