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The asymmetric look of the Pano watch family is an acquired taste – as are other timepieces of this ilk. I would say that the best use of this design concept is to prevent the watch and its wearer from looking boring. A lot of dress watches are boring, and when worn with a basic suit and tie can sometimes end up looking even more boring. Here, you have an undeniably conservative watch, but one that has character and personality – which is really how I like to sum up the larger Glashütte Original brand, even if this particular Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar model illustrates that fact better than some other of their watches.

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Attached to the case is a good-looking and traditionally designed black alligator strap with a matching 18k red gold folding buckle. Here, you’ll find one of the more interesting and welcome/frustrating features of most Glashütte Original watches. And that would be the small screw-down cap that goes over the buckle pin which secures the strap. I can’t say that I’ve had a strap slip out of a buckle and open up, but Glashütte Original makes doubly sure that the buckle and strap are tightly connected. It also makes re-sizing the strap particularly fun when trying to see if a key or knife you have at hand (unless you happen to carry a set of small screwdrivers with you) fits the flathead screw that you need to undo in order to resize how the watch fits.

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The Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar has a lot of “watch nerd” cred to it, even though it isn’t one of the most talked-about collections out there. In fact, I think part of the appeal is the relatively good value as well as the niche nature within a niche brand that is nevertheless part of a major group. Honestly, it may not be my first choice in Glashütte Original watches, but I’ve come to really enjoy wearing this reference 1-90-02-49-35-30 Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar watch as a formal timepiece. Price is $23,900.

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>Brand: Glashütte Original
>Model: PanoMaticLunar 1-90-02-49-35-30
>Price: $23,900 USD
>Size: 40mm wide, 12.7mm thick
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Frequent wearer and fan of dress watches looking for something out of the ordinary and reliable.
>Best characteristic of watch: Especially in steel, the Pano series feels like a good value given the in-house movements and original designs – especially when compared with the competition.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Too much superfluous text on the dial. Some might feel that case is too thick.

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