The Senator Chronometer has been around since 2009 is as yet perhaps the most acclaimed watches in the whole Glashütte Original assortment. Propelled by marine chronometers, it was additionally the primary Glashütte Original watch to display official chronometer status. And afterward comes the exquisite plan, the commonplace Saxon subtleties and the actual development (sorry, we love this watch here). To commend its 10th commemoration, Glashütte Original has chosen to give its Senator Chronometer an exquisite, contemporary facelift. Also, here it is.
Before we proceed onward, we exceptionally urge you to peruse the broad survey we as of late distributed on the blue dial/white gold variant of the Senator Chronometer.
Background: The Senator Chronometer
What few may know is that Glashütte was home to the making of the absolute best marine chronometers around. Deciding longitude was fundamental for nautical countries, in this manner numerous watchmakers worked on watches to be utilized on oceans. With Dresden’s glad practice of logical perception watches, it was not really astounding that the establishing fathers of Glashütte’s watchmaking industry in the 19th century were motivated to deliver German accuracy timekeeping instruments on a more modern scale. The creation of marine chronometers in Glashütte began in the year 1886 and proceeded in the VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (“GUB”) from 1951 on. Between the years 1886 and 1978 mechanical marine chronometers were delivered and between the years 1974 and 1992 quartz marine chronometers were additionally created. Altogether, the GUB delivered around 5,500 quartz marine chronometers and around 8,000 mechanical marine chronometers.
In 2009, Glashütte Original chose to utilize this rich history to make its most exact watch ever, the Senator Chronometer. The similitudes between the antique Glashütte marine chronometers and the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer – barring the chronologically erroneous Panorama Date window – underline the recorded ties that Glashütte Original has vindicated since it was procured by the Swatch Group in 2000. The watch showed a regular marine showcase, with enormous focal hands, a little seconds at 6 and a force hold at 12 o’clock. As often, time was perused on account of lengthened Roman numerals. The Senator Chronometer has been accessible in three unique variants (white gold/silver dial, rose gold/silver dial , white gold/blue dial ), all housed in a 42mm case.
The most attractive piece of this watch, notwithstanding, is its hand-wound type 58-01. It probably won’t be the most complex piece in the assortment, however the activity underneath deck and its official chronometer status set the Senator Chronometer in a class all its own. The creative stop-seconds/reset instrument with minute detent makes it a lot simpler to synchronize the moment and seconds hands when setting the time. At the point when the crown is pulled, the time show is halted and the seconds hand flashes back to nothing and stays there. At the same time the moment hand advances to the following entire moment. At the point when the crown is gone to set the time, the moment hand stops on the entire moment ensuring the right connection between the minutes and seconds showed. In other words, the watch can be set to the specific moment and second, as befits a “Made-in-Germany” chronometer. Another detail that talks about the exactness idea of this watch is the small snap you can feel for consistently when turning the crown.
The sapphire precious stone caseback uncovers the lovely manual-winding type 58-01, complete with the exemplary three-quarter plate with Glashütte stripes, the hand-engraved equilibrium cockerel, screw-mounted gold chatons, blued screws, excited surfaces, angled edges, perlage on the base plate, the swan-neck fine change and a planetary stuff train for the force save show. Wavering at 28,800vph, the running time is of 44 hours and 40 minutes.
The 2019 Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer
First of all, be consoled, the development is exceptionally unobtrusive – right on the money without a doubt, yet inconspicuous. This implies that the marine-chronometer motivation, the lovely execution, the rich design or the extraordinary type 58-01 have not been contacted. The update is about plan subtleties and extents. See underneath for a comparison between the 2009 model (left) and the 2019 model (right)
The first thing to note is that the 2019 Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer adheres to its 42mm breadth. Same goes for the stature, which has been kept at precisely the same 12.47mm. So what has changed? Above all else, the material. The case used to be pink gold and is presently made of red gold, giving the watch a marginally subtler and hotter tone. Then, the case has been overhauled a piece with a more slender bezel, giving more space for the dial.
Even however this doesn’t drastically change the watch, the outcome is more adjusted, sleeker and somewhat more current. The watch shows up “lighter” than it was previously, because of its more extensive bezel. The Senator Chronometer is currently offered on a dull earthy colored Louisiana croc leather tie with overlay clasp or pin lock in red gold.
The fundamental update may be noticeable on the dial side. The presentation is indistinguishable, with hours and minutes showed midway, a little seconds running at 6 o’clock, the Panorama Date actually situated at 3 o’clock and the “running time display” at 12 o’clock. Inside is a discreet day/night sign that improves on the setting of the date. It is situated in a round opening inside the running time show: from 6 AM until 6 PM, the little circle shows up in white, starting there on in black.
However, the completing of the dial has developed. Made in-house in the brand’s dial manufactory in Pforzheim, the dial presently has a fine grain on account of the silver-grained enamel, bringing about a smooth surface – a completing that we’ve found in ongoing GO’s manifestations. The railroad section ring, files and numerals are laser-engraved and accordingly excited in dark. All the engravings and numerals likewise seem more slender and more absolutely executed than in past models, again giving more tastefulness to the dial. All the hands are fire blued steel and have kept their mark design.
For the rest, the Senator Chronometer holds its magnificently completed and profoundly exact type 58-01 with stop-seconds, zero-reset and moment detent (the moment hand bounces ahead to the following entire moment list when pulling the crown).
The 2019 variant of the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer will be accessible as of one week from now (May 2019) at official shops and retailers and will be evaluated at EUR 25,700 (incl. Tank), which is a similar cost as the past adaptation. More subtleties at www.glashuette-original.com .