Founded in the Saxon region of Germany in 1927, Tutima crafts timepieces in its state-of-the-art manufacture according to the strictest of standards. For those who love fine German watchmaking, this brand has it all. Now, just in time for the holidays, we take a look at three top Tutima watches that range in price and style, from the sophisticated Patria to the sporty Saxon One and the complex Tempostopp.
First introduced in 2013, the Patria collection includes the brand’s famed minute repeater and a host of other important complex watches, such as this Patria Power Reserve. Made entirely in house, the hand wound caliber 618 required an additional 34 components be added for the 65-hour power reserve indication. A planetary wheel and disc provide force for the complication, while two steel winding wheels and the ratchet are visible through the sapphire crystal case back. The finely finished skeletonized balance cock offers an unobstructed view of Tutima’s oscillating system with a Breguet curved hairspring, which completes 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour.Made in Germany. The 43mm case is crafted in 18-karat rose gold with curved lugs and a styled crown, featuring an iridescent sun burst decoration, complement the sophisticated style. Alongside the power reserve, the finely silver-plated dial displays hours, minutes and a small seconds with a sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Finished with an alligator strap and water resistant to 5 atm, the Patria Power Reserve retails for $19,900.
Tutima Saxon One
The Saxon One collection represents the brand’s opening price point, with automatic watches with day, date and other functions — not to mention great blue, maroon and chocolate brown dial colors — starting at just about $2,000. The 40mm size is particularly appealing with the steel case and bracelet and Midnight Grey dial. The watch offers a great value proposition thanks to the distinctive case with stepped pyramid design whose angles and edges define it as a work of geometric beauty. The integrated bracelet offers a powerful look and the fluted bezel completes the sporty chic look. The three-hand watch with date is finished with baton-shaped indexes and Super-LumiNova on the skeletonized hands and the dots. It is powered by the self-winding Tutima Caliber 330 (a modified ETA movement) equipped with Tutima’s in-house-made rotor with 18-karat gold seal. With 38 hours of power reserve, the watch, with screw-down crown, is water resistant to 10 ATM, is pressure tested to 10 bar. Offered with a steel bracelet or with a n leather strap, the watch retails for just about $2,000.
Complex and sophisticated, the Tutima Tempostopp Chronograph represents one of the pinnacles of watchmaking. The result of years of research and development carried out in the brand’s Glashutte workshops, this is the fourth in-house caliber following the repeater movement, the dual time movement, and the small seconds movement. It was inspired by a vintage 1939 Fliegerchronograph, which, in its day, was referred to as the Tempostopp.
The movement, caliber T659, is a hand-wound column-wheel chronograph with flyback function. It is composed of 237 parts and is equipped with a horizontal clutch, as well as a Breguet hairspring and a balance. With 65 hours of power reserve, the Tempostopp features a flyback function to instantaneously restart with a press of the button at 4:00. The 43mm case is crafted in 18-karat pink gold and features a two-level dial and two sub-dials for the chronograph, as well as an outer chapter ring for the fractional seconds scale for the chronograph. It retails for $29,500.