The big news is that Tutima just opened up their own movement manufacture they call the Glashutte Factory. To celebrate this they have released the first factory watch. It is the Tutima Glashutte Homage that is not only their first in-house movement, but also a minute repeater. According to Tutima (which is located in Glashutte), it is the only minute repeater watch that has been made and also developed in Glashutte.
At first I wasn't of Tutima's claim. Glashutte Original and A. Lange & Sohne are also located in Glashutte Germany, and should have minute repeaters of their own right? Turns out that they don't. I would have guess that by now the two high-end brands would have a minute repeater or two under their belt, but that isn't the case. A. Lange & Sohne has long since been rumored to be working on one, but it hasn't come out yet. So Tutima now has the credit of the first Glashutte minute repeater watch.
The Tutima Glashutte Hommage watch is a classic looking timepieces with a very Germanic movement. It will be offered with three dial styles at least. This includes an open dial with a view into the movement as well as a more traditional style "closed" dial. The brand's aviator watch spirit is retained in the pilot watch style crown to wind and adjust the manually wound movement.
Not a lot of details yet (see more details below) but the watch is larger in size and will likely be offered in an 18k rose or white gold case. This is also likely to be the highest end Tutima watch ever. Tutima is known for meticulous adjustment of the ETA movements they use, so when it comes to their own movements, I am sure that the attention to detail will be just as high. As is common for Glashutte watches, the balance cock on the movement over the escapement has been engraved.
Really great to see Tutima take things to the next level with their own movement manufacture as well as a minute repeater. This stuff have been in the works for years now, and Tutima is likely very relieved to finally be able and talk about it. Price for this limited edition watch is 169,000 euros in 18k gold and 179,000 in platinum. See more details below.
Technical details from Tutima:
- Movement: Mechanical with hand winding
- Diameter: 32 mm
- Height: 7.2 mm
- Jewels: 42, three of which are set in screw-mounted gold chatons
- Escapement: Screw balance with 14 gold weighted screws and 4 regulating screws in slotted, threaded holes; free-sprung Breguet hairspring, pallet lever with domed pallets
- Balance frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hertz)
- Power reserve: 72 hours
Special features: Gold-plated, matte flat parts; Glashütte three-quarter plate; hand-engraved balance cock with relief engraving; winding wheels with click and sunburst polishing, all 550 movement parts hand-finished, all additional parts for the minute repeater bear a Glashütte tin-polished mirror surface.
Functions: Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, hour, quarter hour and minute repeater on two gongs spaced by a third and secured to the watch case for optimal sound quality.
Case: Rose gold or platinum, 43 mm, height 13.4 mm; anti-reflective coating on both sides of the sapphire crystal; case back with Tutima logo and sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.
Dial: Solid gold, finely silver-plated (for the platinum and five of the rose gold versions reduced to a narrow ring around the perimeter); handcrafted hands in gold or blued steel.
Band: Alligator skin, buckle in rose gold or platinum.
Price: In rose gold, limited edition of 20 pieces, 5 versions with a narrow ring around the perimeter instead of a full dial (168,000). In platinum, limited to 5 pieces (179,000).