Normally when you think of fine mechanical watches, Switzerland is the first country that comes to mind. However, in a tiny town about 40 minutes outside Dresden, Germany, sits the cradle of German watchmaking – Glashutte. It is here that the celebrated German precision takes on a whole new meaning. Instead of excellent automotive engineering, or top-drawer information systems, Glashutte is home to Glashutte Original – the foundation of German watchmaking.
The brand’s history dates back to 1845 – and today, as then, Glashutte Original manufactures its timepieces by hand. In an increasingly mechanized society; in an automated world, the concept of something handmade can easily be lost or its meaning blurred. Not here. In fact, Glashutte Original is one of the very few companies – in Germany or Switzerland – able to create its own watchmaking tools and manufacture individual components in-house. Think about it – some watch movements contain more than 300 moving parts which to the naked eye may resemble breadcrumbs. Each of these is finely honed, crafted and hand-finished then, after extensive quality control, built into a movement that tracks time. In some cases, these microscopic components are even hand-engraved – making each one unique.
These components pass through many skilled hands before they arrive at the watchmaker who assembles them patiently, step by step, hour after hour until a timepiece is masterfully crafted. Then the testing begins: rate precision, water resistance; shock resistance and other properties. The movement is placed into an innovative case – whether a Senator model, a Panorama date model or even high complication pieces like a tourbillon.
Making, testing and designing fine timepieces by hand means that production must be limited. These rare and wonderful delights set the company – and the wearer apart.
Glashutte Original is not a typical watch. It is an expression of passion for engineering; a symbol of love for innovative design and an extraordinary illustration of personal expression.
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