Last week, Glashütte Original held a 4-day exhibition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to mark the launch of their most sophisticated timepiece to date, the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon.
Specially catered towards frequent fliers, the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon allows the wearer to track the time of day or night at home and on the road simultaneously, in any two of 37 world time zones.
The time zones are indicated by way of three-letter IATA codes (e.g. FRA for Frankfurt am Main, LAX for Los Angeles International) and are displayed in two small windows at 8 o’clock on the dial, one dedicated to Standard Time (STD), the other to Daylight Saving Time (DST). A Perpetual Calendar is geared to register changes in both directions, forwards and backwards in time. A gold-accented flying minute tourbillion – developed in 1920 by legendary watchmaker Alfred Helwig – is featured at 12 o’clock.
The exquisite set of displays are mounted on a silver-grained, 18-carat gold dial and housed within a 48mm platinum case.
Fitted with a black Louisiana alligator strap and foldover clasp in platinum, the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon is available in a limited edition of 25 pieces worldwide. After its debut in Hong Kong, it will go on to exhibit in Beijing, Japan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the United States and Dubai.
Other exquisite timepieces on display included – fresh from Basel World 2012 – the PanoGraph, PanoInverse XL, PanoMaticLunar below.