Glashutte Original is known for their elegant dress watches and their excellent finishing, however, the past few years, they have been introducing a series of annual editions to jazz up their line up with some bold designs starting with the green lacquered texture dial in 2018 and the fiery orange dial in 2019. For 2020, Glashutte Original introduces the cool glacier blue for the three hand only 60s model at 39mm and also a new 42mm chronographChronograph A chronograph complication is a feature in a watch that allows the wearer to measure elapsed time in addition to telling the time. It works by having a separate set of gears and levers, called the chronograph mechanism, which is activated by pressing a button or a pusher. The chronograph mechanism starts and stops the chronograph's second hand, which is usually located on the watch's dial, separate from the regular watch hands. The elapsed time is usually displayed on a sub-dial or a register on the watch's dial. [Learn More] model to the line up as well!
While this dial isn’t as eccentric as the previous releases, the blue is very elegant and is inspired by the Alps and the glaciers. The dial is also equally intricate as the blue dial first receives a sunray finish before being pressed into the domed shape as seen in the side profile shots.
It is later sprayed with dark blue lacquer around the edges for the gradient look. These are hand finished and thus, every dial in this series is different from another. All these, is of course done in-house at the company’s factory in Pforzeim, Germany, a city known for it’s dial manufacturing.
The movement beating inside the 39mm three hand watch is the in-house caliberCaliber The caliber ('movement') is the heart and engine of a watch. It consists of a number of interconnected components that work together. Energy is transmitted through the gear train, to the escapement mechanism. The escapement mechanism releases this energy in a controlled manner. This drives the gear train, which ultimately rotates the hands of the watch and keeps time. [More Info] 39-52 automatic movement. It has been around for awhile now with a nicely finished three-quarter plate and Glashutte stripe and the well known swan-neck adjustment. The skeletonizedSkeletonizing A decorative technique that involves removing some of the material from the movement parts to create a see-through effect, often used on the plates and bridges. [Learn More] rotor with the cool double G also have a 21K gold oscillating weight.
The movement for the 42mm chronograph is a modular chronograph movement, that is, the base movement is the 39-52 but a chronograph module added on top. This movement has a sub second counter at 3 o’clock and a 30 minute counter at the 9 o’clock position. While the time only 39mm watch is only 9.4mm tall, the chronograph is no slouch itself as it is only 12.4mm thick! The power reserveRéserve de marche Also known as Power Reserve. A watch's power reserve refers to the amount of time a mechanical watch can run without being wound. The power reserve of a mechanical watch can vary depending on the size of the mainspring, the efficiency of the gear train, and the rate at which the mainspring releases energy. If a watch has a Power Reserve 'complication' it simply means that the status of the power reserve can be seen on the watch itself (either on the dial or movement side of the watch). [Learn More] is the same for both model at 40 hours and can be seen from the domed sapphire crystal from the caseback.
Both watches comes with a brown/grey nubuck calfskin strap and will be available at Glashutte Original Boutiques and select retailers worldwide. The 39mm time onlyedition will retail for 6,600 Euros while the 42mm chronograph will retail for 8,100 Both watches will be available and is in production for only 2020.
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