Glashutte Original Unveils Two New Chronographs in Wild Colors

Since coming on board at Worn & Wound, I’ve realized that one of the unofficial mantras around here is “Don’t Be Afraid of Color.” Black dials and all manner of earth tones are, of course, completely fine. But you don’t have to look much further than our recent limited edition with Zodiac to realize that the sensibility here steers toward something a little more adventurous. It’s been a foundational belief in my own collecting for years (ask me how many green dialed watches I owned before the year that everything turned to the color of money), and I always enjoy seeing brands take classic designs and doing something a little unexpected in the color palette. That brings us to the latest releases from Glashutte Original, a pair of limited edition versions of the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date. One is in a deep teal, and the other, the real shocker, is in bright yellow. 


The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is a funky chronograph from a brand that mostly sticks to fairly traditional design. The squared off case shape and integrated bracelet make it clear as to how this slots into GO’s Seventies line, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the brand uses this watch as a platform for some less traditional color combinations. The seventies, after all, were a time when watch designers were much more liberal with colored dials, and only recently have we seen large brands steer away from traditionally sober dial choices.

Further, this chrono has a somewhat unusual layout that sets it apart even more from its contemporary competitors. The big date at the bottom of the dial is a Glashutte Original signature (and a signature of German watchmaking more broadly), and the aperture below twelve is the chronograph hour totalizer. The sub registers at 3:00 and 9:00 indicate running seconds and chronograph minutes, respectively. At a high level, making the hour totalizer digital is a small change, but it has a large impact on the final product, and along with the case shape and rather in-your-face date display, it gives the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date a certain flair. 

That flair is exacerbated significantly in these two limited editions (only 100 of each color will be made), but if you’re going for this particular chronograph over others in the same price range (retail pricing is set at $14,300 on a bracelet, so this is staring straight at watches like the Daytona) it makes sense that you’d want something a little louder. Everything about this watch, from the case design, to the chronograph layout, to the dial, is running a little against the grain. For more information, check out Glashutte Original right here.

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.