Tutima
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The birth of the brand Tutima started in 1927, during the Golden Twenties in Glashutte, known worldwide for its time-peices since the 19th century. Tutima was originally composed of two separate companies, Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik Glashutte AG and Uhrenfabrik Glashutte AG, both of whom shared the same Chairman and Managing Director, Dr. Ernst Kurtz. It was at this time that we began to see a shift from the traditional pocket watch to the new concept of a wrist watch, driven by the rapid technical development of cars and airplanes creating a dire need to access your watch while maintaining use of both hands. Dr. Ernst Kurtz quickly realized that the future would belong to the wristwatch and went to work creating a new model of wristwatches called "Tutima" which means Safe and Secure in Latin.

Thanks to their superior technology and craftsmanship, wristwatches by Tutima quickly garnered an excellent reputation. In fact, the pilot's watch from 1941 became legendary! But just four years later, Tutima seemed about to fold. A devastating air raid only hours before the end of the war destroyed the factory; shortly thereafter, Russian troops occupied the state. But this was not the end for Tutima.

In 1945, Germany experienced its zero hour leaving many to wonder what the future would hold. However, with gumption, entrepreneurial spirit, and inventive-ness, its people achieved an economic miracle. Like some of the company's employees, Dr. Kurtz was able to move to the West shortly before the end of the war. They were able to preserve the ideals of the art of Glashutte watchmaking in a Lower Saxon community called Ganderkesee: technical finesse, spirit of innovation, and knowledge of their roots made the new start into a success story, which has been decisively continued by Dieter Delecate since the 1960s. When the Tutima Military Chronograph ref. 798 was voted the official pilot's watch of NATO in 1984, the brand had once again arrived where it belonged: up in the air.

Even after the Iron Curtain fell and Germany was reunited after decades of separation, Tutima found it had long since established itself in its new West German home making a quick move back to Glashutte not an option. However on May 14, 2008, the building of the new factory began in Glashutte, bringing Tutima's story full circle.

Today, Tutima designs and develops their own watch movements, like caliber 617. This classic movement comprises 166 individual components of the highest quality, produced on CNC tooling machines and traditionally finished by hand. The self-produced spring barrel, gear train, and oscillating system are also utilized in the minute repeater. A staggering two to three years of planning and development may pass before a watch becomes a complete Tutima. This boundless passion and patience are the reason that at Tutima, special movement modules such as the chronograph caliber Tutima 521 are created. It is based on caliber ETA Valjoux 7750, and replaces the Swiss caliber Lemania 5100. The challenge of this module was not only to make sure that it reliably functions without compromise but also to pack it into the smallest possible amount of space. The result is a masterful construction that we have registered for a patent.

Not even three years later, Tutima presented a new masterpiece: the Tutima HOMMAGE. This first minute repeater to be completely developed and produced in Glashutte is a respectful bow to Tutima founder Dr. Ernst Kurtz. And one that had horological enthusiasts all over the world listening up. Thanks to its acoustic time signal, the HOMMAGE rang in a new era in the company's history.

With the presentation of its Saxon One, Grand Flieger, M2, and Patria to professional circles in April 2013, the brand introduced four entirely new watch families that all have one thing in common: they make up the first Tutima collection for 68 years to have been created in Glashutte. These watches are proof that a step backward can also lead into the future.
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