Virtual Tour

  • The Manufactory

    Production site & world of experience

20/12/2016

The Glashütte Original manufactory in the heart of Glashütte is bright, open and modern. It is here that our timepieces are designed and, thanks to our exceptional production depth, made from components produced almost entirely in-house. We are pleased to invite you behind the scenes for a closer look at how we make watches.

The modern, generously laid out manufactory building houses both a 10,000 square meter production site and a fascinating world of experience at the same time. With its clean lines and transparent materials the functional architecture mirrors the high standards implicit in the statement "Made in Germany". The various ateliers, workshops and departments responsible for production and final assembly are situated on four floors and linked by corridors.

Glashütte Original upholds a tradition in which hand-crafted perfection and select materials are combined with state-of-the-art production technologies. As an independent developer and watchmaker with exceptional depth of production we have good reason to be known as a "manufactory". It is a far-reaching term: In the process of making watches here, a great many decisive steps are still performed by hand, "per manum". Thus the secret of our refined timepieces lies in the diligent and dextrous fingers of the watchmakers, who make of each model a true original.

Fascinating insights

Every year Glashütte Original welcomes thousands of visitors to the airy atrium with its impressive 23-meter high ceiling. An exciting and wide-ranging "learning path" offers fascinating insights into the various work areas and ateliers. Informative screen presentations, carefully curated display windows as well as expert guides provide insight into even the most minor details. An authentic experience and an unhindered view into the heart of the contemporary art of watchmaking.

  • A transparent manufactory

    The atrium, flooded with light, receives visitors to the manufactory in a bright, friendly atmosphere. Guests of Glashütte Original can dive into an experience that leaves a lasting impression of the attentiveness, artful dexterity and love lavished on each and every watch.

  • From the idea to the making of a watch

    Individual steps in the production process are illustrated across four floors – in a transparent, informative and entertaining manner. The learning path follows the sequence of production processes fairly closely, and begins with product planning and engineering design – thus accompanying the creation of a Glashütte Original from idea to realisation.

  • Prototypes and tools

    The manufactory produces individual components, but also makes many of its tools itself. Here, as elsewhere, the priority lies in maximum precision and the use of state-of-the-art technologies. Among the latter are such complex procedures as spark erosion, which enables precision cutting to a tolerance of 5 thousandths of a millimetre.

  • Decorated with precision

    With great dedication and subtle dexterity, the many filigreed components of each watch movement are enhanced with decorative ornamentation. Whether meticulous bevelling, elaborate galvanisation, brilliant polishing or traditional sanding techniques: every element, no matter how small, is individually decorated with exceptional craft skill.

  • Perfection of a work of art

    Even for a relatively uncomplicated Glashütte Original movement the watchmaker needs several hours to assemble and adjust it. More complex and ambitious movements fitted with impressive complications – the Senator Cosmopolite or PanoLunarTourbillon for example – demand the dedicated attention of a master watchmaker for up to twenty days of work.

  • Demanding final test

     

    As soon as the timepiece has taken shape it must face a demanding examination: the final tests. Only when its precision and exceptional quality have been confirmed can the new watch make its way into the world – as the ambassador of a modern art of watchmaking that sets standards for the world.

Contact

We will be happy to welcome you to a tour of our manufactory. For additional information please refer to the contact form, which you may use to request a tour and to order a DVD with our manufactory films. You can reach us by telephone at +49 35053 46-0 or by email at besuch@glashuette-original.com.

We look forward to seeing you!

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