More than 165 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 Glashütte Original manufactory brings the finest in watchmaking traditions together and combines them, under one roof, with the most advanced of contemporary materials and production technologies.
In-house design and manufacture of thousands of precision components ensure that each of our exquisite mechanical movements meets the highest possible standards of quality. Each is, after all, a work of art.
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.
Enormous added value accrues through painstaking aesthetic refinement of the components, which are delicately finished, lavishly engraved and galvanized before a master watchmaker assembles them, patiently and with great precision.
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 Diary or the PanoMaticCounter XL, 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 exacting 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.