There aren’t a lot of watches that can steal my heart just on winding. But, somehow, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer watch did exactly that. This timepiece, unveiled earlier this year in Baselworld and coming to stores now, is a winning watch in so many ways. Here we bring you a look at 3 reasons why this timepiece is a must-have for the watch lover in you.
- Looks. The 42mm 18-karat white gold Senator Chronometer is a new version of the marine chronometer line first unveiled by the brand in 2009. It is slimmer and more elegant. Crafted in 18-karat white gold with a stunning finely grained blue dial, the watch is mesmerizing from across a room. The extraordinary blue of the granular dial shimmers differently in every light and offers a host of hues depending on the lighting where you are. The dial offers a small subsidiary seconds dial at 6:00 and a power reserve indicator at 12:00. There is also an am/pm indicator on the power reserve disk that is very discreet — turning dark when it is pm and is white when it is am. The Glashütte Original Panorama Date is visible via an aperture at 3:00, and there is an alluring white minute track that runs around the circumference of the dial. In all the presentation is a rich blue and white that is difficult to turn away from.
2) Mechanics. From the moment I removed the watch from the box, I was hooked. Yes, the looks had a lot to do with that, but what really stole my heart was the winding. As soon as I picked it up to set it, I could feel — and hear — the beauty of the manually wound Caliber 58-01. The movement feature a stop-seconds mechanism (that stops the seconds hand when the crown is pulled out) that enables the wearer to set the time with greater accuracy. In fact, the minute hand moves with tiny clicks – 60 – for incredibly precise time setting. The movement endows the watch with 44 hours of power reserve. Additionally, the large three-quarter plate is meticulously finished with Glashutte Original meticulous finishings — . visible via a sapphire case back.
3) Provenance and price. The German-made Senator Chronometer is a testament to how far the Glashutte Original brand has come in its German watch Manufacture. The timepiece is tested — after having been cased — for precision chronometry by the German Calibration Service. This stringent German testing adds one more step than typical Swiss COSC certification. Finished with a blue alligator leather strap and white gold clasp, the watch retails for $32,200 — making the German provenance, style, craftsmanship and precision a great package.