170 years ago the first master watchmakers settled in Glashütte/Saxony. Over the years, respect for tradition, infinite patience, and incomparable watchmaking expertise have enabled the town’s noted watchmakers to achieve unparalleled success. There is no better expression of these time-honoured values than the Glashütte Original manufactory. The term refers to watchmaking firms that design and manufacture their own movements, and Glashütte Original’s ability to do so places it squarely among the elite of the world’s mechanical watchmakers.
The making of a high-end mechanical watch from Glashütte Original begins with a collective brainstorming session. Initial ideas are worked up in the product planning and design department and elaborated using computer-assisted design software. Even a relatively uncomplicated mechanical movement has hundreds of individual components, and Glashütte Original’s watchmakers make use of a broad range of advanced tools and production technologies to make them.
Even the simplest of Glashütte Original movements requires several hours to assemble. More elaborate movements with the most intricate and intriguing of complications – the Senator Chronometer Regulator or the Senator Tourbillon, for example – demand the dedicated attention of a master watchmaker for up to twenty working days.
Following assembly, all Glashütte Original watches are thoroughly examined and tested to ensure they meet the most exact standards for rate precision, water resistance, shock resistance, and numerous other properties. Only at the end of this rigorous process may a watch from Glashütte Original be considered complete.
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