The Senator Excellence line, launched by Glashütte Original at Baselworld 2016 for the introduction of its new Calibre 36 manufacture automatic movement, expands with two new models.
After the time-only version that we presented here, we have two typical complications of the German watchmaker: panorama date and moon phases.
The Senator Excellence Panorama Date places the watchmaker's well-known date display at centre stage. The secret of its exceptional legibility lies in the mounting of two concentric display discs on the same level, which makes it possible to present the two numerals comprising the date without the central separation bar.
The Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase combines the date display with the moon phase complication. A silvery moon glimpses through a softly curving window between 10 and 11 o'clock. The silhouette of the moon is nicely set off by a starry, galvanic blue sky.
All functions can be controlled via the crown without any need for additional correctors: in position 1 the crown serves to wind the watch, in position 2 both the date and moon phase can be set, and position 3 permits the owner to set the time of day.
Thanks to its fine-toothed gear the moon phase also scores high in terms of precision. Once correctly set, and assuming that the watch runs continuously, the moon phase indication will require no manual adjustment for the next 122 years.
The two models are presented in a 40 mm diameter case featuring polished and satin-brushed surfaces proposed in stainless steel or red gold.
A slim bezel frames the silver-grained dial and its laser-cut, galvanic black hour indexes and matching railroad chapter ring. On the stainless steel model the drawn minute numerals are also lasercut and galvanized in black, while the red gold version features minute numerals printed in luminous red.
Blued-steel pear-shaped hands and a filigree seconds hand render both timepieces easily legible.
The manufacture Calibre 36 features an innovative silicon balance spring for the highest precision while a single spring barrel provides a power reserve of more than 100 hours at a frequency of 4 Hertz (28,800 vibrations per hour).
Each Senator Excellence timepiece is carefully tested for 24 days – under conditions even tougher than those in force for the demanding German Chronometer certification test. A special engraving on the case back serves as a seal of quality for every single watch.
Prices range from Euro 8,600 / US$ 10,400 for the Senator Excellence Panorama Date in stainless steel to Euro 20,400 / US$ 21,900 for the Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase in red gold. glashuette-original.com