Wempe, a well-known European watch and jewelry dealer, released the latest Zeitmeister series of watches in the German watchmaking town of Glashütte in September 2016 to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The prototype of the Zeitmeister series dates back to the 1950s and 1960s, but production was stopped after the 1970s due to the effects of the quartz crisis. However, in 2006, as Ms. Kim Eva Wempe, the fourth generation member of the family, took over the Glashütte Observatory, the plan to restart the manufacture of Wempe brand watches was put on the agenda. In the end, the Hyundai Zeitmeister watch was introduced to the market the following year. Each Zeitmeister watch is produced in the factory building of the original Glashütte Observatory. More than 50% of the parts come from the town to meet the ‘Glasutti Origin’ logo on the dial. Not only that, in the refurbished observatory, each watch needs to pass a two-week travel test before leaving the factory to meet the brand’s precise requirements. In order to meet the needs of the market, the new plant was completed in 2011, next to the original site of the observatory. The new plant not only accommodates more advanced watchmaking workshops, but also opens a school to train younger watchmakers, providing an endless source of talent for the sustainable development of the brand.
There are a total of five special commemorative timepieces, four watches and an observatory wall clock. Except that two watches are mass-produced models, the rest are limited editions.
Zeitmeister diving chronograph.
Limited to 100 pieces, 45 mm in diameter and water resistant to 300 meters. The body is covered with DLC coating, and the diving bezel is made of anti-scratch black ceramic, which can be rotated in both directions. The sapphire crystal has an anti-reflection coating. All the signs on the dial are filled with Super-LumiNova luminous material. The top of the chronograph second hand is also designed with an additional triangular luminous logo to ensure readability in the dark. The head is screw-in design to meet the needs of waterproofing. The movement has a 48-hour power reserve and the basic movement is ETA7750. Wempe has optimized its timing structure and decoration. It sells for 3975 euros.
Zeitmeister calendar watch.
Limited to 100 pieces, 42 mm in diameter and water resistant to 50 meters. Almanac is currently the most complicated function in the Zeitmeister series. It can automatically recognize the big and small months. The wearer only needs to manually adjust the day from February to March. The polished steel toffee hands, three-dimensional cannonball scales complement the silver dial, and the black printed logo makes the watch extremely readable. The calendar function does not use the popular disc opening window design, but uses the traditional pointer system. The reason is that the pointer consumes less energy, so that the watch has a 42-hour power reserve and a 4Hz swing frequency. The movement has been modeled on ETA2892-A2. Wempe added the DD5900 calendar module, stop seconds and KIF suspension system, and optimized the travel time accuracy. The price is 7975 euros.
Chronometerwerke automatic watch.
Chronometerwerke is another series of Wempe. Compared with Zeitmeister, it has a higher positioning. The whole series is equipped with self-produced movements. The automatic watch launched this time is equipped with Wempe’s CW4 movement, which has been developed for four years. It is the brand’s first self-winding movement with a size of 32.8 * 6 mm. Equipped with two barrels connected in series, providing a power reserve of up to 92 hours, which can be equipped with more functions as required. The calendar is located at three o’clock, and the calendar disc is designed to fit snugly against the dial, so there is no shadow. The pearl oscillating weight is two-way wound, and the wearer can observe the movement of the movement through the anti-reflective sapphire crystal case back. The balance wheel is at seven o’clock, which is the hallmark of Wempe’s self-produced movement. The CW4 contains all typical German watchmaking features. More than 50% of the original movements are produced locally in Glashütte and assembled here. The size of the entire watch is 41 * 11.7 mm. It has two models of gold and stainless steel, which are priced at 14950 euros and 6950 euros.
Wempe observatory wall clock.
Wempe has more than 110 years of experience in clock making, and this time the 5 / 6PPU astronomical wall clock is a masterpiece. The perfect combination of ornamentality and functionality is the characteristic of this clock. The time has been standardized on the silver-plated dial to be split and arranged, which has excellent readability. The wooden frame is painted with 13 layers of black piano lacquer to make it delicate and smooth. The uniquely designed pendulum allows the wall clock to swing six times every five seconds, which greatly improves the accuracy of the movement and is also the origin of its name. In order to further optimize the travel time, temperature and air pressure self-compensation devices are installed on both sides of the pendulum. The complete set of systems can be seen at a glance through the ore crystal clock. In addition, 5 / 6PPU has a 30-day travel time, which prevents frequent chaining. The size of the whole clock is 105 * 27 * 14 cm, limited to 10 units, and the price is 14,750 Euros.
All the above models will be available in Wempe stores in October 2016. For more information, please visit Wempe’s official website: www.wempe.com.