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Glashütte Original Get Lost in the City with PanoInverse Limited Edition

Glashutte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition

When I think about Glashütte Original, I immediately think of Saxon refinement in the vein of the PanoMaticCalendar and retro designs like Seventies Chronograph. What I don’t think of is a (somewhat dystopian) cityscape rendered in immaculate detail across a precious metal watch. Yet that’s precisely what we have with the launch of the new Glashütte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition.

Glashutte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition
Glashutte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition

At first glance the PanoInverse Limited Edition appears like a normal enough skeletonised timepiece with its jewels and floating balance on display. The plate surrounding the off-centre dials and power reserve indicator appears to feature guilloché in a similar style to the Louis Erard Excellence Main, albeit with a more randomised pattern. But look closer at that pattern and you’ll see that it’s actually a sprawling landscape of buildings and skyscraper with canyons between them.

Glashutte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition

The detail and precision with which the city has been realised is mind boggling. Turn the watch over and you’ll see that the cityscape spreads across the back of the piece too and if anything it’s even more spectacular than the front as it isn’t interrupted by any timekeeping elements. You can see the usual information that you’d find on a caseback integrated into the image as billboards and signs on the side of buildings.

Take an even closer look and you can actually see tiny people populating the scene – a pair of window cleaners in the lower right, a graffiti artist painting the Glashütte Original logo in the upper left and a voyeur with binoculars staring straight at us in the upper right.

Glashutte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition
Glashutte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition

It’s perhaps unsurprising that such precision has been achieved through laser engraving. No sane person would have been able to manage it. You’ll want to stare at it for hours and the Calibre 66-12 can accommodate with its power reserve of 41-hours. And with its power reserve indicator you’ll know when you need to wind it again, since it’s a manual movement.

Glashutte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition

In a slight oversight I’ve been so lost in that lasered cityscape that I’ve totally neglected to talk about the case. It has a 42mm diameter and it’s made from platinum, one of the most prestigious precious metals in all watchmaking. It’s also at this point that I should mention that this isn’t the first PanoInverse Glashütte Original have produced, having explored the concept before in steel. However, that model is a conventional skeleton watch with classic Glashütte stripe finishing, not an incredible panoramic city.

Glashutte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition

On top of being made from platinum and presented on a Louisiana alligator strap, the new watch is limited to just 50 pieces, making its exclusivity guaranteed. It also contributes to it being £44,100. For a watch as exquisitely detailed as this though, that seems worth it.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Glashütte Original PanoInverse Limited Edition
  • Ref: 1-66-12-01-03-62
  • Case/dial: 42mm diameter, platinum case, anthracite dial
  • Movement: Glashutte Original calibre 66-12, manual winding
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 41h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve
  • Strap: Grey alligator leather
  • Price/availability: £44,100, limited edition of 50 pieces

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.