The region of Glashutte is the home of German watchmaking and the brand that heroes the region’s name, Glashutte Original, is one of its most underrated.
Unlike their Swiss counterparts, the Germans are producing watches in far smaller quantities, and thus boutiques are scarce. It wasn’t until my trip to Dubai Mall did I see my first Glashutte Original store, and later in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Of course, they have retailers spotted around the world, including Australia, but the allocations are comparatively low, which means the watches are rare, and that appeals to me immensely.
Until today I hadn’t held a modern day Glashutte Original (I briefly owned a vintage model some years ago). To shut these movements up in a steel or gold case back would be an absolute sin, as the finishing is extraordinary, showcasing incredible hand engraved components and spinning gold rotors. The big date window is also a triumph – elegant and wonderfully proportioned to the rest of the dials.
Glashutte Original is just a year old in Australia, and today was the first media preview for their Baselworld Novelties in the country. I popped into Crusie Bar for a spot of lunch and a lot of watch chat, snapping a couple of photos of the new collection, and some existing favourites.
For more information on the collection head to the Glashutte Original website.