This is not a new release but it is a very unique piece by the German horology brand. Glashütte is known for classic designs and capable of elaborate complications seen on other high-end luxury watches. But, they also like to introduce their own novel and subtle original concepts. Here we have a very aesthetically pleasing timepiece packed with an unusual feature, let’s look at the “Glashütte PanoMaticCounter XL”.
Glashütte originally released this timepiece back in 2010, so it’s not a new watch, but it does continue to be part of their current “Glashütte Original Pano” collection. This model line has always featured very interesting options, just like the impressive “PanoMaticLunar” (Ref#: 1-90-02-46-32-35) or the “PanoReserve” (Ref#: 1-90-02-46-32-35). We reviewed both of these timepieces back in 2016 and you can read more about them here.
The 44mm case is made of stainless-steel with a transparent exhibition screw on case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
Mounted to the case is a thin stepped bezel and it comes equipped with a setting-crown that features a double G-logo. There are also a total of five pushers on this watch: three on the left-side and two on the right-side of the case.
The right-side pushers operate the chronograph functions, while the right side pushers control the unique aforementioned “counter” located at the 9 o’clock position (watch the video below to get a better understanding of how this complication functions). All topped by a sapphire crystal that also assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Video courtesy of: Glashütte
Time is exhibited on a galvanized black fine matt dial with two offset dials. The lower-half indicates the current hour and minutes; with white hour index markers, followed by smaller minute markers and the Arabic numerals 3, 6, 9 and 12. While the upper-half that actually overlaps the lower-dial at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions, is the chronograph stop-seconds.
It uses a slightly raised ring with index markers and double digit numerals for every five-minute increment to show the running seconds and elapsed chronograph minutes. This risen ring manages to attribute the dial display with a sense of depth, which provides a uniquely pleasing effect.
As we take a closer look it becomes noticeable that these two sub-dials have been rotated 60° degrees to improve legibility. A subtle yet pertinent decision that clearly enhances our ability to gaze at and interpret its timely information. It also has large twin apertures at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions.
The aperture at 3 o’clock is the classic Glashütte panorama date display. While the aperture window at the 9 o’clock is quite more unusual and where this model derived its name “PanoMaticCounter” from. Since this display is for the “counter” complication, which allows to “count things”. So, as you activate the 9 o’clock pusher it will begin to count all the way to 99 and then if you press the 10 o’clock pusher it will instantly reset back to zero.
While alternatively the 8 o’clock pusher can count back down one digit at a time. Now the question that comes to mind is “What and when would I possibly use this to count? We’re not sure, but it could be anything. It does seem like a rather trivial and unnecessary complication, but that is its most direct utility, as seen on the aforementioned video posted above.
Glashütte PanoMaticCounter XL
This “Glashütte PanoMaticCounter XL” (Ref#: 1-96-01-02-02-01) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber 96-01 with 72 jewels, 584 components and 28,800 Vph. It also comes equipped with a skeletonized rotor with stripe finish, double-G logo and 21k gold oscillation weight. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a black Louisiana alligator leather strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel folding buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Glashütte website here.
MSRP: $25,100.00 USD
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