Berlinale Moments

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Freitag, 17. Februar 2017

Inspirational Beauty

The Sony Center with its impressively colourful tent-roof. The striking S-Bahn station, breaking sunlight through steel and glass. Marlene Dietrich Square, alive with the history of Berlin's cinema. And the Brandenburg Gate – proud, powerful, world-famous.

Potsdamer Platz, home to the Berlinale, is ringed by iconic architecture and exceptional buildings. They inspire people. They tell stories. They are artisanal masterpieces and stylish beauties. And they have all of that in common with the timepieces from Glashütte Original. And so every day, in and around the Berlinale, we find images that combine in inspirational ways the elegance and perfection of the watchmakers with that of architecture.

Here are a few of our favourites.

Mittwoch, 15. Februar 2017

Gratitude and Wonder

Tuesday was an important day for Glashütte Original at the Berlinale. We were happy to host a mid-day get-together for a great many filmmakers and representatives of the documentary side of the industry. Many of the nominees took advantage of the opportunity to set eyes for the first time on the Glashütte Original Documentary Award trophy, on display in the lounge. 

These hours in the Golden Bear Lounge were lively ones indeed, as the filmmakers talked about their projects and flooded the room with their enthusiasm and positive energy. While some were still anxiously awaiting their premiere screening, one sensed that all were thankful that the Berlinale, in partnership with Glashütte Original, was finally able to offer a dedicated prize for the documentary form. And we were fortunate to learn just how gifted, courageous and yet humble all the nominees are. Even if none of them trigger a media frenzy like that unleashed by Robert Pattinson at the photo session next door to the lounge, for us they are all true icons of the film world. 

The evening unfolded under the sign of one of the most prominent components of our timepieces: the dial. We were pleased to welcome to the lounge a number of guests from the "City of Gold", Pforzheim, on the 250th anniversary of its founding. Since fifty Glashütte Original employees manufacture all our dials in the Pforzheim manufactory, we took advantage of the opportunity to pay special tribute to the "face" of our timepieces. No fewer than 75 separate tasks must be executed before one of our dials can be considered complete. Our watchmaker Jessica Taut presented a small selection of them to interested guests. She was rewarded with expressions of wonder and admiration for this complex and complicated process – which would be simply unthinkable without our watchmakers' creativity, perfection and careful attention to detail.

Sonntag, 12. Februar 2017

It's hip to be square

„Art is something which binds us all, and we can talk about this and we can understand each other, and the most important thing of all – we can accept diversity and not accept just uniformity." These wise words from Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick were expressed on opening day as he stood on the red carpet. Like its director, the Festival stands for an open, non-conformist and colourful atmosphere, seldom as important as it is today.

And for this reason too, Glashütte Original is here at exactly the right place. As an international enterprise with partners, customers and colleagues all over the world, we are committed one hundred percent to this vision of the Berlinale. And it is precisely our current collection that reveals what we mean by diversity. "It’s hip to be square!“ isn't the only message we are sending to the world with the Sixties Iconic Square Chronographs. The five models present colour in an exceptional fashion: in Ocean, Tangerine, Graphite, Forest and Fire. Because we love colour – and a world that is colourful and diverse: It’s hip to be colourful!

Samstag, 11. Februar 2017

Time for an award, for difficult subjects and for illustrious guests

Strong images, significant themes, courageous protagonists: that is the art of the documentary, which Glashütte Original and the Berlinale will honour this year for the first time. The newly created Glashütte Original Documentary Award is the highlight (to date) of the partnership with the Berlin International Film Festival that began in 2011. And as many people are saying, it really was time for this great Festival to honour this important cinematic form with its own award.

Today we were fortunate to hear an important representative of the documentary form, Swiss filmmaker Samir, express his gratitude in person: "The Glashütte Original Documentary Award and associated prize money give filmmakers an outlook for the future for their work. That's really important because difficult subjects demand a great deal of time." Samir knows what he's talking about: he is one of three renowned jurors who will choose the winning film. Together with fellow jury member Laura Poitras (USA), Samir honoured us with a visit to the Golden Bear Lounge by Glashütte Original – and took advantage of the opportunity to set eyes, finally, on the Documentary Award trophy, designed and built by hand in our Glashütte manufactory.

16 documentaries are headed for the starting gates in the Berlinale sections Competition, Berlinale Special, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino. The first two films in the regular programme, "Belinda" from France and the international co-production "Mzis Qaladi" (Georgia, USA, Quatar, the Netherlands) celebrated their world premieres today.

Both before and after the visit from the Jury a great many other interesting guests dropped by the Lounge for an iconic moment or two – there's always something going on here. Whether it's a delegation from Swatch Group, clusters of Berlinale visitors or film crews of one sort or another – playing host in the Lounge you can lose track of time. Almost.

