With Tutima’s return to Glashutte, came a full line of new products. As a matter of fact, the entire brand has completely changed, but its line up still kept to its traditional design elements. With totally new movements and designs, Tutima had some of the most exciting introductions at Basel World 2013.
The closest in look to the previous line up (the Grand Classic) is the Tutima Grand Flieger Classic. In the standard 3 hand auto variation, Tutima uses their new caliber 330. You will notice that all of the new Tutima movements are coated in an antique gray, giving a unique vintage look. The case remained 43mm as in the Grand Classic, but some great modifications have been made internally.
Also a part of the Grand Flieger collection is their new Classic Chronograph (which also is very reminiscent of the Grand Classic). A new movement also graces the new model. The Tutima Caliber 321 is a newly developed movement inspired by Lemania 5100 (which was utilized in their previous NATO models). The in-house developed chronograph module has centralized seconds and minutes for the stop watch, with display for the hours counter at 6 o’clock, continuous seconds at 9 o’clock, and a 24 hour counter at 12 o’clock. Of course, there is centralized actual hours and minutes as well as a date display.
There was also a new design in the Grand Flieger that was introduced. The Airport Chronograph and Automatic use indexes as opposed to the arabic numerals, and has a smooth black coated 60 min bezel vs the traditional coin edge.
Replacing the NATO Chronographs are the new M2 series. The M2 will come in 2 styles, the Chronograph, and the Pioneer (which is also a chronograph, but has a slip proof rotating 60 min bezel). The titanium case and bracelet are in a pearl blasted finish and the rubberized chronograph pushers are recessed into the case, which takes from the previous NATO models. These new models, however, will be substantially larger at 46mm wide and over 15mm thick, but look incredible. The movement utilized in these models is the same Tutima Caliber 321, and is surrounded within the case by soft iron and mu-metals to provide strong magnetic resistance.
The Saxon One is one of the most uniquely designed series in the new Tutima line up. With a variation in both the Tutima Caliber 330 (3 hand) and 321 (chronograph), the 44mm case design wears fairly large, but is still incredibly comfortable. The way the case is designed, which is almost square, really has an appealing and distinct design that sets itself apart. The sleek styling of the chronograph pushers are another major contributing factor to its comfort.
Deriving its case design from last years incredible introduction, the Hommage Glashutte Minute Repeater, the new Patria series has a 43mm 18kt rose gold case housing a newly developed in-house movement. The manually wound Tutima Caliber 619 is designed, developed and manufactured in house, has 20 jewels, a 65hr power reserve, has a gold 14 screw weighted balance wheel and a rate of 21,600 bph. The movement is plated in 18kt gold and incredibly decorated with ribbing and beveling. The model pictured is the dual time variation. There is also a model available with just a sub seconds display (Model 6600-01) that has the Caliber 617.
One of my favorites is Glashutte’s first minute repeater, the Hommage. This masterpiece of a movement was completely designed and developed in-house, consists of over 550 parts (all of which are polished by hand) and utilize two gongs along with two striking hammers to bring forth the perfectly toned minute repeater. Both the 18k rose gold and the platinum skeleton are incredibly impressive pieces, to say the least.
Look for the new Tutima’s to start hitting AZFT in September.
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