Glashütte Original’s Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date: She Comes in More Colors
The show-stopping dial of Glashütte Original’s evocative chronograph inspired by the “Me” Decade takes on even more groovy gravitas in “Vibing Orange” and “Disco Blue.” Have a nice day.
You can certainly count me among the many fans of the retro-inspired, cushion-shaped Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date from Glashütte Original. And, especially, I’m a fan of the fine dial work we’ve seen lately, like the deep, rich blue resulting from an exacting galvanization process that presents an appropriately laid-back fume-like effect.
Then, more recently, there was the “Fab Green” dial version which makes strong chromatic use of the vast rounded-corner dial real estate.
So, with these two models already under its belt, how could the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date possibly get any better?
Two words: More colors!
Indeed, this dial takes to color like a fish to water. But interestingly, it does not employ your traditional bi-compax chronograph approach.
Instead, its unique 12-hour counter rides at 12 o’clock to balance the 30-minute tallier at 3 o’clock and the subsidiary seconds sub-dial (with a marvelously integrated power reserve) at 9 o’clock. And, of course, the Panorama Date-signature of a large legible date aperture at 6 o’clock takes up some room, too.
But, while a dial with all that going on might tend to run out of acreage pretty fast, the model’s subtle and period-appropriate hands and indices combined with its rounded-square, 40mm-by-40mm case design gives plenty of space for color to roam on your wrist. The previous green and blue hue executions are not only prominent, they are also fairly elegant.
Let It Ride
Pivoting to a more saturated color palette with a clean matte lacquer finishing, these two new executions flip the record on previously more formal dial color work to a fun, vibrant B-side alternative. And, man, the two new colors sing like Donna Summer.
The deep blue and “Fab Green” Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date timepieces came on a variety of strap and bracelet options. So, in another nod to a more-casual approach, these new color executions cut onto the dance floor on a classic multi-polished steel bracelet or matte, etched, multi-layered black rubber strap.
Just picture yourself shimmying to the beat at an outdoor party next to a brilliant blue swimming pool with a tall Tequila Sunrise in your hand, and you’ll begin to get the feeling.
The Song Remains the Same
Apart from the new dial colors, the format and specs of the latest Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date models deliver the same precision flyback chronograph function as the rest of the line. Including the automatic Calibre 37-02 movement with silicon balance spring, stop-seconds function, and superb movement finishings visible through the caseback.
Finally, like its siblings, it has 10 bars of water resistance, Dauphine-style hands enhanced (like the indices) with Super-LumiNova, a screw-down crown with guards, and tapered chronograph pushers.
However, like a spectacular moment on a lit-up dance floor or the uncanny positivity of the decade they commemorate, these limited-edition timepieces won’t last forever.