Glashütte Original celebrates women in all their facets with a completely
new collection of feminine timepieces. The dazzling models in
the “Pavonina” collection are as impressive and seductive as
the contemporary, confident women for whom they were created.
Pavonina – from the Latin for peacock, pavoninus, evokes luminous bursts
of colour and glittering beauty. The new models in the Pavonina collection
from German watchmaker Glashütte Original are filled with light and
rare beauty, mirroring the faceted diversity of women today. The design
spectrum ranges from simple elegance to extraordinary opulence.
In homage to the female gender, the collection is diverse and lively,
full of strength and femininity at once.
The new collection celebrates the modern women who stepped onto
society’s stage in the 1920s. Having broken with the old clichés and
constrictions, they were free to combine intelligence with strength, femininity
and tenderness. Successful businesswoman, glowing belle of the ball,
inspired artist or active athlete — a woman’s life today is richer and more
profound than ever before. To be a woman is to embrace changing roles
and set new agendas, again and again over the course of time.
The timepieces in the Pavonina collection are ideal companions for these
richly faceted women: endlessly feminine, fascinatingly beautiful and
reliably precise. Glashütte Original has dedicated these models to
the confident women who choose to experience their femininity to the full,
with pride and with joy.
An enticing play of colours and softly flowing forms
The new models in the Pavonina collection from German watchmaker
Glashütte Original exhibit a wonderfully diversity. Ranging from the simply
modern through classic elegance to ornamental opulence, these feminine
timepieces exhibit flowing forms and a fascinating array of well thought
The eye-catching form of the Pavonina collection case dates back to
the 1920s, when the distinctive „cushion“ shape was widely used with
wristwatches, which had become very fashionable. Glashütte Original’s
designers reworked the form slightly, adapting it to suit the contemporary
woman and integrating flexible lugs in the case. The Saxon watchmaker has
applied for a patent for this solution, which allows a perfectly snug fit
between the watch and the wrist of the woman wearing it.
These graceful, 31 x 31 mm timepieces are offered in three different
versions of the case: in coolly brilliant stainless steel, contemporary
bi-colour combining stainless steel and red gold, and a warm, radiant
18 ct red gold.
Rich in fascinating detail, the dials are crafted in an elaborate, sophisticated
process by the company’s own dial manufactory. From minimalist elegance
to delicate, shimmering mother of pearl and glamorous motifs set out in
diamonds, they reflect the brilliant, facetted diversity of women.
The cushion shape of the case is mirrored, with a pleasing variation in form
and framed by fine guillochet finishing, in the centre of the dial. All models
also feature a date window at 6 o’clock, and filigreed hands in red gold or
stainless steel, depending on the case, mark the time of day.
With this new collection the Manufactory wraps a comprehensive selection
of possible combinations around the wrist. The stainless steel models are
offered with either galvanised silver or ruthenium dials.
For the lady who wishes to show her casually elegant aspect, hand-mounted
cabochon indexes mark the hours. Those who are drawn more to sparkling
glamour may prefer the model with 12 diamond indexes, whose radiance
extends to the 44 diamonds enhancing the lugs.
The bi-colour models in the Pavonina collection are both playful and elegant
at once. Offered with dials of extremely thin, shimmering mother of pearl or
galvanised ruthenium, this timepiece presents a compelling mix of materials
with its stainless steel case, red gold hands and lugs, and diamond-topped crown.
Another model offers the colour black paired with red gold in a truly classic
and timeless combination. A mat black Louisiana alligator leather strap
completes the elegant look and ensures a secure grip on the wrist.
A wonderful, elaborately decorated watch is the absolute highlight of
the Pavonina collection: presented as a stylised peacock tail are an array of
98 diamonds, 0.38 carats in all, carefully set by hand on the precisely milled,
mocca- or mother of pearl-coloured Colorit dial. Along the softly flowing flanks
of the case are a further 114 radiant diamonds in the form of a open circle, while the ornate crown is topped with a 0.03 ct diamond.
This love of detail is equally apparent in the Pavonina collection bracelets.
The delicate metal bracelet created in the Manufactory resembles a piece of
fine jewellery: its individual links present a successul interpretation and
variation of the cushion shape of the case. The metal bracelet is offered
in stainless steel, red gold and bi-colour versions, the latter with alternating
stainless steel and red gold links.
Rounding out the bracelet offering is a fascinating selection of coloured straps:
shimmering satin in petrol green, violet or rich anthracite, or high-gloss
patent leather in mocca brown and violet. The bracelets are fitted with
a quick-change system that allows the wearer to equip her timepiece
with the strap that best complements her attire.
All watches in the Pavonina collection feature the absolute precision and
user-friendly comfort assured by the Calibre 03-01 quartz movement.
An innovative feature offers three times the standard magnetic protection,
shielding the sensitive mechanism from the influence of modern mobile
electronic devices and thus enhancing the quality of the watch. The plate is
decorated with the characteristic Glashütte striping, and the engraved logo
appears in gold on the silver plate. The polished case back provides ample
space for individual engravings and personal dedications.
Glashütte Original takes up an enduring tradition
A historical background
With the launch of the Pavonina Collection from Glashütte Original,
the enduring and intense relationship between women and their watches
begins a new chapter.
The 1920s were a time in which a new generation of women stepped onto
society’s stage: they earned their own money, went out alone, put on short
skirts and wore their hair in a bob. Their emancipation was profound and
prosaic at once. Instead of wearing “pocket” watches as a pendant on
a necklace, many women switched to the more practical wristwatch,
which had become very fashionable.
For hundreds of years, bracelets were considered an eminently female attribute.
To wear a watch on a gold chain in one’s vest pocket, on the other hand,
was the mark of a man. Unlike their male counterparts, many of whom
were reluctant to abandon the traditional pocket watch, women in the 20s were
quick to see the advantages in wearing a watch on the wrist. They were,
in a way, “wristwatch pioneers”, and the popularity of their choice soon put
pressure on watchmakers to meet increasing demand.
|In 1927, Glashütte watchmakers began creating wristwatches,
which were initially designed exclusively for women. Faced with the demand
for delicate, feminine watches to be worn on the wrist, the watchmakers
began to make much smaller movements. Soon a tradition had been
established that called for the manufacture of special ladies’ wristwatches,
many years before the production of men’s wristwatches began.In the 1960s and 70s, the demand on the part of women for precise and
fashionable timepieces had, once again, a significant impact on watch
production in Glashütte. In time, wristwatches for women came increasingly
to be seen as a combination of jewellery and a useful way to tell time.As a rule, a lady owns a number of watches, after all, to be worn as jewellery
and chosen to suit a particular outfit and occasion. At the end of the 1970s,
the company VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe, which had absorbed Urofa and
a number of other companies, began making ladies’ wristwatches equipped
with quartz movements; they were easy to take care of and use, and were
both comfortable and affordable.With the launch of a new collection of ladies watches with quartz movements,
Glashütte Original renews a tradition that is respectful of women’s desire
for smaller, easier to handle timepieces with more elegant cases.
|Wim Koster, Glashütte Original moderator|