Picture of excellence
GLASHÜTTE UNVEILS ITS NEW CALIBRE 36, HOUSED IN THE SENATOR EXCELLENCE TIMEPIECE
GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL RECENTLY launched the new Senator Excellence timepiece, which apart from looking particularly good in a classic sort of way, is the first watch to feature the brand’s new Calibre 36.
As they created the core movement, the German watchmaker’s designers were guided by four principles—extreme stability in rate as well as overall construction; maximum precision; extended running time; and an aesthetic of timeless beauty. The brand says that the caliber represents the quintessence of the manufactory’s broad range of craft skills and is destined to serve as a solid foundation for future challenges.
Reliability and robust construction have always been valued highly in the making of watches at Glashütte Original. These timepieces are made to accompany their owners reliably as they go about their busy lives, and are duty-bound to uphold the reputation of their ‘Made in Germany’ seal of origin.
Contributing to substantial stability as well is an innovative bayonet mount used to settle the movement in the case—similar to a bayonet mount for a camera lens. This renders the construction as a whole extremely shock-resistant and, at the same time, easy to assemble and service.
The new caliber features, for the first time, a movement fitted with a silicon hairspring. Not only does the material render the ultra-thin spring immune to changes in temperature and to magnetic fields, but its oscillation is extremely isochronous. Its advantages are ideally matched to the mechanics of the movement: a bi-directional winding mechanism ensures that the watch remains within the optimal charge range; a guarantee for excellent rate results.
In addition, a regulator-free oscillation system makes it possible to adjust the rate using weighted screws directly on the balance rim. The movement is tested and adjusted by Glashütte Original in six different positions—one more than a chronometer certification test would normally require.
The upshot of all of this means that the calibre offers a power reserve of over 100 hours.
In terms of the exterior, a slim bezel and the domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective on both sides, offer superb views and lend this timepiece its simple elegance. The finely ribbed crown bears the brand’s representative double- Glashütte logo, carried by all mechanical watches in the collection. The polished and satin-brushed surfaces of the case reflect the light and are harmoniously attuned to each other.