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Glashütte Original

Glashütte Original is the rightful heir to Germany’s 170 years of legacy in the art of watchmaking. Glashütte Original is an authentic high-end manufactory that outfits all of its watches with in-house developed and made movements.


Glashütte is first and foremost the town at the centre of German watchmaking – from which the legendary manufacture takes its name.

In 1878 watchmaker Moritz Grössmann, under the impetus of Ferdinand Lange (of Lange & Söhne), founded a watchmaking school in Glashütte that was to become the cradle of future watchmaking generations.

With two world wars taking up most of the first half of the twentieth century, the local economy went into limbo. At the end of these conflicts, the town was taken over by communism, which did not favour the development of the manufacture. The latter did not return to prosperity until after the reunification of Germany in 1989.

The Glashütte Original brand officially came into being in 1994 with the privatisation of “VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe”, an organisation that had grouped together the town's independent watchmakers since 1951. The brand was bought out by the Swatch Group in 2000.

Two years later, Nicolas Hayek Sr, CEO of Glashütte Original, carried on the town of Glashütte's training tradition by setting up a watchmaking school there. The following year, Glashütte Original inaugurated its new manufacture

Glashütte Original's flagship models include the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon, the Senator Chronometer and the PanoMaticLunar. The brand is particularly known for its flying tourbillon visible on the dial side of the watch, which dates back to 1996 (and is developed from a design of Alfred Helwig that itself dates back to 1920), the Panorama Date from 1997 and the duplex swan's neck fine adjustment mechanism.

The first watchmaking manufacture is founded in Glashütte.
Merger of local manufactures and birth of Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB).
Glashütte Original founded.
Glashütte Original becomes a part of the Swatch Group.
Inauguration of the new manufacture.

Glashütte Original is the rightful heir to Germany’s 170 years of legacy in the art of watchmaking. Glashütte Original is an authentic high-end manufactory that outfits all of its watches with in-house developed and made movements.

Today Glashütte Original stands for modern, original and ingenious, high-quality timepieces that are the natural expression of Germany’s excellence in engineering and manufacturing.

Glashütte Original is about the pleasure of wearing an exclusive mechanism beautifully realised to the strictest quality standards and specifications.



As a tribute to the diversity of twentieth-century timepieces, Glashütte Original has created a collection bringing together the essential functions of watchmaking in four different case formats. In this collection, “Navigator” watches are a homage to the models originally designed for the needs of aviation pioneers, while the “Sixties” and “Seventies” lines are a modern reinterpretation of the creations from the decades that changed the world in terms of ideals, music, architecture and design.


The finely-jewelled Ladies collection offers two models with round cases and a simple aesthetic appearance, whose vocation is to offer both outer beauty thanks to their design – and inner beauty through the movement of their components.


The Senator Collection comprises Glashütte Original’s most elegant and classic wristwatches with complications such as the signature diary appointment calendar. The in-house calibre 100 powers most of the models in this collection, which are available in stainless-steel and 18-carat gold cases.


The Pano collection offers a contemporary vision of fine watchmaking with asymmetrical dials and designs inspired by technology.


Since the 19th century, timekeepers from Glashütte have been used in highly specific areas on land, at sea and in the air. Based on this rich heritage, Glashütte Original presents a further collection: the “Spezialist”. The premiere model in this new collection is the diver’s watch SeaQ, which unites history and modernity in exemplary fashion.


From ore mining to watch manufacture

In what was a spooky portent of things to come, the small town of Glashütte was chosen as the site for an experiment as the government specifically decided to set up a watch industry in this small town in the 19th century which, at that time, was dominated by the mining industry. After the second world war and the division of Germany, Glashütte came under East German rule and the independent watchmakers were grouped into a single unit. The Vereinigte Glashütte Uhrenbetriebe only regained independence in 1994, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when the company way privatised. Glashütte Original, as one of several independent manufacturers in the town, was subsequently acquired by the Swatch Group.

Luxury watches, German style

Most of the watch brands in Glashütte uphold the traditional art of "manufacture" watchmaking, which means using their own movements to tell the time in their watches. This is no mean feat given how small the town is and there is no common manufacturing facilities as there are in Switzerland for the Swatch Group or Richemont Group. The German companies also upheld some of their own traditions as far as luxury watches are concerned, keeping touches such as the Glashütte three-quarter plate and the swan's neck fine adjustment system.

A panorama of the collection

Another commonality among at least two of the German watch brands based in Glashütte is the use of a large date, in which a separate disc is used for each of the two digits for the date. In Glashütte Original's case this is called the "Panorama" date and it is used in all of the brand's gents watches. The brand's two main collections for men are the Senator and the Pano, which differ visually primarily through their dial. The former has a full dial with central hour and minute hands and subdials for complications, for example the chronograph. The latter has a dial with an off-centre design, in which the hour and minute hands are offset on a subdial, which is overlapped by a subsidiary seconds dial. The panorama date is displaced to 4 o'clock and allowed room to breath with surrounding space. The remaining area of the dial, around the 2 o'clock position, is reserved for displays for complications such as a moon phase or power reserve indication. As the more luxury models in the collection, these two lines come in a choice of cases in steel or gold. One of the more recent successes has been the Senator Cosmopolite in rose gold, which unlike many other dual time or world time watches can display the time in all 36 time zones around the world, including those that are offset from GMT by 15 or 30 minutes. The calibre 89-02 automatic movement powering this watch has gold inscriptions and a 21-carat gold off-set winding rotor.

Vintage inspiration

The company's Vintage collection is subdivided into two lines, each with a design inspired by a particular decade. The Sixties model has a classic round case in steel and highly stylised Arabic numerals and some unusually colourful dials. The Seventies has a TV-screen style case typical of the period and is also available with an integrated steel bracelet, which is unusual in the Glashütte Original collection. Both models have the panorama date, of course, and are also available as a chronograph. Both are powered by the company's own automatic mechanical movement.