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A Brief Report of My Recent Trip to GO

October 14 2006 at 12:07 PM
zmxu  (Login zmxu)
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Between 5th and 7th October, I paid a short visit to GO's manufactury in Glashutte. The purpose of the visit was partly to accept an interview with MOMENTUM, partly to collect an extremely rare GO timepiece which was overhauled and kept by GO's Service Department, and partly to meet with friends at GO and to understand their latest development.

I flew to Dresden from London via Frankfurt. When I stepped out of the Baggage Reclaim Area, I saw Mr. Rene Marx right outside the Exit. The first time we met each other was dated back to 2003 when our thePuristS group visited GO. Rene was still young, humourous and energetic. He drove me to the hotel and asked me to take a rest and wait for dinner.

At 0700pm, I met Rene and Mr. Wolfgang Stelling, GO's newly hired Head of Marketing, and we sit down together at the hotel's dinning room called Restaurant Caroussel (what an interesting name!). Mr. Stelling joined GO some seven months ago. Although he was not working in the watch industry prior to his current job, he seemed to pick up watch related knowledge very quickly. Three of us had a wonderful three-hour dinner and talking. Mr. Stelling and Rene told me quite a lot about their forthcoming marketing campaingn and I was deeply impressed.

The foods provided by Caroussel and its service as well were simply great! The following is a photo showing one of the "many" dishes, but I have to appologize for forgeting what it was.



The next morning I went to Glashutte with Rene for a factory tour. After I sit down in a meeting room, I saw Dr. Frank Muller, Mr. Stelling, and Mr. Andreas Loffler coming in. It has been almost a year since I met both Dr. Muller and Andreas in Hong Kong on 28th October 2005. I was lucky, as Dr Muller was supposed to travel to another place on that day; I was also lucky as Andreas just came back from Washington one day earlier. Dr. Muller made a very heart-touching greeting speech and briefly explained to me what GO has been achieving and what GO will do in the near future. After that short conversation, my tour started.

This was my second tour into the very heart of Glashutte Original. I toured around most of its departments, accompanied by Rene and Andreas(Many GO fans must be very familiar with Andreas as he is the ONE who conducts watch making demonstrations for every GO function worldwide!). As I was a fan of GO's Meissen collection, Rene and Andreas were very kind to arrange some special sections for me to learn about how a GO timepiece with Meissen dial is being crafted. I was deeply amazed by what I saw!

Well, I did took many photos inside the manufactory and I would like to show some of them in the following:


A Master Watchmaker is assembling a PanoMatic Tourbillon


Checking and adjusting balance wheels


Tin polishing, only time can tell!


The Masterpiece Workshop, everything becomes possible here!

As soon as the tour finished, I had an interview with GO's magazine MOMENTUM, talking about why and how I fall in love with Glashutte Original timepieces. After the lunch, Andreas invited me to do two watchmaking tests, one was to put a tiny gold screw into balance wheel and the other was to quench a steel screw and turn it into blue colour. It was a great fun, although I did not pass the first one (I made it last time in Hong Kong, possibly because my eyes are getting blurer right now). Following the tests, another highlight finally came. Mr. Hardy Koppe, GO's Service Manager, handed me over a long-awaited watch to me. It is a Julius Assmann 2, one of the 25 pieces made by GO in 1997 with 25 unique Meissen dials. I purchased this watch from a German private collector but took over two years to complete the deal. Mr. Koppe did a great great job to have this watch fully serviced. Not only it looks like a brand new watch, but it also runs like other GO watches with the highest accuracy possible.

In the afternoon, Rene and Andreas accompanied me for a tour in Dresden and River Elbe, and the following is a photo of the famous Summer Palace in Pillnitz alone the Elbe:



After the tour, we had a dinner in the traditional German restaurant at the riverside. Later, Dr. Muller came to join us for a beer. He talked about his job, his passion and a very tiny piece of information about what GO will launch for next year. He also provided me with some insights about certain GO watches, particular the Senator Calendar Week. Without his kind explanation, I would never know how complicated this watch is. A detailed description of this watch will be posted seperately.