Donnerstag, 09. Februar 2017

GO, Berlinale: Time for premieres

The 67th Berlinale is up and running! And we're right in the middle of things. From now until February 19th, Berlin is the world capital of cinema. Awaiting us in and around the Berlinale Palast are iconic moments and encounters, stars on the red carpet and, of course, all kinds of great art. For Glashütte Original the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival brought not one, but two premieres: For the first time we are supporting this world-renowned festival of cinematic art as Principal Partner. As such we are honoured to welcome directors, actors, producers and prominent friends of the cinema to the Golden Bear Lounge by Glashütte Original, right by the red carpet.

The Berlinale kicked off Thursday with Festival Director Dieter Kosslick, whom Glashütte Original CEO Thomas Meier greeted with a traditional German ritual (comparing the time on their wristwatches) just prior to the official opening. From 5:00 pm on we were delighted to see more and more big names from the world of German and international filmmaking join us in the Lounge as they prepared for their walk down the red carpet: We were thrilled to welcome Sandra Hüller from this year's Oscar nominee "Toni Erdmann". Game of Thrones stars Sibel Kikelli and Tom Wlaschiha came along just before the opening as well, not to mention cinematic icons Wim Wenders, Iris Berben, Juliane Köhler, Corinna Harfouch, Burghart Klaußner, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Rosa von Praunheim, Volker Schlöndorff, Tom Tykwer and many others.

It was not by chance, of course, that today was the day we celebrated our second premiere with the launch of the exceptional Sixties Iconic Square Collection, available from today in Glashütte Original Boutiques and selected dealers around the world. The colourful outfits worn by our guests, the lively goings-on in and around the Berlinale Palast theatre, the crackling snap of the air in Berlin: this inspired and stylish atmosphere set the perfect stage for the debut of these five Chronographs, uniquely original in their design.

#GOBerlinale, #GOIconic, we can't wait to see what's coming next!

Donnerstag, 12. Januar 2017

A look back on 10 exciting festival days in 2016

2016 Glashütte Original again welcomed visitors from around the world to the Glashütte Original Lounge which then was located on the 24th floor of the Kollhoff Tower at Potsdamer Platz. From the opening countdown to the closing ceremonies of the 66th Berlinale we were pleased to host hundreds of film industry professionals, journalists, fans and friends of the art of making movies. Among the industry and Festival players who dropped in for a close-up encounter with the fine art of German watchmaking were the American singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas and German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, along with Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. 

Last year in the Lounge we told the story of our exceptional Senator Cosmopolite, designed for the modern world traveller, and followed different IATA codes to faraway cities and key moments from the history of the Berlinale. Also featured in the Lounge was our new Senator Chronometer, premiering in Berlin in advance of its official debut at Baselworld 2016 next month.

As every year, the Lounge and its relaxed atmosphere proved a big draw for journalists, many of whom chose our luxurious venue for exclusive interviews with key players in the industry. We were also fortunate again this year to host a series of receptions; among the more memorable was that held in honour of Michael Ballhaus, recipient of this year's Honorary Golden Bear for a lifetime of exceptional achievement. We also welcomed Studio Babelsberg and their many friends and followers.

Almost every day during the Festival we hosted warm-ups for the young directors, casts and crews of films showing in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, and for the 5th year in a row we presented the "Made in Germany" − Perspektive Fellowship award. This year's prize-winner was Janna Ji Wonders, happily on hand in the Lounge to celebrate her award, talk to journalists and show off the trophy made, as every year, by apprentice watchmakers from Glashütte Original's own Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking. Janna joins previous winners Annekatrin Hendel, Jan Speckenbach, Sandra Kaudelka and Sebastian Mez (ex aequo) and Oskar Sulowski, all up-and-coming German directors who have benefitted from the generous, Glashütte Original - funded 15,000 euro award to work on new projects after showing their debut efforts at the Festival. This year also saw continued support from the Brand for the Retrospective section, whose efforts to bring the history of the art to life strike a chord with our own respect for traditional craftsmanship in watchmaking.

The 66th Berlinale saw the Glashütte Original Lounge play host to special evenings with key business partners Bucherer and Wempe, both big names in the retail side of the watch and jewellery trade, and to a rambunctious party with Quality Magazine, complete with live entertainment by Dorrey Lin Lyles and Keith Tynes.

It's been a great pleasure to see so many friends and connoisseurs of the German art of watchmaking at the Berlinale 2016. We look forward to welcoming one and all to the Glashütte Original Lounge for the 7th year of our partnership with the Berlin International Film Festival next year.