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WorldTempus got the chance to try out the PanoMaticInverse

In 2008, Glashütte Original launched the PanoInverse XL, the manufacture’s first timepiece to bring the back of the watch over to the dial side. Six years later, the Saxon watchmaker has applied its knowhow to the PanoMaticInverse, which WorldTempus had the opportunity to try out for a few days.

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Glashütte Original PanoMaticInverse © WorldTempus/Caitlyn Fish

From the shadows into the light

The watch is designed to have the back visible on the front, and the front on the back, which means all the components have been switched around. The result is that many new elements are now visible on the dial side, giving the watch a fresh aesthetic. The most obvious is unquestionably the double swan-neck precision regulator, whose delicately engraved balance bridges stand out against a backdrop of circular graining. The watch’s asymmetrical design (shared by the entire Pano series) is what makes this possible, by freeing up the necessary space. The new arrangement also brings to life hidden details that showcase the elegance of the PanoMaticInverse: the rhodium-plated three-quarter plate decorated with Glashütte stripes is punctuated by pops of colour from the blued screws and rubies. The calibre 91-02, an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve, powers a panoramic date display (a signature of Glashütte Original). The watch is water resistant to 50 metres. 

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Glashütte Original PanoMaticInverse © WorldTempus/Caitlyn Fish

And don’t worry – even though the watch is back-to-front, it still comes with a sapphire caseback!

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Glashütte Original PanoMaticInverse © WorldTempus/Caitlyn Fish

On the wrist

The watch in its 42mm stainless steel case is a feast for the eyes and a real talking point. The combination of colours, textures and levels draws the gaze and sparks conversations. The question I was asked most often, no doubt prompted by the meticulous, elegant finish, was: “That looks like an expensive watch. How much does it cost?” The model I wore, with a synthetic strap, is priced at CHF 12,500. I’ll let you decide whether that’s expensive or not. 

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Glashütte Original PanoMaticInverse © WorldTempus/Jordy Bellido

The distinctive “greige” strap feels comfortable on the wrist, and is a little more unusual than steel or gold. If you prefer something more traditional, the PanoMaticInverse is also available with a leather strap or steel bracelet.

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Glashütte Original PanoMaticInverse © WorldTempus/Caitlyn Fish

It’s an extremely versatile watch that’s at home in a variety of situations. The synthetic strap and steel case give it a sporty, practical look, making it ideal for daily wear. But the elegant dial makes it dressy, an ideal companion for the evening. In other words, the PanoMaticInverse can be worn from morning to night, and from night to morning. You never need to take it off!


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