Originally unveiled in 2008, the PanoInverse from Glashutte Original has seen great success. As always, this timepiece reveals its duplex swan neck fine adjustment on the dial side. Glashutte achieves this by reversing the components which makeup the movement so that the case back can be seen from the front alongside the hands and apertures.
The Glashutte Original PanoMatic Inverse comes in only two versions – 18kt red gold and stainless steel. The watch is named the PanoMatic Inverse because this year it features an automatic movement, while previous incarnations of the piece all came with manual wound mechanical movements.
Sized to a perfect 42mm, this watch is fitted with either a dark brown alligator strap for the red gold edition or a black alligator strap for the stainless steel variation. Both models come with a folding clasp made from material complementing the case.
The 18kt red gold version has a dial, which features red gold applied indexes and the traditional Glashutte ribbing that the brand has become famous for. As in true Glashutte style, the dial responsible for the hours and minutes are offset and are connected to a small seconds subdial just below it. At the 2 position is a large date aperture, which Glashutte refers to as the ‘Panorama Date’.
However, it is the balance wheel and escapement, which are fitted with the duplex swan neck fine adjustment mechanism that receives a great deal of attention with its finely finished components. The dial also features blued steel screws and rubies, which make it look a lot like the main plate of a movement. The hands used are crafted from blued steel as well, and offer luminescence for nighttime readability.
The case back carries the spectacularly skeletonized oscillating weight equipped with a 21kt gold medallion in the form of Glashutte Original’s logo. Naturally, the movement also features Glashutte ribbing matching the dial. All this can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back. The water resistance on this model is 50 meters. This model is set to be released at Baselworld 2014, so prices aren’t officially out as of yet. However, one can expect somewhere in the vicinity of $15,000 for the steel and $28,000 for the 18kt red gold version.