Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Review
Today we will an up-close look at a beautifully balanced and visually striking chronograph from Glashutte Original.
When one beholds a work of absolute beauty it brings a certain feeling of satisfaction at the very depths of the soul level. Glashutte Original which is probably one of the most understated of all watchmakers is not only an expert in the horology end of the business but has a special flair for aesthetic perfection.
The 41mm case is 14mm thick and has a smoothly polished finish for the top of the case and a finely brushed finish on the case's sides as well as on the back of the lugs. The polished platinum crown has a round blue cabochon in its center and the chronograph pushers are also made of polished platinum.
While there are several models that come in a variety of materials from stainless steel and 18kt rose gold, the top of the line platinum 950 model is the one we’re dissecting today. Because platinum is about 60% heavier than gold you will feel that weight that you can expect from a high-end luxury timepiece.
The Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is mechanically powered by an in-house Glashutte Original caliber 37-01 automatic movement which is adjusted to 5 different positions. The 65-jewel manufacture 37-01 caliber is a high-beat movement that resonates steadily at a beat of 28,800 VpH (Vibrations Per Hour).
The Saxonian watchmaker stops at nothing to achieve movements that shine through their sapphire exhibition case backs. They use a combination of finishing methods and blued screws that you have come to expect from traditional Saxonian watchmaking to achieve a brilliant German-made caliber.
The stainless-steel self-winding rotor uses a Glashutte striping finish. It has a 21kt gold skeletonized Glashutte logo built into and features a 21kt gold polished corners and beveled edges.
The double disk Panorama Date window site right in the center of the dial above the 6 o’clock position and has large bold numbers in a serif-style typeface with the Glashutte logo in cursive just beneath it.
On the gold and platinum model with the silver dial, you will find finely printed black Roman numerals that are used for hour markers. The stainless-steel models use luminescent index hour markers and Roman numerals for the 12 and 6 o’clock positions. On the black dial models, the colors are inverted on all dial printing.
The numerals and hour markers sit on the inside of a finely printed railroad track style minutes and second track. A tachymetric scale is printed around the perimeter of the dial and uses a thin sans-serif style font for the various increments.
Two of the sub-dials are used for the chronograph functions. Those are the 30-minute sub-register at the 3 o’clock position. Then there’s the 12-hour counter located at the 12 o’clock position. Finally, we have the small-seconds sub-dial at the 9 o’clock position of the dial with an integrated power reserve indicator in the upper left quadrant of the sub-register.
All hands on the dial including the chronograph sub-dials are made of blued steel. The hour hand uses a spade shape and a slender minute hand which tapers in the center. There is a slim central chronograph second’s hand with a Glashutte Logo as the counterweight at the opposite end of the hand.
WATCHES IN THIS COLLECTION
- 1-37-01-03-02-35 Stainless Steel / Black Dial on a Black Calfskin Strap
- 1-37-01-03-02-33 Stainless Steel / Black Dial on a Black Rubber Strap
- 1-37-01-05-02-35 Stainless Steel / White Dial on a Brown Calfskin Strap
- 1-37-01-05-02-33 Stainless Steel / White Dial on a Black Rubber Strap
- 1-37-01-03-02-70 Stainless Steel / Black Dial on a Stainless Steel Bracelet
- 1-37-01-05-02-70 Stainless Steel / White Dial on a Stainless Steel Bracelet
- 1-37-01-01-05-30 18kt Rose Gold / Silver Dial on a Black Alligator Strap
- 1-37-01-02-03-30 Platinum on a / Silver Dial on a Blue Alligator Strap