Glashütte Original PanoGraph – Redefining the Flyback Chronograph, the Saxon Way

By rolex
May 29, 2021
7 min read

With its unbalanced dials and huge date windows, the Pano Collection has become a reference point of Glashütte Original’s strong Saxon personality – the PanoMaticLunar and the PanoReserve are the most popular instances of this completely Saxon feeling of plan and mechanics. First delivered in 2002, the PanoGraph stood apart from the group with its novel chronograph aggregator that shed the conventional design of sub-counters and demonstrated that not all chronographs must be no-nonsense games competitors. A victory of feel and mechanics, we return to the PanoGraph today and find how a notable Pano can accept a complication without forfeiting a bit of style. 

Origins

When Glashütte Original was obtained by the Swatch Group in 2000, it expected to make a persuading statement of purpose. Quick behind A. Lange & Söhne’s in-house flyback chronograph – the Datograph (just returned to in this Lumen adaptation) – Glashütte Original wowed the stage with its PanoRetroGraph, a profoundly complex flyback chronograph complete with a 30-minute retrograde commencement counter outfitted with a ring. Created in a limited edition of 50 platinum watches, the PanoRetroGraph highlighted an extraordinary 30-minute register for the chronograph capacities and the topsy-turvy dial design with enormous twofold date window that would become the trademark highlights of the Pano family.

It was strong, striking and novel and was in the end restrained by eliminating the retrograde and ringing capacities to become the PanoGraph, gave in a treated steel adaptation delivered in 2002 and retailing for a competitive USD 15K. In 2012, the PanoGraph was improved, losing the thick bezel, the thick section rings on the time and sub-seconds dial and the fairly incongruent specks on the moment aggregator. Expanded in size from 39mm to 40mm, the bezel was returned to in a more slender, more tasteful style and the components on the dial tidied up at the same time holding the great mechanics of type 61. In that, it followed a similar plan development as the remainder of the Pano assortment, becoming more exquisite overall.

The less common direction by

Chronographs will in general component occupied dials with auxiliary counters – regularly featured in differentiating colors – which can diminish by and large neatness. The design of the sub-counters may contrast, yet not many chronographs have figured out how to shed the arrangement of the sub-dial register – 2 or 3 of them uusually. In 2017, Fabergé astonished the watch world with its awesome Visionnaire Chronograph , a progressive development conjured up by ace watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and created with his group at Agenhor. Wiederrecht’s amazingly refined chronograph type for the Visionnaire brought about a hyper-instinctive concentrated showcase for the slipped by seconds, hours and minutes – a development later utilized in the Singer Reimagined Track 1 .

It is intriguing to perceive how Glashütte Original has handled the chrono question inside its Pano family. From one viewpoint, you have the strong 44mm  PanoMaticCounter XL , shuddering with sub-counters and pushers that corrupts the look and feel of the Pano assortment for a more present day, lively demeanor. Then again, you have the PanoGraph, a tasteful flyback that regards the trustworthiness of its starting points by giving a profoundly imaginative and exquisite answer for show passed times.

A dial of uncommon serenity

The in general impact of the PanoGraph dial is one of visual tranquility and equilibrium. Despite the fact that it is notably awry, we are guaranteed by the brand that the brilliant proportion was utilized to make the agreeable impact, and there does seem to be a legitimate spot for each and every component, with no impression of imperative or disarray. Set against a silver stirred matte foundation, the enormous helter-skelter hours and minutes counter, which is smoothly crossed by the running seconds, is set on the left while the famous Panoramic large date window (from which the assortment gets its name) holds its situation to the right.

The level of detail on the dial is excellent. Simply take a gander at the lovely two-ventured sloping on the date window and the finished snailing on the hours and seconds counters, or the full rose gold hour markers like scaled down ingots and the refined manner by which the minutes track crosses the running seconds counter – even idea I’m actually not a fanatic of the twofold G stabilizer on the chrono seconds hand.

On the PanoMaticLunar and the PanoReserve , the space saved for the complication (a moonphase or a force save pointer) is consistently on the correct side of the dial – accordingly keeping the equilibrium of the dial flawless. On the Glashütte Original PanoGraph, angling smoothly on the upper right portion is the innovative 30-minute chronograph aggregator. Composed of three separate tracks – 0 to 10, 10 to 20 and 20 to 30 – the angled window highlights three separate rose gold pointers with a red tip, of various lengths relying upon which track they demonstrate, which spring up to uncover the slipped by minutes. Watching the pointer jump out after the principal minute is such a joy that you may end up actuating the chrono just to perceive how the hands play out their firm definitive jumps.

Housed in a glimmering 40mm 18k red gold case with a tallness of 13.7mm, the case has a liberal presence and a delightful load on the wrist – something numerous individuals need when putting resources into a gold watch. In any case, the updated bezel implies that the case never upstages the tranquil vistas of the dial. The case completes are excellent and the bezel, drags, crown and pushers are cleaned while the underside of the hauls and casebands are glossy silk brushed.

As a flyback chronograph that allows you to stop, reset and start the chrono capacities with one catch – intended to record continuous occasions without forfeiting important seconds – the PanoGraph has pushers situated at 2 and 4 o’clock. The one thing that you should become accustomed to is the way that the pushers are switched and the terrifically significant flyback work is at 2 o’clock and the standard beginning stop at 4 o’clock.

Calibre 61-03

Turning over the watch gives another intriguing and completely unhindered display of Glashütte Original’s in-house manual-winding section wheel chronograph. A bounty of outstanding completions, hints of shading, and unpredictably layered engineering, the development is absolutely among the most pleasant you can discover available, particularly in that cost range.

Measuring 32.2mm with a stature of 7.2mm, the development shows trademark Glashütte ribbing on the scaffolds, perlage on the three-quarter plate, screw-mounted gold chatons, slanted edges, cleaned and silk completed steel parts, blued screws, the exemplary swan-neck fine change and trademark engraved equilibrium chicken. Moving past the lavish completions, the segment wheel chronograph is fitted with an exchanging wheel that works the different chrono capacities. Swaying at 28,800vph (4Hz), the development has a normal force hold of 42 hours. This development has a lot of subtleties and genuine profundity – one of those miniature city developments we love here, at MONOCHROME.

Thoughts

This is one of our #1 Glashütte Original Pano models and likely perhaps the most excellent watches in the brand’s portfolio. As you will review, the Pano has been deciphered in different pretenses, including the hyper-exquisite PanoReserve model, the fantastic PanoMatic Lunar and the more specialized PanoMatic Inverse , yet the PanoGraph takes the cake for its smart translation of the chronograph show that regards the rich manner of the Pano and takes a gander at home on the dial. What’s more, for that, bravo to Glashütte Original!

Price

Retailing for EUR 29,600, the PanoGraph isn’t what you would call an open watch, yet in the event that you are on the lookout for a strong gold in-house flyback chronograph that columns against the regular format, this may be the watch for you – also the magnificence of the hand-wound movement… Presented on dark or dim earthy colored gator lash, you can pick either a red gold pin clasp or a red gold collapsing catch. For more data, kindly visit www.glasshuette-original.com .