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September 24, 2012

New in the USA: The Glashütte Original Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Glashütte, Germany – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Glashütte Original’s proudest timepiece to date, the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon, is now available in the United States. The watch has a limited run of 25 pieces worldwide. The Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon allows the world traveler to track the time of day or night at home and on the road simultaneously, in any two of 37 world time zones, while accounting for Daylight Saving (DST) or Standard Time (STD). All destination time and date changes made by the wearer are displayed by a Perpetual Calendar geared to register changes in both directions, forwards and backwards in time.

The mechanism includes the Flying Minute Tourbillon, developed in 1920 by master watchmaker Alfred Helwig. Glashütte Original has applied for four separate patents to protect the technology. The Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon is designed for the world traveller who wishes to keep track of both the home time and the destination time while traveling. The home time remains an unchanging point of reference and is presented at 6 o’clock on a dedicated 24-hour dial with a day/night indicator. The destination time appears at the center of the main dial and tracks the local time at a given location away from home. The watch also changes from March 1st to February 29th or 28th, with no manual intervention required.

Framed by milled black Roman numerals and a railroad chapter ring, the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon features a silver-grained, 18 karat gold dial, black Louisiana alligator strap and fold-over clasp in platinum. The back of the 48mm platinum case frames an antireflective sapphire crystal, showing the Glashütte Original manufactory Calibre 89-01 with more than 500 components. The base plate features characteristic Glashütte ribbing, screw-mounted gold chatons, winding wheels and the 72-hour power reserve display. The case back is protected by a platinum hunter case fitted with a graphic presenting 37 time zones, each represented by a three-letter IATA airport code.

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