Highlights from Glashütte Original’s novelties list this year. A completely new collection called the Spezialist with two new diver watches. And a new flying tourbillon from the Vintage Collection with some interesting features.
But first the divers. Called the SeaQ, the collection is kicked off with two series.
The first is a recreation of the original Spezimatic from 1969. Shown below is the vintage piece circa 1970.
Two models are introduced in this series. The first is a faithful reproduction of the original, limited to only 69 pieces. And the second is a more modern re-interpretation. Both are almost the same and have a case diameter of 39.5mm and a closed caseback. Both versions carry the same retail price of EUR 8500.
The limited edition SeaQ 1969 has SuperLuminova on the numerals in “old radium” and hands in green SuperLuminova. This edition is true to the original, but remanufactured to modern standards and materials. And a commensurate high level of finishing. Movement is the Kaliber 39-11 Automatic. Available in a fabric, rubber or ss bracelet.
The second series is the SeaQ Panoramadatum with panoramic date. Two colours are offered in blue and black. Also the three strap/bracelet options. Prices will start at EUR 11,000.
And the big piece for the year. The Senator Chronometer Tourbillon.
The interesting technical bit is the tourbillon is stop seconds and zero reset while simultaneously advancing the minute hand to the next minute.
The stop tourbillon is interesting. A clamping System is used to stop the cage at the lower ball bearing when the crown is pulled out in the second position. When the crown is pulled to the third position, the mechanism releases the clamp, and the cage is turned clockwise to rest in the zero position. This is a slow and deliberate motion damped by an additional set of wheels so it slowly comes to a stop preventing shock to the system.
There are numerous finishing details like a sapphire ring around the tourbillon marked in seconds. Price is €150,000, limited edition of 25 pieces.