Thursday, March 11, 2010
By inverting numerous elements of the manually wound movement, Glashutte Original has revealed the pulsating heart of the mechanism--the spectacular duplex swan-neck fine adjustment--and presented to connoisseurs of the finest timepieces an object of great mechanical and aesthetic interest.
The Glashutte Original PanoInverse XL watch is defined by its Caliber 66 movement, which is manufactured in Glashutte, Germany. The off-centered time display has been reduced to a system of black rings applied with gold figures; thanks to this design, the full structure of the underlying mechanism is revealed, which shimmers with fine Glashutte ribbing and gold chaton jewel settings secured by blued screws. Visually dominant amidst this opulent display is the hand-engraved duplex swan-neck bridge; the large balance wheel it bears swings to and fro 28,800 times each hour with its 18 weighted gold screws. The blued-steel hand of the power reserve indicator appears above, which moves across a semi-circular scale to show the level of mainspring tension.
Ultimately, the Caliber 66 was a demanding project for the engineers and watchmakers of Glashutte Original, who had to re-orient many of the components of the mechanism to realize these displays.
The Glashutte Original PanoInverse XL watch is presented in polished 18K white gold or 18K rose gold. The convex-shaped crystal is manufactured from sapphire. A fine hand-sewn alligator strap and an 18K gold buckle join the timepiece securely to the wrist.