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Hands-on Review: Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

The Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite is one of the rare watches that display the time in two zones at once (home time and destination time) offering a choice of 35 world time zones instead of the more usual 24. This exclusive complication is implemented in an elegant way which makes it possible to have a dial with a clean design without crowding it with the names of many towns as it happens with world timers. Even better, setting the destination time is very simple and all the complexity of the mechanism is hidden in the manufacture movement.

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

Thanks to these features, the Senator Cosmopolite is the ideal watch for frequent travellers or whoever needs to keep track of time in other countries, of course without being limited to these categories.

The German watchmaker introduced the Senator Cosmopolite in 2015 presenting two versions with red gold and white gold cases to frame classic dials with Roman numerals. In 2018, the line expanded with a new stainless steel model matched to a dial with Arabic numerals.

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

We had the opportunity to wear and test this new model variation for an entire week and we are now delighted to share our hands-on experience.

The Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel comes in a 44 mm case with a pleasing alternation of satin-brushed and brilliantly polished surfaces. Despite its imposing size, the watch sits comfortably on average wrists (the wrist in our pictures is 17.7 cm / 7 in) thanks to short and slightly curved lugs.

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

Wristshot of the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

Three crowns and a corrector on the caseband control all the functions of the watch. We will explain them later in the article.

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

The slim bezel leaves more space to the dial, whose readability at first glance is excellent. Its matte white lacquered background offers the ideal contrast for the blue printed hour numerals, blue appliques and thermally blued hands.

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel


The numerous indications are efficiently arranged: home time display with related day/night indicator and power reserve at 12 o'clock, the local time day/night indicator with a small sun and stylised night sky at 9 o’clock, small seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock, and the signature Panorama Date at 4 o'clock. The two auxiliary dials are circumscribed by a slim, brilliant silver ring, a detail which adds refinement to the dial.





At 8 o’clock we find two small windows. They are used to display the 35 time zones using the IATA (International Air Transport Association) location codes. These 3-letter codes identify airports and cities. A few examples that you can see in our pictures: JFK is used for New York (USA), LPB for La Paz (Bolivia), LON for London (England), FRA for Frankfurt (Germany) and IST for Istanbul (Turkey). The windows are two because they indicate whether Daylight Saving Time (DST) or Standard Time (STD) is in effect in the destination time zone.

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

Time zones are 35 because not all of them are offset from the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) reference time in intervals of one hour. The 24 time zones with a full-hour deviation are indicated using a black IATA code; a further nine time zones with half-hour offsets from GMT are shown in blue, and the remaining three IATA codes with quarter- or three-quarter hour offsets appear in red.


Setting the time is an easy task. The home time can be set using the crown at 2 o'clock while the local time zone is selected using the crown at 8 o'clock. When travelling east (forward in time), you turn the crown at 4 o'clock clockwise until the IATA code for the destination time zone appears in the corresponding DST or STD window. When travelling west (back in time), just turn the crown counter-clockwise. In both cases the central hour and minute hands shift forwards or back in 15-minute steps, so that the IATA code for the destination time zone can be seen in the DST or STD window.

You are done. The central hour and minute hands indicate the correct time at the destination. Additionally, the indicator at 9 o'clock shows whether it is day or night and the correct date is prominently displayed at 4 o'clock. If the time at the chosen destination is ahead or back a day, the Panorama Date display will change accordingly without user intervention.

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

The date can also be adjusted using the corrector positioned on the caseband at 9 o'clock. It is here worth to mention that the two concentric discs used to display the date are mounted on the same level without needing a vertical bar to separate them. This solution is more complex to achieve but it offers the advantage of better legibility and enhanced elegance.

The sophisticated manufactory Calibre 89-02 is a beauty and can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back. Comprised of over 400 individual components, this self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and offers a power reserve of no less than 72 hours or 3 days.

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

Characterised by the typical three-quarter plate architecture, the Calibre 89-02 is decorated with Glashütte stripe finish, bevelled edges and polished/blued screws. The skeletonized off-centre rotor with 21-ct gold oscillation weight is embellished by the brand’s double-G logo (also used to decorate the crowns).

Finally, the hand-engraved and galvanised balance cock with swan-neck spring is simply outstanding and an eye-catcher when you turn the watch.

The movement of the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

The Senator Cosmopolite is a precious timepiece but also a robust one offering waterproofness to a pressure of 5 bars and shock resistance. It is matched to a beautifully crafted dark blue Louisiana alligator strap that can be secured to the wrist by a pin buckle or by a fold-over clasp, like the model that we reviewed.


With prices of Euro 20,700 with pin-buckle (ref. 1-89-02-03-02-01) or Euro 21,000 with folding clasp (ref. 1-89-02-03-02-30), the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite in Stainless Steel is a prestigious timepiece whose contemporary look will be at ease in any situation. For its ingenious dial layout and sophisticated mechanisms, this model will certainly appeal any mechanical watch enthusiast, frequent traveller or not. glashuette-original.com


Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

The Calibre 89-02 equipping the Glashutte Original Senator Cosmopolite

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel

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Hands-on Review: Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel
Our review of the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite in Stainless Steel, an exclusive timepiece whose contemporary look will be at ease in any situation. Explained with lot of exclusive pictures. Price and specs. Hand-on experience with the Glashuuette Original Senator Cosmopolite in Stainless Steel Ref. 1-89-02-03-02.
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