Green With Envy: Glashütte Original’s New PanoMaticLunar With Forest Green Dial
The last time we heard from our friends Glashütte Original, we were planning a road trip. And while we selected the perfect timepiece for that journey, today's adventure takes us deep into the heart of Glashütte by taking a closer look at the new Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar With Forest Green Dial.
A Dial That Spans Germany
Glashütte Original has been defining German watchmaking traditions since 1845. The brand is renowned for producing nearly all components and watches in-house. To this day, 95% of each Glashütte Original timepiece is made at 1 Altenberger Street in Glashütte, Germany.
For this new PanoMaticLunar model, Glashütte Original travels over 500km to the northeast of their manufacture to a sleepy town called Pforzheim, home to the brand's in-house dial manufacture. Very few brands can attest to owning a dial-manufacture, but those that do can take creative liberty to go where few brands have gone before.
It's these hand-crafted dials that help to make the Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar With Forest Green Dial the talking piece that it is. The forest green gradient dials, which transitions from an intense dark green at the center only to fade to black as it expands to the edges, are inspired by the forests surrounding the Glashütte Original manufacture.
But just how does Glashütte Original go from a brass blank to one of the most vibrant dials of 2020? As the brand explained in the press release, each dial blank is sprayed with a galvanic nickel coating while the outer edges of the dial are sprayed with black lacquer. This first step begins that transformation of the dial and lends the remarkable gradient (degrade) effect. After the initial coating, the entire surface of the dial is coated with a transparent green lacquer. Because of the colorization process, no two PanoMaticLunar are the same.
Sized at just 40mm and 12.70mm in thickness, the PanoMaticLunar With Forest Green Dial has the luxurious proportions and refined elegance that collectors have come to expect from the brand. Designed with the Golden Ratio in mind, all aspects of the piece are well thought and executed in a way that only Glashütte Original can.
The alternating polished and satin-brushed surfaces of the stainless steel case act as a perfect home for the unique dial. The main dial with the hour and minute indicators is placed off-center to the rest of the execution. Below the main dial, set along a vertical axis on the left half of the dial, you'll find the small seconds indicator. A silver-colored moon phase is located near 2 o’clock while an oversized date window named ‘Panorama Date’ is well-placed at 4 o’clock.
Throughout the execution, Glashütte Original has opted to use white gold hands. The hour and minute hands are filled with Super-LumiNova. The contrast of this precious metal against the intense green dial is striking.
A Masterful Movement
Through the sapphire crystal caseback, you’ll see the watch is powered by Glashütte Original's in-house 90-02 automatic calibre movement. It is produced in a three-quarter plate design with a skeletonized off-center rotor. While one might call this a micro-rotor, its impressive size doesn't permit the term's use. The brand's double-G logo and the lower weight of the rotor are all produced from 21-carat gold. The significance of this logo is quite meaningful. One “G” faces backward, looking to the brand's past for inspiration, while the other faces forward, looking to the future for continued innovation.
The movement is masterfully finished with Geneva striping and beveled edges. The duplex-swan-neck regulator escapement is rich in detail with a hand-engraved balance bridge. Boasting a power reserve of 42 hours and beating at 28,800vph, this impressive movement is worthy of discovery.
Pricing And Availability
The PanoMaticLunar With Forest Green Dial is available in two versions. As pictured, you’ll see the ref. 1-90-02-13-32-02 with brown Louisiana alligator leather strap and buckle clasp. The watch is also available with a fully stainless steel bracelet with a foldable clasp (ref. 1-90-02-13-32-70).
The watches are available now from your nearest Glashütte Original retailer. The leather strap variant's retail price is $9,600, while the stainless steel bracelet version is $11,100.
(Photography by Watchonista)