The Sen­a­tor Cos­mopo­lite for glo­be­trot­ters is a per­fect blend of tech­ni­cal in­ge­nu­ity, in­tu­itive op­er­a­tion and re­fined aes­thet­ics.

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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.


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.

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