11 November 2014
The inspiration is explicit, right from the name: the TV-screen form harks back to the 1970s—the most creative period in the history of watchmaking, at least from the viewpoint of design. Beautiful the ergonomic and compact case. Beautiful the polished/satin finish of the steel. But the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date, Glashütte Original’s new chronograph, conceals an extremely modern mechanism behind a vintage aesthetic: the 37-02 Caliber, constructed “in house” by the watch factory in Saxony. An automatic movement of integrated build (i.e. planned as a chronograph from the design phase), equipped with a column wheel (the most sophisticated device for the control of chronograph functions), 70 hours of power reserve and a flyback mechanism (able to reset the timing to zero and start it again immediately with a single push of the button at 4 o’clock). The innovation lies in the unprecedented display of the hour counter, which shows Arabic numerals in a window symmetrically opposite the usual panorama date display, while the 30-minute counter and the seconds dial are located in the traditional positions, with the power reserve indicator incorporated in the latter. Three different versions of the dial: galvanized silver, blue or galvanized ruthenium. The choice of strap is equally wide: in alligator skin or rubber, or alternatively a steel bracelet of remarkable construction.