From the right, Rene, Andreas, Dr. Muller and myself. Dr. Muller is holding my PG Senator Natvigator Perpetual Calendar

I would like to take this opportunity to thank with my heart all friends at GO for this wonderful visit. I particularly would like to thank Dr. Muller, Mr. Stilling, Mr. Kopper, Rene and Andreas for every minute they spent with me. I herewith wish them all the best and Glashutte Original every success!

Thanks for looking

Zhiming Xu

 
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M&G Pfeifle
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Thank you for this wonderful report ...

October 15 2006, 1:20 AM 

... and your marvelous photos! We are sure you had a great time in Glashuette, and we would like to view more photos from your tour.
Hey, we saw that you guys were drinking Bavarian beer in Saxony.
Shame on you
Do you have some wrist-shots or close-ups of your Julius Assmann 2?
Kind regards
M&G

 
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zmxu
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Frankly speaking, I cannot tell the difference between

October 19 2006, 7:58 AM 

Bavarian beer and Saxony beer. BUT, I do believe we have tested both as the photo only shows one of the several rounds. Moreover, I did test a Saxony white wine and it was superb.

How about photos of my new purchase, I havent got the time to do the macro-photography yet. But will do it soon.

Thanks again for looking.

Zhiming

 
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Dennis Yeow
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Thank You for the wonderful report...

October 15 2006, 4:33 AM 

Hope I would be able to visit GO Manufactury in the near future. Please do post photos of your Julius Assmann 2.
Thank you

 
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JackB
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Appreciate the report. The photos of your experience are informative. (nt)

October 15 2006, 5:22 AM 

nt

 
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Toby
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Thank you...

October 15 2006, 8:31 PM 

... for the report, Mr. Zhiming Xu. You brought a nice human touch to your tour of GO; a touch lacking from other reports focusing more on watches and whatnot. I look forward to visiting GO one day.....


Regards,

Toby

 
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MTF
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Hey Zhiming! Scallops>>

October 15 2006, 9:59 PM 

Nice to see you and GO people again, at least in photos.
The current Mrs MTF and I were with your 2003 visit to GO with ThePuristS and we envy your re-visit!

We remember the visit to Meissen factory because the 2 most excited people were HTF and you. You both have a fetish about pottery...oops, I mean porcelain . That's 'bone china' to the British...hehe.

BTW, the food photo seems to be the Starter: scallops in pumpkin chutney sauce.

Best regards,
MTF


    
This message has been edited by MelvynTeillolFoo on Oct 16, 2006 10:04 AM


 
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zmxu
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Haha...nice to "see" you again! Tell you what, I swear the

October 19 2006, 8:04 AM 

dish is not the Starter, as I remember it was an extra thing given by the kitchen....before the Starter!

Wish you were there

Zhiming

 
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SuitbertW
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Nice to see you again.....

October 16 2006, 2:10 AM 

...as well as some other familiar faces!

Hi Zhiming,
it looks you've had a great time in Glashütte, once again.

I hope we'll meet again somewhere in the future - and thanks alot forsharing this great pictures!

Best regards

Suitbert

 
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zmxu
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Thanks Suitbert, shall we aim for the Besel Fair 2007? (nt)

October 19 2006, 8:06 AM 

nt

 
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Valentin Blank
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Wonderful report, Zhiming.

October 18 2006, 2:34 AM 

Hi Zhiming

Some of these faces look familiar to me. Therefore, I have not the slightest problem with imagining that you had a superb time. These guys are excellent hosts.

I really liked your workshop pictures as well as the shot from the Summer Palace. Wow!

Cheers, Valentin

 
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zmxu
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I did have a great time! and happy to know you like those photos. Thanks! (nt)

October 19 2006, 8:08 AM 

nt

 
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zmxu
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Dear friends, first of all I would like to appologize

October 19 2006, 7:53 AM 

for my belated response. I traveled to China right after posting this report but had problem there to access to thePuristS (it has been the problem for a long time). I am very happy to see you here and really hope we can go back to Dresden/Glashutte together in the near future!

All the best

Zhiming

 
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Marcus Hanke
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Thank you so much for your report, but could you send me the pictures? ...

October 24 2006, 3:41 AM 

... Unfortunately, the links to the pics are broken already, but I would like to have the pics on a permanent location, if you permit.

With best regards,
Marcus

 
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zmxu
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Marcus, have you received the photos? (nt)

November 2 2006, 11:12 PM 

NT

 
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