Baselworld Preview: Glashütte Original Pocket Watch No. 1

Glashütte Original Pocket Watch No. 1

At Baselworld 2010, Glashütte Original will present their rose gold Pocket Watch No. 1 with quarter hour repetition in a limited edition of 25 pieces. A historical watch by Julius Assmann, a famous pioneer of the Glashütte watchmaking industry, served as the model. The repeater first strikes the previous hours, and then in a higher tone, the number of quarter hours that have elapsed since the last full hour.

The repeater is operated by means of a slide located at 6 o’clock. Moving the slide toward 9 o’clock winds the mainspring. At full wind, the striking mechanism is activated automatically. The progress of the striking mechanism is regulated by a centrifugal governor visible on the wheel train side. The beating of the two hammers is made audible by means of two gongs of different lengths which pass around the piece beneath the wheel train.

The new hand-wound caliber 84-01 is designed so that at the moment of winding the crown, the balance wheel is halted and the eccentric second hand jumps to “zero”. A doubly non-reflecting sapphire display back provides an unobstructed view. With three-quarter plate, screwed gold chatons, hand-engraved balance cock and swan-neck fine adjustment, this piece is a high point of the art of Glashütte watchmaking.

Two polished rose gold lids protect the watch on both sides, with the name of the watch and the serial number artistically engraved by hand on the bottom of the rear lid. The watch is worn on a robust rose gold chain.

This special model will be available in April 2010 after being officially presented during Baselworld, March 18-25.

Glashütte Original Pocket Watch No. 1
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