Well, you should know about now, blue is the new black. We’ve seen many watches, both new ones and simply existing ones with new dial iteration, sporting a blue colour – sometimes with success, sometimes with some quite strange result if we are being honest. The conservative but qualitative German manufacture Glashütte Original has already followed this trend, by applying a blue dial on watches that are certainly their best-sellers: the PanoMatic Lunar and the PanoReserve. And we were pleased to see a very elegant result, that is now applied on some other classical watches of the collection. Here are Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar & Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase Boutique Editions with blue dials.
These are two of the most classical watches manufactured by Glashütte Original: polished cases, Roman numerals, thin rail-road minute track and typical GO hands are the main characteristics of the Perpetual Calendar & Panorama Date Moon Phase. You won’t even be surprised to know that these two are part of the Senator collection, a collection where the watches are clean, understated, usually quite cold in their design but also quite complicated. That’s also why most of them feature silvery-white dials – with some exceptions of course, like the recent black edition of the Glashütte Original Senator Observer. This sort of severity in the design will end soon, with the addition of blue dials on the Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar & Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase.
These blue dials are crafted in Glashütte Original’s own dial manufactory, in Pforzheim, Germany. Up to 40 separate operations are required to produce the refined and carefully finished faces of the timepieces. Just like the earlier this year with the PanoMatic Lunar and the PanoReserve, we have here an intense and vivid blue that plays a lot with the ambient light, changing from a deep midnight blue to a bright electric blue in full light. This hue is obtained by a galvanic treatment, were the dial-makers must exercise precise control over the entire galvanic coloring process, ensuring that the tension is at the correct level, that the dial is submerged in the bath for precisely the right length of time, and that the correct distance is maintained between the elements in the bath, among other requirements. Matching with these blue dials are some alligator straps, also tinted in blue.
The Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition Blue dial
First edition to receive this new color scheme is the Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar, that displays the calendar information in a quite specific and clean way. No sub-dials burdening the dial here but instead some legible and clear windows: hours, minutes and seconds are displayed on the central axis, the day is visible through a windows a 10, the months via another window that gives echo to it at 2, the leap year is simply indicated by a small aperture over the hands-axis (which turns red to indicate the leap year), an oversized date (so-called Panorama Date) at 4 and the moon-phases between 7 and 8. The dial of Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar is really clean and highly legible. This perpetual calendar module is powered by an automatic movement, Calibre 100-02, with reset function and 55 hours of power reserve. The stainless steel case measures 42mm.
The Glashütte Original Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase Boutique Edition Blue dial
The second watch to be turned into blue is the Glashütte Original Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase, certainly one of the most classical watches manufactured by GO. It actually uses the same design and display as the Senator Perpetual Calendar, in a more simple way. It only shows the Panorama Date at 4 and the moon-phases, here located here between 10 and 11, which at the same times gives echo to the date windows but also brings a bit of eccentricity to a watch that could be seen as too serious. Hands, indexes and base movement (called Calibre 100-04 here) are the same here. The stainless steel case measures 40mm.
Price & availability
The new blue Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar & Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase Boutique Editions with blue dials will be available exclusively in Glashütte Original boutiques in Dresden, Paris, Geneva, Madrid, Dubai, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau and Tokyo. Prices are not communicated yet but should be close to the other editions in stainless steel with white dials, meaning 19.000 Euros for the Senator Perpetual Calendar and 9.800 Euros for the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase. More details on www.glashuette-original.com.