Glashütte Original recently previewed some updates to their PanoMaticLunar and PanoReserve models. There are four new models in total. Two PanoMaticLunar versions, one in red gold with a matte black dial, and that other in polished/satin brushed stainless steel with a a dark blue dial. The PanoReserve also has two new references, with the exact same dial/case combinations.

The PanoMaticLunar case measures 40 mm by 12.7 mm and is powered by the in-house automatic winding caliber 90-02 that runs at 4Hz, has 47 jewels, a free sprung balance and a 42-hour power reserve. Features: hours and minutes (off-center), small second (off-center), second stop, Panorama Date, moon phase display; exquisitely finished movement, bevelled/polished edges, polished and brushed steel parts, blued screws, hand engraved balance bridge, Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish, duplex swan-neck fine adjustment, off-centre skeletonized rotor with 21-carat gold oscillation weight.

The PanoReserve measures 40 mm by 11.7 mm and is powered by the manually wound in-house caliber 65-01 and runs at 4Hz, has 48 jewels (four of them in screwed and one in pressed gold chatons), a free sprung balance and a 42-hour power reserve. Features: hours and minutes (off-center), small second (off-center), Panorama Date, power reserve display (retrograde), second stop; exquisitely finished movement, beveled/polished edges, polished and brushed steel parts, blued screws, screwed gold chatons, hand engraved balance bridge and second cock, Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish, duplex swan- neck fine adjustment.

The notable upgrades here are the new dials that are made in Glashütte Original’s own dial factory in Pforzheim, Germany.

According to Glashütte Original, “up to 40 separate operations, performed by true masters of their craft, are required to produce the refined and carefully finished dials. The application of the graphic elements alone requires four (PanoMaticLunar) or six (PanoReserve) separate steps. The dial manufactory team’s extensive experience allowed them to develop the perfectly tuned colours – intense blue and mysterious black – that give the new models their radiant glow.

To achieve the desired hue it is necessary to exercise precise control over the entire galvanic colouring process, ensuring for example that the tension is at the correct level, that the dial is submerged in the bath for precisely the right length of time, and that the correct distance is maintained between the elements in the bath.

As is the case with the production of individual components of the manufactory’s own movements, the dials too must be produced within specified parameters. Strict standards apply for the dials, above all with regard to the grain, pressure and duration, in order to prevent changes in the colour.”

The new Pano models in red gold are offered with a choice of either a matte black Louisiana Alligator leather strap or a Louisiana Alligator nubuck leather strap, while the stainless steel versions can be worn with a dark blue calf’s leather or Louisiana Alligator nubuck leather strap.

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