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Glashütte special museum opens in Germany

More than 120 guests celebrated the opening of the special exhibition titled ‘Glashütte in the GDR Era’, commemorating a key period in the German town’s history.

During the vernissage, Markus Dreßler, mayor of Glashütte and Frank Kittel, managing director of Glashütte Original (the luxury watchmaker), warmly welcomed all guests. Attendees then went on to join Reinhard Reichel, director of the German Watch Museum Glashütte, on a tour to explore the exhibition.

The special exhibition, running from June 12 to November 1, honours the achievements of former Glashütte designers, watchmakers, toolmakers and precision mechanics, 25 years after the German reunification. These people – despite the hardships – have managed to keep their traditions of watchmaking alive during the era of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, a.k.a. East Germany).

The special exhibition highlights how the state-owed VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (founded in the mid 1900s) manufactured products used for everyday life as well as in science between 1951 and 1990, which included wristwatches, marine chronometers and other special machines.

It also brings back to the surface a selection of former tools, teaching materials, drawings and numerous historic photographs, original advertising films and product brochures, which illustrate how operations took place during the GDR era.