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Glashütte Original embraces seventies disco style

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There was a time in the not too distant past when watchmakers from Glashütte would eschew anything on the dial linking them to the famous horological village in the south of Germany.

Made in Germany was a turn off, particularly in America. It had to be Swiss.

Now, the home of crucible of German watchmaking and hotbed of independent watchmakers — Nomos, Moritz Grossman, Mühle, Tutima, etc — has finally got the respect it deserves.

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Richemont and Swatch Group were ahead of the curve, buying up A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original, which both produce exceptional timepieces.

The German village has typically produced classical complication watches or minimalist pieces in the Bauhaus style.

Nomos has added a splash of color from time to time, but the Glashütte philosophy has been to focus on centuries of horology ahead of chasing modern trends.

Which is why a new collection of Chronograph Panorama Date watches from Glashütte Original, launching today, in “Disco Blue and Vibing Orange”, is particularly eye-catching.

Even the 1970s-inspired description of the dial colors is a departure for the normally conservative village.

Curtains will be twitching.

So will collectors’ trigger fingers as they hover over the add to basket button because the two watches are stunners

Their dials are inspired by the electrifying style of the 1970s (a time when Glashutte was part of the Soviet Union and the Swiss mechanical watch business was being destroyed by the Japanese), but a swift re-writing of history has the era instantly lifting everybody’s spirits, according to Glashütte Original.

Importantly, the new Chronograph Panorama Dates are horologically on the money with hand-crafted automatic movements — finely decorated Calibre 37-02s with silicon balance springs — and vintage styling in the form of the 40mm rounded square cases.

We are waiting for dollar prices but in the UK they are retailing for £13,100, suggesting around the $14,000 mark.

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