From the opening countdown to the closing ceremonies of the 66th Berlinale the Saxon watchmaker was pleased to host hundreds of film industry professionals, journalists, fans and friends of the art of making movies.
This year in the lounge, the firm told the story of the Senator Cosmopolite, the timepiece designed for the modern world traveller; different IATA codes lead to faraway cities and key moments from the history of the Berlinale. Also featured in the lounge was the new Senator Chronometer, premiering in Berlin in advance of its official debut at Baselworld 2016 next month.
Once again, Glashütte Original hosted a series of receptions during the year; 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.Almost every day during the festival the German watchmaker 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 the manufactory 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.