ON TIME, EVERYWHERE
The Senator Cosmopolite for globetrotters is a perfect blend of technical ingenuity, intuitive operation and refined aesthetics.
For the consummate traveller, a multiple time zone watch is a vital companion that tracks and displays home time, allowing it to be read at a glance anywhere in the world. The typical examples of such timepieces are the GMT and worldtimer.
These complications have remained largely identical since their initial development, and continue to be relied on today. Ever the innovator, Glashutte Original has created what is possibly the best way to track and display a second time zone.
MEET THE SENATOR COSMOPOLITE
The Senator Cosmopolite shows the local time via its central hands, with a small seconds subdial at six o’clock and large date at four o’clock rounding up the usual displays. There is also an additional day/night indicator for local time at nine o’clock.
Meanwhile, the second time zone is tracked via the subdial at 12 o’clock, which shows the time along with its own day/ night indicator. The watch automatically computes and displays the time in this subdial, based on what time zones its wearer has set in the apertures at eight o’clock. What sets the Senator Cosmopolite apart is how it tracks all the 35 time zones that are in use today, complete with Daylight Saving for every applicable one. This includes time zones that are offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) by 30 or 45 minutes.
Nepal’s time zone, for instance, is an unconventional UTC +5:45. Reading Nepal’s time off a conventional GMT/ worldtimer watch will thus require an additional step of subtracting 15 minutes, as those watches track only offsets in complete hours. In the Senator Cosmopolite, however, the second time zone indicator displays the correct time – no further mental sums are necessary.
Ingenious mechanical solution aside, what’s also important here is how user-friendly the Senator Cosmopolite is. Thanks to the simple interface, adjusting any part of the watch is a cinch; the movement’s complexities remain hidden under the dial and out of the way. An example of fine watchmaking, the Senator Cosmopolite’s time zone mechanism is backed by the rest of the in-house Calibre 89-02 movement powering it. This movement’s swan neck regulator allows every individual movement to be precisely adjusted for timekeeping accuracy.
Meanwhile, an off-centre rotor keeps the watch powered by the motions of its owner’s wrist, while the 72-hour power reserve, displayed via the sector at 12 o’clock, ensures sufficient autonomy – and the convenience that comes with it.
Calibre 89-02 is also finished to exceptional standards. This is put on display, via the see-through caseback. The hallmarks of German watchmaking are all here, including blued screws, Glashutte ribbing, hand-engraved decorative motifs, and bi-colour galvanisation of the balance cock.
The Senator Cosmopolite is arguably the epitome of watchmaking according to Glashutte Original – complex beneath the hood, yet easy to read and operate. It is available in both white and red gold, as well as steel.