Palms-on – Glashütte Authentic PanoMaticCounter XL

German watch producer Glashütte Authentic has at all times achieved issues its personal method. Its watches are characterised by traditional designs that invariably incorporate a unusual trendy twist or two, interesting to connoisseurs and iconoclasts alike. Simply have a look at the PanoGraph in case you’re undecided what I imply. For no matter purpose, nonetheless, Glashütte Authentic doesn’t at all times entice the identical stage of media consideration as a few of its friends, which suggests there are very often hidden gems to find. One such mannequin is the PanoMaticCounter XL, which we’re taking a better have a look at at present.

For a few of you, the PanoMaticCounter XL might be already fairly acquainted. That’s as a result of it isn’t a brand new watch. In reality, it made its debut in the marketplace again in 2010. It’s nonetheless included within the present Glashütte Authentic Pano assortment, nonetheless, and with good purpose. Not solely is it fairly engaging aesthetically, however the PanoMaticCounter XL can also be very fascinating technically. Outfitted with a flyback chronograph, it additionally boasts an uncommon counter complication. All powered by a manufacture motion, in fact. Extra on all that sooner or later. First, let’s take a better have a look at the design.


The very first thing to notice concerning the PanoMaticCounter XL is that it is available in a metal case. In some methods, that is uncommon for a watch of this stage of complexity and class. Usually you’ll anticipate a valuable metallic, most probably yellow or white gold. The selection to make use of metal right here, subsequently, is a deliberate one. It displays the considerably sporty nature of this timepiece and suggests it was designed to be worn, its issues meant to see common use.

It additionally displays the market sentiment on the time this mannequin was launched. In 2010 world markets have been nonetheless reeling from the impacts of the sub-prime mortgage disaster within the US and conspicuous consumption was in critical decline. There was nonetheless a requirement for classy watches however of a decidedly extra understated nature.

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Whether or not the 44mm x 16mm dimensions of the PanoMaticCounter XL might be outlined as understated is one other matter. Regardless of its hefty proportions, nonetheless, the watch is surprisingly snug on the wrist because of the brief, curved lugs. The whole case, together with lugs, crown and pushers, exhibits a cultured end and I notably like the skinny stepped bezel which frames the dial properly. There’s a sure class to the case which gives an fascinating distinction to the considerably sporty dial. As you possibly can see there are 5 pushers in whole, three on the left and two on the proper (flanking both facet of the crown). We’ll get to what every of them does sooner or later.


The dial structure of the PanoMaticCounter XL is kind of distinctive. I wouldn’t say it’s probably the most legible watch I’ve seen nevertheless it does handle to current fairly a bit of data in a method that’s considerably intuitive. Plus, it has a really modern really feel to it. On the base is a galvanized black dial with twin apertures at three and 9 o’clock respectively.

The time (hours and minutes) is displayed on an off-centre sub-dial simply above 6 o’clock by white gold arms, which level to utilized white gold numerals and hour markers. Instantly above, and actually overlapping the time dial between 10 and a pair of o’clock, is the chronograph cease seconds, proven by itself devoted chapter ring. It’s raised barely above the remainder of the dial, introducing an added sense of depth to the show. A further two sub-dials at 10 and a pair of (on the primary dial) present working seconds and elapsed chronograph minutes respectively.

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In the event you look carefully, you’ll discover that the zero factors on these two sub-dials have been rotated 60° in a bid to enhance legibility. The stop-seconds scale, subsidiary seconds and 30-minute counters all characteristic white numerals and indexes in opposition to a black backdrop for optimum distinction.

Finishing this distinctive dial structure are the aforementioned apertures at three and 9 o’clock. The one at three o’clock home Glashütte Authentic’s acquainted Panorama date show, with white numerals proven on a black background. The one at 9 o’clock, nonetheless, is a bit more uncommon and explains how the PanoMaticCounter XL received its identify. That is the show for the counter complication, which lets you do precisely what it seems like. Rely issues.

Utilizing the pusher at 9 o’clock, you possibly can rely all the way in which as much as 99 after which use the pusher at 10 o’clock to immediately reset again to zero. Or alternatively, you need to use the pusher at eight o’clock to rely again down 1 digit at a time. What you select to rely is totally as much as you. The variety of instances your companion rolls their eyes whenever you begin speaking about watches. Or maybe the variety of instances you see the very same image of the very same watch on its launch day (on this case, counting to 99 might not be ample.) Admittedly it’s not probably the most sensible of issues however it is rather novel, and as we’ll see in a minute, much more complicated than it appears.


Glashütte Authentic is a really built-in watch producer and has been producing top quality, in-house actions for a while now. The Caliber 96-01 – new on the time of PanoMaticCounter XL’s launch – is a implausible instance of this. Its structure relies on the award-winning Caliber 95 and includes a column-wheel chronograph with flyback operate. It additionally boasts GO’s patented bilateral winding mechanism, which makes use of step gears to transmit power rapidly and effectively to the motion and adapts to the exercise ranges of the wearer.

In whole, the motion is comprised of 584 individually-crafted elements, 217 of that are required for the counter complication module alone. The weird complication was designed by Glashütte Authentic’s in-house growth staff and all its elements are precision-crafted within the Glashütte Authentic manufacture.

Beating at 28,000vph, Caliber 96-01 gives an approximate energy reserve of 42 hours. As with most Glashütte Authentic watches, it’s superbly completed, together with the three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing, bevelled edges and blued screws, a hand-engraved steadiness cock and a swan-neck fantastic adjustment with a finely threaded spindle. All of which is on show by way of the sapphire crystal case again.

Worn on a black Louisiana alligator leather-based strap, the PanoMaticCounter XL is one thing of a hybrid between a sports activities watch and a costume watch. An impressively complicated watch, the metal case helps hold it surprisingly accessible from a worth standpoint at EUR 21,200. For extra data:

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