Germany may not be the first country to come to mind when you think of premium watches, however, the country’s wristwatch industry is flourishing, and it all seems to be concentrated in the tiny town of Glashütte. Found in Germany’s east, Glashütte has been home to some of the most prestigious and well-made watches in the world since the late 19th century. While the industry there has been marred over time by political and economic instability, today it remains prosperous with a whole host of watchmakers calling it home.
One of these watchmakers is Glashütte Original, founded in 1994, but with roots tracing back many years prior. The brand specialises in premium timepieces that look entirely elegant and are made with superior craftsmanship. What sets them apart is the fact that they make their own movements and dials.
Additionally, Glashütte Original is super transparent about their manufacturing processes and how each design comes to life. The brand’s website offers an extensive look into everything from initial concept design, to the manufacturing and testing of all the tiny little components that make up the piece, and even the hand engraving of the smallest and most delicate parts. Seeing the way every minuscule piece comes together to form the final product is genuinely awe-inspiring. It definitely gives you a much greater appreciation for that accessory on your wrist when you realise the pure talent and work it takes to create it. Furthermore, having nearly all the parts produced in-house means their quality control is far more stringent, resulting in exceptional products.
Glashütte Original’s vast collection of wristwatches spans a variety of styles. Their modern pieces look just as refined as their traditional ones. The signature is a sapphire crystal case back that allows you to see and fully appreciate the intricate manufactory movement. One of our favourite designs is this PanoMaticLunar. It’s beautifully crafted from a mix of stainless steel, sapphire crystal glass, and Louisiana Alligator leather.
Made with the utmost precision and quality, the PanoMaticLunar movements contain fine details such as an off-centre skeletonised rotor with stripe finish, 21-carat gold oscillation, and duplex swan-neck fine adjustment. Polished steel and gold parts complete the impeccably designed piece. Each component works perfectly together and the result is a unique and highly premium product. The off-centre hour, minute, and second hands leave space on the dial for a Panorama Date and moon phase complication. The watch’s white gold hands offer the perfect complement to the galvanised blue dial.
If you’re on the hunt for a luxury watch, Glashütte Original’s range of timepieces are exquisite and definitely worth checking out whether you’re into the art of horology or not. They’re an excellent example of how careful design, a deep understanding of the craft, and remarkable craftsmanship can come together to make truly high caliber products.