Glashütte Original add a new piece to their portfolio - the Glashütte Original PanoMatic Counter XL. The latest piece is powered by the new Calibre 96-01 automatic movement which is based on the acclaimed Glashütte Original Calibre 95 with its patented bilateral winding step gear system ensuring ultimate efficiency. The latest evolution of this calibre features a novel complication - a counter positioned at the 9 o’clock which enables the wearer to count up, count down or reset to zero using pushers at the 9, 8, and 10 o’clock positions respectively. The counter displays the same generous Arabic numerals as the traditional Panomatic date window (which appears at the 3 o’clock) although this time the numerals are red. With this complication alone requiring 217 individual components in its construction, the unusual counter function is a perfect example of the “we can therefore we shall…” ethos that makes the master watchmakers and in-house engineers at Glashütte Original stand apart from their contemporaries in terms of functionality and aesthetics.
The hours and minutes are displayed in the lower half of the dial with a “floating” chronograph stop-seconds at the upper half beneath which are the 30-minute counters and subsidiary seconds, their zero markers re-positioned so not to be obscured by the chronograph which overlaps them.
The high level of finish, the three-quarter plate, Duplex swan-neck fine adjustment, Glashütte ribbing and beveled edges are viewable through anti-glare sapphire crystal front and back and this perfectly legible and truly functional piece is presented on a black alligator leather strap.