Verband Deutsche Manufakturen e. V. honours the traditional watch manufacturer
“Small and traditional, yet simultaneously extremely innovative and with moderate prices: these characteristics most aptly describe the ‘manufacture of the year 2018’”, says the Verband Deutsche Manufakturen e. V. (Association of German Manufactories), explaining the reasoning behind its decision to honour the Glashütte-based family business.
An independent jury from the Association annually confers the coveted distinction to honour the special dedication of outstanding companies in the manufacture industry. The Association’s jurors deemed that Tutima has “lastingly surprised” the watch world with developments of its own such as the Tempostopp, which is one of the rare German-made flyback calibers.
This was by no means the first time that Tutima was a source of impressive surprises: the brand has fabricated timepieces of the highest quality since 1927. Manufacturing activities had taken place at Ganderkesee in Lower Saxony during the era when Germany was divided, before the brand returned to its original location at Glashütte in Saxony in 2005. Tutima’s entry into the elite ranks of full-fledged manufactures followed in 2011 with the start of production of the Hommage, the first Glashütte-made minute repeater: this “queen of complications” concatenates 550 precisely made parts and is the culmination of more than three years of developmental work. The elegant Patria and the Tempostopp as a new interpretation of Tutima’s legendary pilot’s chronograph from the 1940s complete Tutima’s collection of manufacture calibers.
Alongside the 18 karat gold models, additional successful lines reflect Tutima’s striving toward horological perfection “made in Glashütte”: the M2 is a further development of the official mission watch worn by Germany’s military pilots; the Grand Flieger recalls Tutima’s DNA as a maker of pilot’s watches; and last but not least, the distinctive Saxon One with pyramidal bezel, in a 40 mm midsize version as Saxon One M an affordable entrée into the luxury class.