In the year 2000, Glashütte Original presented the PanoRetroGraph. A beautiful illustration of the art of fine watchmaking in Germany, its startling asymmetrical dial design, its unprecedented “retro” chronograph mechanism and 30-minute chronograph totalizer earned immediate acclaim. The limited edition of 50 pieces in platinum soon sold out.
Today, Glashütte Original presents the PanoGraph, a contemporary heir to its illustrious predecessors.
Favoured by the larger and cylindrical case, the new design distributes the elegant interlocking hour/minute and subsidiary seconds dials to the left, while Glashütte Original’s compelling Panorama Date takes up its usual position at 4 o’clock.
The chronograph’s remarkable 30-minute totalizer represents the original design in a modern look with an elegant set of three cumulative ten-minute scales with three separate pointers.
Two chronograph pushers at 4 and 2 o’clock are labelled in black, START-STOP and FLY-BACK respectively, the latter indicating the chronograph reset mechanism, the former the standard chronograph timing operations.
At the heart of this superb mechanical wonder is the Calibre 61-03. The manually wound column wheel chronograph is outfitted with a classic switching wheel that operates the various chronograph functions, including start, stop, reset and a satisfying flyback mechanism allowing one to reset the chronograph without first having to stop it: all functions are accessible through the two chronograph pushers on the right side of the case.
Easily visible through the sapphire crystal case back are the characteristic features and finishings of Glashütte Original movements, including the traditional three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing, screw-mounted gold chatons, screw balance, and swan-neck fine adjustment.