With the new manufactory Calibre 36 the perpetual calendar, which has long been a fixture of the Glashütte Original collection, has been redefined in terms of precision, stability, running time and beauty.
This 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. The practical universal corrector makes it possible to change the day, date and month with a few simple moves.
While the various 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 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, the 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.
The Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar presents a timelessly elegant appearance. It 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
The heart of the Senator Excellence family is the Calibre 36 automatic movement. 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.
The Senator Excellence line fulfils the watchmaker’s promise of a new standard of quality. Each of these watches 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. 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.