Planned opening of the Glashütte Watchmaking Museum in May 2008

Prevista a maggio 2008 l'apertura del Museo di Orologeria di Glashütte

The president of Glashütte OriginalFrank Müller (phonetically homonymous with the famous Swiss watchmaker), came specially to Rome to tell us the news. The German watchmaker, part of the Swatch Group, is in fact the only private partner of the municipality of Glashütte for the creation of the town's first watchmaking museum.

The museum will be dedicated to the history of German watchmaking, which is closely linked to the area of Glashütte, a small town close to Dresden. The design of the museum has been entrusted to the same Brückner Architecture Studio in Stuttgart that is working on the new BMW Museum in Munich (ready in 2010).

In the meantime, let us recall that Glashütte Original has over the past year churned out novelties such as those in the photo (Senator Sixties and Senator Rattrapante), while retaining its predilection for manufacture movements (the company presented three new calibres last year and is preparing to do likewise in 2008). In our opinion, what was seen (and rightly so) as a brand that was 'too' German, with its massive, unelegant lines, is finally coming out of its shell and preparing to fight on equal terms in the field of quality watchmaking.

Pictured: the Senator Sixties, the Senator Rattrapante and the hand-wound Calibre 99 that powers the latter (the company's first split-seconds chronograph).