Excellent premiere of a refined complication
The perpetual calendar is considered one of the most desirable of complications in the art of watchmaking, and one that is expressive of a wealth of craft traditions. Its sophisticated mechanisms bear witness to the expertise, manual dexterity and passion of its developers: a calendar function that assures the correct constellation of date, weekday and leap year up to the year 2100 A.D. has every right to proclaim itself eternal. With the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar, Glashütte Original lends this refined complication an articularly contemporary appearance. At the same time, the manufactory maintains the new standard set by the Calibre 36 and raises it to the highest level of the watchmaker’s art. The model is thus the most recent highlight in a new generation of timekeepers. They offer proof of their excellence in the form of a certificate documenting the exceptional results of extensive in-house testing of each and every watch.
In the art of watchmaking, the perpetual calendar is considered to be a particularly sophisticated complication. The complex and intelligent mechanism guarantees a precise presentation of the date, weekday and month – even taking leap years into account – with no need for manual correction for more than one hundred years to come. With the new manufactory Calibre 36 this watchmaking achievement, which has long been a fixture of the Glashütte Original collection, has been redefined in terms of precision, stability, running time and beauty. Thus there is a good reason for the tradition-rich perpetual calendar to join – starting today – the young Senator Excellence family. The new model takes the fundamental features of the “Excellence” line and develops them further. In their design and construction of the new movement, Glashütte Original’s engineers have made every effort to achieve maximum stability and user-friendliness while ensuring the watch remains easy to service. Along with hours, minutes and seconds, the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar presents the characteristic Glashütte Original Panorama Date, a finely worked moon phase, and weekday, month and leap year indicators.
As for setting and adjustment of the watch, nothing could be simpler: setting of the date can be monitored directly in the display window, while discreet correctors on the case enable adjustments to weekday, month and moon phase displays. Although the
exceptional power reserve of 100 hours ensures the correct interplay of the displays for many hours after its owner has set the watch aside, the eminently practical universal corrector makes it possible – should it ever prove necessary – to change the day, date and month with a few simple moves.
Forever young: timeless design
While it is true that the many different displays on the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar offer exceptional legibility, they deserve a second – or even a third – look. Every detail has been honed to perfection by experienced artisans in the watchmaker’s own dial manufactory. The curve of the moon phase at 8 o’clock, for instance, echoes the gently sweeping lines of the case, while the domed moon in relief is set off by a starry, galvanic blue sky. The Panorama Date at 4 o’clock as well as weekday and month windows are presented, as in a passe-partout, in a softly curved frame. For the leap year one need only glance at a separate display beneath hour 12. The hand moves counter-clockwise across a scale of 1 to 4, ensuring unmistakable clarity for every year, not just the clearly marked leap year.
Thoroughly in keeping with its claim to eternal youth, the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar presents a timelessly elegant appearance. The watch features a 42 mm diameter case, available in satin-polished stainless steel or red gold, and is water resistant to 5 bar (50 meters). The light hue of the silver-grained dial is echoed in the window displays and highlights in contrast the laser-cut, galvanic black indexes and railroad chapter ring. While the stainless steel model presents the leap year and minute numerals in black, in the red gold version these are printed in red, complemented by slim, blued-steel hands and an elegant black or brown Louisiana alligator leather bracelet with pin buckle or foldover clasp.
An excellent basis: the manufactory Calibre 36
The heart of the Senator Excellence family is the Calibre 36 automatic movement, which was developed to meet the demand conditions of life today. An innovative silicon spiral enables extreme precision, while a single spring barrel ensures a power reserve of more than 100 hours, at a frequency of 4 Hertz (28,800 half oscillations per hour). The latest addition to the ever-expanding family of movements from Glashütte Original is dedicated to stability in two ways: in terms of rate precision – due to its compact construction – but also in its use of an innovative bayonet mount to securing the movement within the case. Finally, refined decorative finishing and characteristic Glashütte construction features ensure that the inner and outer beauty of the mechanical heart complement each other in a harmonious manner – in all versions of the Senator Excellence.
Certified precision – with a refined complication
The Senator Excellence line fulfills the watchmaker’s promise of a new standard of quality. Each of these watches – perpetual calendar, three-hand model, with Panorama Date or Panorama Date and moon phase – is subjected in the Saxon manufactory to a series of
rigorous tests over a period of 24 days, under conditions even more demanding than those of the challenging German Chronometer test. The requirements are identical for all Senator Excellence models, regardless of the type or number of complications. A special engraving on the case back serves as the seal of quality on every single watch. In addition, the owner of a Senator Excellence is provided with the key test results for his watch in the form of an individual Examination Certificate. An exclusive online portal also offers the owner access to comprehensive information regarding the various testing procedures, along with the complete test results.
Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar will be available in Lugaro stores late summer 2017.