We have been manufacturing high-quality precision timepieces in Glashütte for 10 years now – the Wempe wristwatch chronometers. This anniversary was duly celebrated at the beginning of September by unveiling five spectacular new watch novelties at the German Watch Museum in Glashütte. The star of this anniversary collection is a completely newly developed manufacture caliber with a self-winding mechanism.
A milestone development to celebrate the 10th anniversary
In 2006, we launched two own collections of wristwatches, the Wempe Chronometerwerke and the Wempe Zeitmeister. They have been manufactured at Glashütte Observatory ever since. On the occasion of our anniversary, we presented five novelties at the German Watch Museum in Glashütte at the beginning of September. The focus of this event was on the self-developed manufacture caliber CW4 – our first automatic caliber.
Journalist from all over the world came to be the firsts to peer review the new caliber and the other novelties.
We invested years to gain 92 hours.
The tenth anniversary of the start of our chronometer production in Glashütte was a wonderful point in time for us to unveil our fifth manufacture caliber, which we have encased in our new Chronometerwerke Automatic. The automatic caliber CW 4 was developed in collaboration with the movement manufacturer Soprod. It has an impressively lengthy power reserve of 92 hours and will serve as base caliber for future developments. “The idea of developing our own round self-winding caliber arose back when we launched our first wristwatch chronometers ten years ago,” says Kim-Eva Wempe, who manages the company in the fourth generation.
It takes time to make a masterpiece – this applies as well for our self-developed Wempe Chronometerwerke caliber CW 4. Depending on the model, the watchmakers need up to 100 working hours to manufacture and finish the countless components of a Wempe chronometer.
Our anniversary novelties
Every timepiece we make simultaneously honors precious time with a little memorial that reflects masterful craftsmanship and outmost passion in every detail. Many challenges line the path of developing a Wempe wristwatch chronometer, but the target is clear: to create a highly precise timepiece that raises connoisseurs‘ pulse rates.
The Wempe Chronometerwerke Automatic
Its spectacular power reserve of 92 hours makes the new Wempe Chronometerwerke Automatic the basis for future developments. The accuracy of this timepiece qualifies it as a German chronometer, one that lives up to all the standards of expert Glashütte watchmaking. This three-hand watch with a date display is available in 18 karat yellow gold as well as in a stainless steel version.
The Wempe Zeitmeister Annual Calendar
The Wempe Zeitmeister Annual Calendar embodies another spectacular highpoint for our anniversary. Our most complicated model thus far, we proudly offer this watch in a limited edition of 100 timepieces. This sophisticated annual calendar with chronometer certification combines everything you need in order to stay up to date. In addition to the central hour, minute and second indicators, the self-winding movement supplies four more pieces of calendar data – the date, the day of the week, the month and the moon phase. It requires minor manual adjustment only once a year.
The Wempe Zeitmeister Sport Diver’s Chronograph DLC
Rapture of the deep – Sportiness has never been so elegant: DLC, an extremely hard carbon coating, gives the Wempe Zeitmeister Sport Diver’s Chronograph its exclusive, satin-finished, midnight-black surface. Housed in a 45-millimeter case, this watch is made for aquanauts and style-conscious divers who want to go as deep as 300 meters and measure time intervals or check the date while underwater. It is a reliable buddy fitted with a chronometer-certified self-winding movement.
The Wempe Chronometerwerke 5/6 Seconds Precision Pendulum Clock
Wempe’s 5/6 Seconds Precision Pendulum Clock expresses equally strong love for perfection. Manufactured to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Wempe in Glashütte and limited to a series of 10 specimens worldwide, it embodies a smaller version of the larger Seconds Precision Pendulum Clock.
If you want to know the exact time, you have to reach for the stars
The production site of the Wempe wristwatch chronometers is situated where the air is cleanest and the night sky is most clearly visible – at the observatory high above the Saxon watchmaking town of Glashütte. Since its inauguration in 1910, the observatory has stand for the high standards of Glashütte watches. In 2006, Wempe opened a production workshop in the renovated observatory and established there Germany’s only chronometer-testing facility. It is run as independent institute by the Thuringian State Office for Consumer Protection (TLV) and the Saxon State Office for Metrology and Verification (SME). The town of Glashütte honored this commitment in 2011: the square which fronts the observatory and the new manufacturing building was named "Herbert-Wempe-Platz" to commemorate the great visionary and the town’s watchmaking tradition.
Glashütte observatory then and now: on the left at its inauguration in 1910 and on the right at the 10th anniversary of the Wempe chronometer production site in 2016.
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