Glashütte Original is working hard to bring a more contemporary feel to its usual German design.
FOR QUITE SOME YEARS ALREADY, GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL IS WORKING HARD TO BRING A MORE CONTEMPORARY FEEL TO ITS USUAL GERMAN DESIGN. NEW COLLECTIONS ARE BRINGING A YOUNGER AND MORE MODERN TASTE TO ITS TEUTONIC PIECES, FOR BASELWORLD 2018, WITH THE SENATOR EXCELLENCE PERPETUAL CALENDAR LIMITED EDITION.
The latest addition to the Senator Excellence family combines mechanical beauty with a modern, technical feel that was somewhat absent from the previous collections. Glashütte Original introduced for Baselworld 2018 a new, open-worked limited edition of its perpetual calendar. Bolder but still in line with the brand’s expectation, it is a refreshing novelty.
It is not the first time that Glashütte Original offers an openworked watch. Other watches with such decoration were usually quite baroque and old-fashioned - curved skeletonised bridges adorned with arabesques. Glashütte Original has made use of this technique to implement a fresh, modern design.
The Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar has a 42mm case, with brushed and polished surfaces, as well as the same display for the perpetual calendar - Panorama date at 4 o’clock, moon-phase at 8 o’clock, day-of-theweek, month and leap year at respectively 10, 2 and 12 o’clock. And finally, central hands for the hours, minutes and seconds. What changes is the metal in which the case is crafted; here 18k white gold - usually, the Senator Excellence collection is only available in steel or 18k red gold.
Then is the dial, in matte grey. It has been partially opened in the centre and around the indications to reveal the main plate of the perpetual calendar module. This plate is decorated with an elaborate guilloche decoration, crafted by hand in
“It is not the first time that Glashütte Original offers an openworked watch. Other watches with such decoration were usually quite baroque and old-fashioned.”
the watchmaker’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim. This plate is partially opened to reveal the interplay of the calendar discs.
The Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition is powered by the in-house Calibre 36-02 automatic movement, which is visible through the sapphire case back. Offering an impressive 100 hours of power reserve, it features 43 jewels and oscillates at 28,800vph. In true German style, the movement is beautifully decorated and features a Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish, bevelled edges, polished steel parts, and a skeletonised rotor with 21ct gold oscillation weight.
To complete this modern look, the Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition features several blue accents that contrast with the silver and grey colours used all around - blue alligator strap, blued hands and blue minute markers. This watch will be produced in 100 pieces only.
Launched in 2015, the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite is perhaps the most completely equipped travel watch on the market. Not only can it track 36 time-zones, including the 13 that differ in half and quarter hours, but it also comes with a Daylight Savings Time function an esoteric yet necessary feature that ought to exist in any travel watch. And despite the surfeit of information it can read, the watch retains a remarkably minimalist dial.
While it was previously available only in white or red gold, with the commensurate price tags, Glashütte Original has just unveiled the stainless-steel version ahead at Baselworld 2018. The new Senator Cosmopolite is decidedly less formal in appearance, perhaps even more functional, featuring dark blue Arabic numerals instead of Romans over a matte white lacquered dial that also has a simplified minute track.
The case remains the same 44mm in diameter and 14mm in height. And so does the movement and functions. Local time is displayed with the central hands while home time is indicated in the subdial at 12 o’clock. A tiny aperture in the subdial shows the day or night at home while a power reserve indicator charts the movement’s 72hour power reserve.
The Senator Cosmopolite includes all of the world’s 36 time-zones, and each indicated by the three-letter official IATA location code that refers to the international airport in the zone: ”BKK” for Bangkok and “PEK” for Beijing.
The matte grey dial has been partially opened in the centre and around the indications to reveal the main plate of the perpetual calendar module
This Limited Edition is powered by the inhouse Calibre 36-02 automatic movement
The Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar has a 42mm case, with brushed and polished surfaces
The Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition
The new Senator Cosmopolite is decidedly less formal in appearance
Time-zones are indicated by the three-letter official IATA location code that refers to the international airport in the zone