With its lopsided dials and enormous 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 absolutely 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 format 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 famous Pano can accept a complication without forfeiting a bit of style.
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 form) – Glashütte Original wowed the stage with its PanoRetroGraph, an exceptionally complex flyback chronograph complete with a 30-minute retrograde commencement counter outfitted with a toll. Delivered in a limited edition of 50 platinum watches, the PanoRetroGraph included a special 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, intense and novel and was ultimately restrained by eliminating the retrograde and ringing capacities to become the PanoGraph, gave in a hardened steel rendition delivered in 2002 and retailing for an exceptionally competitive USD 15K. In 2012, the PanoGraph was improved, losing the thick bezel, the thick part rings on the time and sub-seconds dial and the fairly incongruent spots 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 amazing mechanics of type 61. In that, it followed a similar plan advancement as the remainder of the Pano assortment, becoming more rich overall.
The less common direction by
Chronographs will in general component occupied dials with auxiliary counters – regularly featured in differentiating colors – which can bring down by and large decipherability. The design of the sub-counters may vary, yet not very many chronographs have figured out how to shed the arrangement of the sub-dial register – 2 or 3 of them uusually. In 2017, Fabergé shocked the watch world with its spectacular Visionnaire Chronograph , a progressive development conjured up by ace watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and created with his group at Agenhor. Wiederrecht’s very modern chronograph type for the Visionnaire brought about a hyper-natural incorporated showcase for the passed seconds, hours and minutes – a development later utilized in the Singer Reimagined Track 1 .
It is fascinating to perceive how Glashütte Original has handled the chrono question inside its Pano family. From one perspective, you have the strong 44mm PanoMaticCounter XL , shuddering with sub-counters and pushers that defiles the look and feel of the Pano assortment for a more present day, energetic demeanor. Then again, you have the PanoGraph, a tasteful flyback that regards the trustworthiness of its inceptions by giving a profoundly inventive and exquisite answer for show slipped by times.
A dial of abnormal serenity
The generally speaking impact of the PanoGraph dial is one of visual serenity and equilibrium. Despite the fact that it is uniquely lopsided, we are guaranteed by the brand that the brilliant proportion was utilized to make the amicable impact, and there does seem to be a legitimate spot for each and every component, with no impression of limitation or disarray. Set against a silver aroused matte foundation, the huge topsy turvy hours and minutes counter, which is nimbly crossed by the running seconds, is put on the left while the notorious Panoramic enormous date window (from which the assortment gets its name) holds its situation to the right.
The level of detail on the dial is outstanding. Simply take a gander at the delightful 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 converges the running seconds counter – even idea I’m by and by not an enthusiast of the twofold G stabilizer on the chrono seconds hand.
On the PanoMaticLunar and the PanoReserve , the space held for the complication (a moonphase or a force hold marker) is consistently on the correct side of the dial – in this manner keeping the equilibrium of the dial flawless. On the Glashütte Original PanoGraph, angling effortlessly 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 show, which spring up to uncover the slipped by minutes. Watching the pointer jump out after the primary moment is such a delight that you may end up initiating 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 stature 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. Nonetheless, the overhauled bezel implies that the case never upstages the tranquil vistas of the dial. The case completes are extraordinary 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 acclimated to is the way that the pushers are switched and the exceptionally significant flyback work is at 2 o’clock and the standard beginning stop at 4 o’clock.
Turning over the watch gives another interesting and completely unhindered exhibition of Glashütte Original’s in-house manual-winding segment wheel chronograph. An abundance of extraordinary completions, bits of shading, and unpredictably layered engineering, the development is unquestionably 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 extensions, perlage on the three-quarter plate, screw-mounted gold chatons, sloped edges, cleaned and glossy silk completed steel parts, blued screws, the exemplary swan-neck fine change and trademark engraved equilibrium rooster. Moving past the extravagant completions, the section 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.
This is one of our number one Glashütte Original Pano models and likely perhaps the most delightful watches in the brand’s portfolio. As you will review, the Pano has been deciphered in different pretenses, including the hyper-rich PanoReserve model, the fantastic PanoMatic Lunar and the more specialized PanoMatic Inverse , yet the PanoGraph takes the cake for its keen understanding of the chronograph show that regards the exquisite aura of the Pano and takes a gander at home on the dial. What’s more, for that, bravo to Glashütte Original!
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 customary design, this may be the watch for you – also the excellence of the hand-wound movement… Presented on dark or dim earthy colored crocodile 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 .