Although Switzerland is considered the acknowledged leader in the watchmaking industry, there are many well-known manufacturers of timepieces in other countries, and the Glashutte Original company is one of them. The history of this brand started in 1845 in a small German village. The founder of the company, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, launched the watchmaking factory as a way to realize his dream of independent Saxon watchmaking industry and to save village dwellers from unemployment. The main aim of this factory was to produce high-end quality watches that could compete with famous Swiss timepieces demanded that time. Hence, Mr. Lange tried to unite the best artisans of the watchmaking industry in his factory.
The very first creations of Glashutte Original were pocket watches - very popular items in that period of time. However, the Glashutte company made its own innovations as well. For example, an original swan-neck fine adjustment of the clock mechanism is one of them. This tool has been used since 1888, and now it is considered an integral part of the Glashutte brand identity. The watch manufacture of this company gained momentum at the beginning of the 20th century. The next step to raise popularity was the manufacture of wristwatches: first – only male, and soon afterwards – female ones as well. Glashutte watches had a great success among consumers, especially in the 1930s – 1940s. During World War II, the factory was completely destroyed. However, five years later the company released one of the most famous models – Assmann 1. Today, pre-owned Glashutte watches are considered antiquarian items, so they are highly appreciated by collectors all over the world. Moreover, this company has the greatest success at annual watch exhibition Baselworld with different collections every year.
The modern assortment of timepieces by this company is represented by four collections – “Pano,” “Senator,” “Vintage,” and “Ladies.” Each of them reflects aesthetics of beauty and extreme accuracy. For instance, one of the most popular models for ladies is “Panomatic Luna.” This beautiful example of German quality was inspired by the Moon. It has a 38mm stainless steel case with a round bezel encrusted with 64 small brilliant-cut diamonds. Crystal sapphire glass guarantees water resistance up to 3 bars. An exhibition case back gives the owner an opportunity to observe the movement of the clock mechanism. This timepiece has the automatic movement to provide extreme accuracy in any situation. A moon-faced dial made of blue mother of pearl is encrusted with 18 brilliant-cut diamonds serving as hour indexes. This timepiece has basic functions – hours, minutes, and seconds placed off-center and some additional functions: a small date window, off-centered as well, and a moon phase calendar. The magic of the Moon is embodied in this amazing watch.
One of the best samples of male watches by Glashutte is the “Senator Cosmopolite” model. Its 44mm case is made of pure red gold. The white matt dial has Roman numerals, blue hands, small sub-dials, and windows for additional functions. The list of additional functions includes: time zone selection, power reserve display, date window, small seconds and stop seconds. Certainly, each man will dream about this elegant and functional timepiece.
Glashutte watches are good samples of elegant design and increased durability. Both men and women will be glad to have these amazing timepieces.