The Saxon watchmaker Glashütte Original has launched a new version of its perpetual calendar piece from the Senator series. It is distinguished with a new galvanic blue face with a pristine classical design and exceptional beauty which updates the previously released white colored predecessor. The newcomer is powered by a manufacture self-winding mechanical movement and set in a steel housing. As the latest addition to the brand’s Boutique collection, it is available for sale solely in the brand’s network of official shops at the price of $20,335.
Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar is meant as a piece which will show off the brand’s ability and expertise in the creation of extraordinary looking colored dials. This new dial of intense blue color which changes its shade depending on the light is a final result of a long-lasting and complex process that includes around 40 separate operations. During its creation, the craftsmen that create it must take several important things into account. Among others, they include making sure that the tension is at the specific level, that the dial is dipped into the bath for precise amount of time, as well as to keep the right distance between various elements.
The blue face of the watch is encircled with a railroad minute track and includes slim and painted Roman numerals on the flange. Furthermore, it features three central hands in the recognizable shape, which is seen throughout the collection of the manufacturer with the workshops in Glashütte. The calendar indications are shown in apertures which lay in a slightly asymmetric outlay that is very eye-pleasing. At the three o’clock position there is a month display, while opposite of it, on the right side, there is a days of the week indicator. There is also a Panorama date display at the four o’clock position, as well as the moon phase one across the vertical axis. Finally, there is also a dot slightly above the center of the face which tells whether it is a leap or a common year.
Focusing on the new type of the dial does not mean that its technical traits are not impressive. Actually, it is quite the opposite since the watch is supplied with an in-house automatic movement which includes a perpetual calendar feature. The only reason why it is not in the spotlight is because it was previously used in the former incarnation of Senator Perpetual Calendar model.
To be precise, it is Calibre 100-02 with 59 jewels variant of the basic manufactory movement (with the addition of a perpetual calendar function). This automatic movement is 31.15 mm wide and just 4.2 mm thick. It operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph and has a slightly extended power reserve which lasts for 55 hours. It features a three-quarter plate with the striped motif and possesses a bi-directional winding skeletonized rotor decorated with a 21 K gold oscillating weight. Moreover, it has a swan-neck fine adjustment and it is decorated with polished finish for steel part and with beveled edges.
Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar is placed inside a mirror-polished stainless steel housing whose width is 42 mm, while the thickness measures to 13.6 mm. its dial is surrounded with a fixed bezel and it is guarded with a sapphire crystal, while supported waterproofness measures to 50 meters.
The blue-faced watch is paired with a Louisiana alligator leather strap in the same color. This finely wrought deep blue strap fastens with a fold-over clasp made of stainless steel.
Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar with a new type of dial is introduced in the Boutique collection of the manufacturer alongside another similar model from the Senator line. Unlike the watch we reviewed, its only feature that complements three hands is its moon phase display. This contributed to its lower price (when compared to the perpetual calendar) of around $10.490.