With the reunification of Germany in 1990 came the transformation of VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe into the Glashütter Uhrenbetrieb GmbH. The company is the official legal heir to all formerly independent watch companies extant in Glashütte up to 1951. Since 1994 the brand name “Glashütte Original” has stood for fine German watchmaking with a high degree of production depth. In 2000 Glashütte Original was honoured for the first time with the much sought-after title of “Watch of the Year”: Readers of the trade publication “Armbanduhren” and the “Welt am Sonntag” newspaper put the classic Senator “Perpetual Calendar” in first place. In October the Manufactory joined the Swatch Group Ltd., an important step for the growth of the locally renowned brand into a global luxury brand.