Glashütte – This small German town is to fans of mechanical timepieces as Hollywood is to autograph collectors. With a population of around 7,000, Glashütte is far from a metropolis; however, that’s not what attracts people here. Instead, it’s a passion for fine timepieces that brings visitors to this town tucked away in a valley in Germany’s Ore Mountains. Moritz Grossmann recently invited 15 Chrono24 users from around Germany to join them for an unforgettable weekend in Dresden and Glashütte.
Home to many of Germany’s watchmaking heavyweights, watch enthusiasts are drawn to this town just outside of Dresden as movie buffs are to sunny southern California. Many renowned watch manufacturers have settled in Glashütte, including NOMOS Glashütte, A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original, Union Glashütte, Tutima, and, of course, Moritz Grossmann.
“Hier lebt die Zeit” or “Time lives here”: These words greet every visitor arriving at Glashütte’s train station. The town could easily be described as unremarkable, cozy, and somewhat foggy. So how did it become the center of German watchmaking? One of the most influential figures in the history of Glashütte’s watch industry was none other than Moritz Grossmann (1825-1885). He was not only a visionary in terms of the technological capabilities of watches and watchmaking tools, but also a proponent of the watch industry in general, especially in relation to this small Saxon town. For example, Grossmann helped found the German School of Watchmaking. In 2008, Christine Hutter breathed new life into this important name by establishing the watch manufacturer Moritz Grossmann. Like the man it’s named after, the Moritz Grossmann brand stands for traditional craftsmanship, refined movements, and technological innovation.
This willingness to forge new paths is what prompted the trip to Glashütte, which Chrono24 organised for 15 select watch enthusiasts. Upon arrival, our hosts immediately gave us a peek behind the scenes to give a feel for true craftsmanship. The participants witnessed masters of their trade work with almost impossible precision in concentrated silence and were left with a sense of what it means to make the majority of a watch by hand.
From the balance to the hands, Moritz Grossmann produces a wide range of components by hand according to old traditions. The Design Workshop was the highlight of the entire weekend. It took place in the manufacturer’s impressive showroom with a panoramic view over Glashütte. A main incentive for many of the visitors was the chance to create a watch together with Moritz Grossmann’s designers, which will later appear as a limited edition in the Chrono24 Brand Boutique. Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to create their own timepiece? Despite diverse preferences and opinions, the participants were able to agree upon a single design. Unfortunately, that’s all we can give away at this time.
A visit to the German Watch Museum rounded off the first day. The evening was spent with wine and good food accompanied by entertaining debates, exciting stories, and a wrist shot or two. The next day, guests enjoyed a tour of Dresden and a farewell lunch. A large portion of the Moritz Grossmann team and their CEO, Christine Hutter, joined us on every step of the journey to talk about Moritz Grossmann and answer questions about the industry. At the end of the trip, one thing was clear: Passion connects people. Whether you’re a watchmaker, captain, or software developer, career and age play no role when it comes to spending a weekend together surrounded by something you love.
Chrono24 would like to thank Moritz Grossmann and every participant for such a memorable weekend.