A Step Back Into The 1970s
It would be all too facile to claim that the 1970s were merely a simpler time. The decade many remember so fondly was as tumultuous and upheaval-prone as it was transformative and chockfull of possibility: The societal changes that came as a result of the Civil Rights Movements and Women’s Liberation Movement were finally winning the fight for widespread acceptance, and, on top of all that, an unpopular war was coming to an end.
Times had changed, but minds were only just starting to do the same. And, more than any other defining factor at that time, a new generation was undeniably more comfortable (and defiant) about speaking their minds in opposition to tradition than the generations that came before.
What’s Going On?
As a result, this sense of unabashed freedom was reflected in bold new avenues of music, dance, film, the arts, politics, fashion, and self-expression. To the tune of a new beat, people made equally bold choices, not only in their private lives and personal style, but in their choice of more-the-merrier, inclusive socializing and nightlife. And no place typifies the Seventies’ sense of excitement and community more than the neighborhood watering hole.
Strolling into your local after work on Friday meant that you were absolutely going to see friends. Mainly because everybody was going there, and everybody was, in fact, your friend, even down to the bartender who knew you and swiftly served up the strong drinks swift with a smile. And in the days when a live DJ was reserved for larger clubs and discos, the right jam played on a well-stocked jukebox got the toes tapping along the bar, prompting spontaneous dance parties as everyone, most definitely, was feeling the groove well into the night.
Band On The Run
“Looking good while having a good time” could be the unofficial motto for Glashütte Original’s new Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date.
The Seventies Panorama Date line debuted in 2014 as a stylish two-hand timepiece that revived the chunkier, curved-rectangular, cushion-shaped case from the decade. Plus, it folded in some classic minimalist markers and indices as well as some eye-catching dial treatments that injected a little rock-and-roll-laser-light-show color into the mix.
Not to be outdone by its predecessors, this new 40mm x 40mm steel Seventies Panorama Date family member is a deft chronograph with a saturated deep blue dial.
What’s more, the new Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date makes full use of the beefy case dimensions and shape with a choice of four tapering straps. These options include a classic stainless steel bracelet, a technical rubber strap, a rich blue Louisiana Alligator strap, or the more casual light brown nubuck calfskin strap (pictured here along with a steel 42mm Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition limited edition timepiece with a flaming green dial).
Color My World
For a timepiece honoring the decade that also brought us the ever-popular Mood Ring, a discussion of the mesmerizing dial is more than appropriate.
The result of a painstaking galvanization process, the blue hue that graces the dial of the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date plays with light in a way reminiscent of enamel or fumé. But, like the laid-back decade itself, the execution is far less fussy than those horological approaches.
The dial real estate is large and rectangular, but the curve makes it open and understated. Simple, rhodium-plated, lumed hands, indices, and baton markers strike a mid-century minimalist note. Even the chronograph sub-dials are low-key and understated with a subtle 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, a small seconds indicator with a stealthily integrated power reserve gauge at 9 o’clock, and a unique arc-shaped 12-hour counter under 12 o’clock. Clearly, this isn’t your average multi-colored technical chrono for a race driver or pilot.
Although it’s rated for 10 bars (360 feet) of water resistance, it’s an exacting timepiece for someone who wants to know what the time is or how long something might be taking without disturbing the innately cool style and flow of the timepiece’s presentation.
The last feature on the dial is the large date window, a signature hallmark of Glashütte Panoramas of any stripe. It rides proud and legible at 6 o’clock.
A quick punch to the upper pusher and the central stop-second hand is sparked. But this chronograph function is also a flyback. You can, of course, operate the chronograph in the traditional manner, using both pushers, but, once started, an additional tap to the upper pusher quickly resets the central seconds back to zero and continues counting until you stop it with the lower pusher.
That’s because faithful and appealing retro-styling aside, the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date sports a modern manufacture Calibre 37-02 movement that delivers superb accuracy, additional chronograph function, and 70 hours of power reserve.
You can also get a very nice look at the finely finished movement through the sapphire crystal case back. Once you stop dancing the night away, that is.
One last thing. According to the brand:
“Once again, the world is on the move, just as it was in the 1970s. Social conventions are being challenged and calls for change are growing louder–for self-realization, flexibility and a return to nature, for greater enjoyment and joie de vivre.”
Pricing & Availability
The new Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date watch is now available at Glashütte Original retailers worldwide. The versions with the alligator, rubber, and calfskin straps (featured here) list for $13,400. Meanwhile, the metal bracelet versions go for $14,600. The green dial limited edition Glashütte Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition also pictured here lists for $8,300.