December 4, 2013
by Ariel Adams
Do you know what happened to Glashutte-based watch brand Tutima over the last few years? They underwent a major corporate pivot and completely changed their entire production of watches and also replaced all the ETA movements they used to use with in-house made movements. Yeah, and they did all this in a relatively short period of time. To announce this fact, they released the in-house made Homage Minute Repeater not too long ago in 2011. It was not until 2013 however that we saw what else they would be making. This is a hands-on look at the Tutima Patria, which no doubt is part of their more conservative watch collection.
Glashutte, Germany is home to watch brands such as Glashutte Original (of course), A. Lange & Sohne, Nomos, and Tutima (among others). It has a long history of great German watch design, as well as making movements in-house. While Tutima is still focused on mostly durable sport watches, the Patria represents a more classic side of the brand. Its design is actually inspired by the Homage Minute Repeater, from case to dial, as well as the movement. Though, it just displays the time or two time zones depending on the model.
While there is a strict three-hand version of the Patria, there is also a dual-time version which is pretty slick. Inside of the subsidiary seconds dial is a second hand in blue used as an hour hand for a second timezone. The Patria collection has models with dials that have either baton hour markers or Arabic numeral hour markers. It seems fitting that if you get into a watch like this you opt for the dual time zone Patria as it is more unique. There are certainly no shortages of simple three-hand, small second timepieces.