The Glashütte Original has just pre-launched two new interpretations of the classic Senator Panorama Date and the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase. Both feature a larger and more classical looking dial, with Roman numerals, comparable with the dial of the beautiful Senator Chronometer that we showed back in 2009.
I’ve always felt that the collection of this German watch brand was rather wide and diverse, with an enormous number of references. I hope this new design, which already started with the aforementioned Senator Chronometer, but also with the Senator Observer 1911 Julius Assmann, will become the inspiration for revamping the entire Senator collection.
Let’s have a closer look at both new models, which are available in red gold and stainless steel. The slimmer bezel design, leaves room for a lacquered silver-grain dial with a finely textured surface, surrounded by gorgeous deep black Roman numerals with a classic black railroad chapter ring. The signature large date, called Panorama Date, features on both new models and this is probably the best looking big date to be found on any watch.
The blued steel ‘poire’-shaped hands remind me of Peter Speake-Marin’s original Piccadilly with enamel dial and the newer Resilience and HMS. OK, the hour hand looks more slender, but the minute hand looks exactly the same. The central seconds hand, also blued steel, features the signature GO logo as counter weight.
The pusher that always adorned the left hand side of the Senator case, has been replaced by a small inset corrector. It serves, like it’s pusher-predecessor, to reset the seconds hand to zero and enables the wearer to set his/her Glashütte Original exact to the second. Personally I didn’t mind, no I even prefer, the pusher. On the other hand I can imagine that a feature like this is also a hassle, as it always has to be explained to potential customers, which aren’t always educated W.I.S. like the average Monochrome reader.
The dial layout of both new models differs, not only by the addition of a half round aperture through which the moon phase is visible, but also by the position where the brand’s name and hometown are printed. On the Senator Panorama Date the name ‘Glashütte Original” is printed on the upper center part of the dial and at the lower part, also perfectly centered, it reads “Glashütte i/SA” which means Glashütte in Saxony. On the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase’s dial the Glashütte Original is printed besides the 9 o’clock position and “Glashütte i/SA” opposite at the 3 o’clock position.
Like the previous versions, the two new ones come in a 40 mm round case with polished and brushed surfaces, however with a slimmer bezel and without visible zero-reset pusher. While both Senator models are available on an alligator leather strap with folding clasp, the stainless steel version of both models is also available with a stainless steel bracelet.
Inside we still find Glashütte Original’s superb in-house movements, caliber 100-03 (in the Senator Panorama Date) and caliber 100-04 (in the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase). Both automatically wound movements, based on the base caliber 100, offer a 55 hour power reserve and feature the Glashütte signature three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing finish.
The caliber 100 base movement measures 31.15 mm in diameter and 5.6 mm in height, features a central skeletonized rotor with 21-karat gold oscillation weight. The escapement features a screw balance with 18 weighted gold screws, a flat balance spring and a a swan-neck fine adjustment. The balance vibrates at a rhythm of 28.800 vibrations per hour and the movement offers 55 hours of power reserve.
For more information, please visit the Glashütte Original website.
This article is written by Frank Geelen, executive editor for Monochrome Watches.