I’ve long been a fan of colored dials, from the vibrant semi-precious stones of the sixties to the many hues employed today in the watchmaking industry. While most of the time I am quite monochrome, I am also very much in favor of occasional splashes of color, which I find are perfect for the current gloomy mindset.

So I was overjoyed to be able to test the Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar model with a green dial. I have long been acquainted with the German brand and they are mostly communicating about their beautiful movements (I still remember my visit to the manufacture and being overly impressed by the sheer beauty and the surreal degree of finishing of their calibers), but I have to tell you that this is not your standard understated German horology example. This is a sumptuous watch, as the gradient green dial, the steel case and the velvety nubuck strap conspire to seduce you at first sight – it has already happened to everyone that saw this watch while doing the test drive.

Green is supposed to be a happy color and I can testify that the dial of the PanoMaticLunar made me quite happy – depending on the light, you have a different watch on your wrist every time you look at it: the dial goes from almost black to a very shiny green, which is quite fun to experience.

I was blessed to spend the summer in Cornwall and I must say that wearing this watch took me back to the wild, happy nature that governed this region of England, the untamed, strong trees, plants and flowers. Also, for some reason, it made me think of the beautiful nature I always imagine when I read or think about A Midsummer Night’s Dream – just like the play, the watch made me dream about not quite earthly realms.

And now that I am trying to stop gushing about the dial, I can tell you that the generous 40mm steel case allows for a highly legible dial with the big date display, the off-center dial indicating the hours and the minutes, as well as the overlapping subdial for the running seconds. Given my fascination with nature, I loved the moonphase, very well crafted and located at 2 o’clock.

As all Glashütte Original movements, the 90-02 caliber is made in-house and yes, as all Glashütte Original movements, it too displays the double swan’s neck regulating system built on a balance bridge, the one I fell in love with about 15 years ago, at the manufacture.

To make a long story short, I loved this watch. For the green dial, for the beautiful case, for the lovely and very reliable movement inside the case and for the high-quality strap which is a work of art in itself.

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