Glashütte Original: German Excellence (Part 2)
In Part 1, Revolution trekked to Germany to find out what “Made in Germany” really meant. We were impressed with the German companies we visited and the German goods we experienced — Leica Cameras, Nesmuk Knives, Porsche automobiles and, of course, Glashütte Original watches.
In this feature, we take a look at some other paragons of quality and their uniquely German nature.
German Made — Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date
A prime example of “Made in Germany” excellence, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date uses the integrated chronograph movement Caliber 37, introduced first in 2014 and offering a 70-hour power reserve. The Senator Chronograph Panorama Date makes a clear, bold statement. The pure white dial contrasts with the details presented in deep black, making it extremely legible by day, while the black hour, minute and stop seconds hands, indexes and Roman numerals at hours six and 12 glow in the dark, making reading the time at night a snap.
This outstanding chronograph features the brand’s signature panorama date display at six o’clock, just above the Glashütte Original logo.
Like the other companies and products listed here, Glashütte Original is on the leading edge of German excellence.
Without question, Germany’s Sennheiser and Beyer own the professional headphones market, the former’s HD414 inventing the concept of lightweight models way back in 1968 — exactly 50 years ago. It remains the classic on-ear headphones, coming into its own again with the increase in popularity of music-on-the-go. Sennheiser’s excellence in the field is undisputed and recognized globally.
Also owed thanks by those who record music is Neumann, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Manufacturer of the legendary U47 microphone, also branded as a Telefunken product in certain territories, it defined the sound of the modern recording, with Frank Sinatra swearing by it. Its SM2 is believed to be the world’s first stereo microphone, sparing recordists the need to set up two individual mics.
What started as a counter-cultural experiment in 1970 (during a time in which German youth were trying to rediscover and re-imagine what it is to be German) later became one of the most influential groups of the 20th century, with an impact that can both be seen and heard today.
The synthesis of music and style to create a cohesive and well-packaged visual whole is nothing new and predated Kraftwerk. However, the way in which Kraftwerk put a public face to a genre that was in its infancy, a genre that had previously been lambasted by the music press for not being “real music” and treated as a novelty by the broader public is something awe-inspiring. Kraftwerk’s mix of classical compositions with an eye towards the future has inspired and influenced artists of every medium for decades, ensuring that the public faces of electronic music will always be that of Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos and Wolfgang Flür, the band’s four German founders.
Photography: Tomas Monka
Set Design: Anton Thorsson and Söderberg Agentur
Retouch: Sofia Cederström
Concept / Creative Direction: Jay Gullers