The Über Charming Tutima Patria Admiral Blue Celebrates Homecoming – And Casual Elegance
Here’s a fun fact: Tutima was the only East German brand able to continue in West Germany after the country split following World War II.
Born in Glashütte in 1927, Tutima moved to what would become West Germany in 1945. And it was only German reunification that allowed this brand meanwhile armed with a strong reputation for quality pilot’s chronographs to find its way back home (read more on the brand’s history in 90 Years Of Tutima: An Abbreviated, Complete History).
In honor of the historic moment, Tutima introduced an elegant, “patriotic” dress watch outfitted with a made in Glashütte movement: the groundbreaking Hommage Minute Repeater celebrated Tutima’s homecoming as of 2011.
The Hommage Minute Repeater also owns the bragging rights to being the first full minute repeater fully conceived and manufactured on German soil. The look and technology of the brand’s ensuing gold-encased Patria line (available as of 2013) took its cues from this highly complicated oeuvre.
Charismatic Patria now in stainless steel
Like the brand name Tutima (which means “safe, protected”), the name of the Patria originates in Latin and means “home, hometown, native country,” thereby symbolizing the return of the brand to its roots in Saxony’s Glashütte.
This town located in the remote hills of the Erzgebirge mountains, cozily nestled between state capital Dresden and the Czech border, is Germany’s center of fine watchmaking and has been since 1845.
The new Patria Admiral Blue’s manually wound Caliber 617, also entirely conceived, designed and manufactured in Tutima’s Glashütte factory, takes its inspiration in the look and feel of the melodious masterpiece with its characteristic three-quarter plate and lavish finishing that includes Glashütte ribbing and screw-mounted gold chatons that are visible through a sapphire crystal case back.
Reserved and elegant, its deep blue enamel dial displays the hours and minutes as well as subsidiary seconds in a large subdial at 6 o’clock. The stainless steel hands displaying the time are manufactured on premises in Glashütte. This is a dial to fall in love with, one that just doesn’t let the eye go.
The contemporarily styled Patria is housed in a water-resistant, stainless steel case with the elegant, yet modern, dimensions of 43 x 9.7 mm topped off by a domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
The sapphire crystal screw-down case back allows an unobstructed view of the very finely finished, gold-plated manually wound manufacture movement with its traditional nineteenth-century Glashütte-style three-quarter plate.
Caliber 617 literally resembles a small package full of Glashütte horological history with its high-polished bevels, four screw-mounted gold chatons, sunburst pattern on the winding wheels, polished screw heads, and Glashütte ribbing as movement decoration.
The movement measuring 31 x 4.78 mm beats at 3 Hz thanks to a traditionally styled screw balance with 14 gold weighted and four regulating screws as well as a Breguet-style hairspring. All movement components, including an angular openworked balance cock, have been meticulously and lovingly finished according to time-honored heritage.
The manually wound Patria Admiral Blue boasts a long power reserve of 65 hours.
The more than passing resemblance of the Patria to the Hommage minute repeater is both desired and obvious: the reserved elegance of both the Hommage and its roots are beautifully reflected in this handsome dress watch now available in a dynamic stainless steel combination.
For more please visit www.tutima.com/watch/admiral-blue.
Quick Facts Tutima Patria Admiral Blue
Case: 43 x 9.7 mm, stainless steel
Movement: manually wound manufacture Caliber 617 with screw balance, 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency, power reserve 65 hours, Glashütte three-quarter plate
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds