Glashütte Original - PanoMaticCalendar - Style & Trend

Glashütte Original – PanoMaticCalendar – Style & Trend

The premiere of a new movement is a major event for a Manufacture. Glashütte Original is particularly pleased to not only present an exclusive movement and a new timepiece, but also to enrich its portfolio with a new complication: the annual calendar. Powered by the caliber 92, the PanoMaticCalendar is dedicated to life’s big and small moments and this timepiece marks a new milestone in the history of the Saxon watchmaker. The automatic movement with annual calendar, moon phase and Panorama Date has been completely redesigned. The result is a modern, elegant and original mechanism, designed to be worn and enjoyed day after day.

PanoMaticCalendar © Glashütte Original

A contemporary complication

Developed at the end of the 20th century, the annual calendar is a recent horological complication. This mechanism indicates the day and the month taking into account the months of 30 and 31 days. The date only needs to be corrected once a year, on March 1st. This specificity distinguishes the annual calendar from its big brother, the perpetual calendar, which automatically takes into account the shorter duration of the month of February, including during leap years. However, the annual calendar is more focused on the present than on eternity. Its mechanism requires little space in the movement and it is distinguished by its robustness – it is an ideal partner in everyday life.

An original new development

Glashütte Original brought together a team of watchmakers, designers, builders and technicians who deployed all their expertise and creativity to meet this mechanical challenge. The new caliber 92 was designed by integrating the demands of modern life so that this sophisticated mechanism is easy to use and suitable for everyday use. The automatic movement, which measures only 7.65 mm thick, is thus distinguished by its remarkable ease of use and elegant details. In addition to the off-centre display of hours, minutes and small seconds – an emblematic feature of the Pano family, Caliber 92 offers a moon phase display, a Panorama Date as well as a retrograde month display driven by a ingenious mechanism.

PanoMaticCalendar

PanoMaticCalendar © Glashütte Original

Close-up on the wheel of time

On the annual calendar, the date automatically jumps from 30 or 31 to 1 at the end of each month. This change, which may seem magical, is based on a mechanism that has been the subject of precise calculations and meticulous orchestration. At the heart of the movement, the month switching wheel represents the “memory” of this function. The Glashütte Original watchmakers fitted this wheel with a ball bearing. No less than 38 tiny hardened steel balls with a diameter of 0.5 mm ensure that friction is reduced to a minimum and the efficiency of mechanical processes is increased. The cam disc on the upper side of the wheel performs one full rotation per year and triggers, via its irregular edges, the switching process at the end of each month: its notches mark the 31-day months. A small tooth on the lower side of the wheel activates, via cogs, the ring of the months in order to give life to the retrograde display on the dial side.

PanoMaticCalendar

PanoMaticCalendar © Glashütte Original

Close-up of the retrograde month display

The retrograde display shows the current month very elegantly. A curved aperture located between 3 and 6 o’clock and surmounted by a sapphire crystal indicates the twelve months by means of numerals. The glass is tempered grey, with the sole exception of the month numerals. Thanks to the indicators placed on the mobile ring of the months – which makes a complete rotation in four years – only one digit at a time appears in black. This type of display is a real novelty at Glashütte Original, which reinterprets the classic month display in an elegant and innovative way.

Close-up on the Panorama Date and the moon phase

The Panorama Date, which supplements the information of the annual calendar at 4 o’clock, is a typical feature of Glashütte Original. Thanks to two concentric discs located on the same plane, the two digits of the large date can be displayed without a central separating bar. Like the month, hours, minutes and small seconds, the date is corrected by means of the crown. The moon phase aperture at 2 o’clock indicates the celestial profile of the earth’s satellite against a twinkling starry firmament. In theory, the timepiece will display the moon phase accurately for the next 122 years; after this time, it will have to be corrected manually by one day. This adjustment is made using a discreet corrector located on the side of the case.

PanoMaticCalendar

PanoMaticCalendar © Glashütte Original

Modern mechanics with traditional finishes

To meet the contemporary demands of the new caliber, a silicon hairspring offers increased resistance to the magnetic fields of everyday life, while a 100-hour power reserve ensures maximum autonomy. The movement is anchored in the case thanks to a bayonet suspension which guarantees excellent protection against shocks and blows. Each timepiece is meticulously assembled, decorated and adjusted by hand in the workshops of the Manufacture. The sapphire crystal back allows you to admire many characteristics that attest to the origin of the Glashütte Original timepiece: the elegant Côtes de Glashütte finishes, the bevelled edges, the blued screws, the hand-engraved balance bridge, the famous three-quarter plate as well as a meticulously decorated rotor with its 21-carat gold oscillating weight.

The PanoMaticCalendar in red gold

From its launch, the new movement is available in two distinct versions. Under the designation caliber 92-09, it features a classic rhodium-plated face in the model with a red gold case.

With a diameter of 42 mm, the polished and satin-brushed case is slightly domed to hug the curves of the wrist. The opaline silvered dial, warm and soft, is retained on this model. The fine flange that surrounds and highlights the dial introduces a particularly refined note. The hour, minute and small seconds dials feature a sophisticated vinyl record decor. The gilded appliques and hands encrusted with Super-LumiNova®, as well as the classically blued seconds hand, introduce brilliant accents that echo the gold edging that delimits the Panorama Date – another first for Glashütte Original. The black indicator of the current month stands out against a white background while the color of the moon matches the red gold case. This non-limited edition is mounted on a brown Louisiana alligator nubuck leather strap secured by a red gold folding or pin buckle.

PanoMaticCalendar

PanoMaticCalendar © Glashütte Original

The limited edition PanoMaticCalendar in platinum

A completely different interpretation is offered by the caliber 92-10 also derived from the new movement: a skeletonized and black rhodium-plated version, housed in a 42 mm platinum case. Limited to 150 pieces, the model notably reveals the month switch wheel located under the small seconds, as well as the moon phase switch mechanism and the date disc. The generously cut-out black galvanized dial displays a sophisticated vinyl record decor and white gold applied indexes. The minute and hour hands are blued and encrusted with Super-LumiNova®, the seconds hand is rhodium-plated and skeletonised. Matching the dark look of the timepiece, the month display stands out in white against a black background while the moon offers shimmering silver highlights. The black alligator leather nubuck strap is held in place by a platinum folding clasp.

PanoMaticCalendar

PanoMaticCalendar © Glashütte Original

A special first

The new PanoMaticCalendar, whose caliber 92 is also being unveiled to the public for the first time, is dedicated to life’s big and small moments, to those emotional moments and encounters that remain forever etched in the mind. The premiere of this timepiece should also be one of those unforgettable moments for many collectors and fans of Glashütte Original.

The new PanoMaticCalendar is available from June 2022 in all Glashütte Original boutiques worldwide as well as at selected retailers.

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