I believe that is an intriguing addition to the Senator Excellence collection. I have my reservations about this piece, largely because of the skeletonization, however that I can not deny that its overall aesthetics are extremely different from the remainder of the Senator Excellence watches. And for that, I think it might be attractive to some watch collectors. Who knows? And since Glashutte Original 70’s Panorama Date Replica Original is just generating 100 pieces of this, it’s going to be exclusive which could be a huge selling point for some people. German watchmaker Glashütte Original is just one of the brands which apparently can do no wrong; offering lots of this Teutonic design charm and of its “big brother” A. Lange & Sohne, but with increased emphasis on chronometric accuracy thanks to the thoroughly modern Calibre 36 movement (covered in detail here) that is progressively filtering into each of their collections. For Baselworld 2018 the brand are expanding their Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase set to provide a variety of additional dial colours, as well as an increased case size of 42mm and quite a few small-but-significant aesthetic alterations. Cumulatively these changes bring a fresher, more contemporary appearance to these timepieces and make them appropriate for casual wear.We went hands-on with the Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase as it debuted back in 2016, and at the time this was mostly a dress watch with an exciting new calibre inside. The 2018 models do away with a lot of the flamboyance of their predecessors, trading in roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock and a railroad minute track for pointed indexes with luminous dots, a design element that reminds me of their Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin (hands-on here).
Introduced almost 20 years ago, the Glashütte Original perpetual calendar is distinguished by its functional and legible display, with four windows for each element of the calendar. Now at Baselworld 2017 the perpetual calendar has finally received a major upgrade with a new base movement, the Senator Excellence calibre 36, at a minimal price increase of about 5%.
Unveiled last year in time-only form, the calibre 36 is a robust automatic movement that’s destined to become the workhorse movement for the brand. It has a useful four-day, or 100-hour, power reserve, nearly double the 55 hours of the calibre 100 found in the earlier versions of the perpetual calendar. And it also has a silicon hairspring and free-sprung balance.
The perpetual calendar mechanism, however, remains the same. The two-disc, oversized date display remains at four o’clock, with the day, month and moon phase almost symmetrically position in the remaining quadrants of the dial. A small sub-dial at 12 o’clock indicates the leap year.
Available in red gold or steel, the case is 42mm in diameter, while the dial for both is silver-plated with a grained finish. Notably, rather than just being printed, the markings on the dial are laser engraved and then filled with black lacquer.
Price and availability
The Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar in red gold (ref. 1-36-02-02-05-01) costs €32,300 or S$57,600.
And in steel (ref. 1-36-02-01-02-01) it will cost €19,800 or S$34,600.
Available in stores starting June 2017, both versions cost about 5% more than the calibre 100-equipped models they replace.