The brand’s signature leaf-shaped second hand and spade-shaped hour have been replaced with easier Dauphine hands, which offer a cleaner and less-ornate appearance without compromising on elegance. New dial colors are also available, such as a pliable silver gray having vertically brushed finishing, galvanized blue with sunray decoration, and a varnish matte white to the most conventional look.The new-for-2018 Glashutte Senator Sixties Replica Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase seems poised to capture a lot of attention from contemporary consumers who might have sensed the prior versions were too little or too dressy. Having an asking price between $11,400–$12,900 these watches offer a combination of classic German styling along with the promise of exceptional timekeeping ability, as a result of their individually-examined and accredited Chronometer movements.When it comes to vintage-inspired watches, so it is kind of tough to go wrong when the watch brand has “Original” right in its title, isn’t it? At least, that’s how it seems to me when I look at what we have from both new Glashütte Original Sixties watches that were just announced. It also helps that the brand was actually producing watches in Glashütte from the 1960s, also has a watch (the Spezimatic), which these watches attract their lineage to (at least from a design perspective). Being almost 60 years on down the line, though, we definitely have the benefit of modern production techniques.When I first saw the photo of the two new Glashütte Original Sixties versions, my first thought was that: “It is the eye of Sauron, but in green!” I know that it’s not the first time we have seen a degrade dialup, but for whatever reason, this color of green really struck me as being eye-like, which was the institution I made. Fortunately, a closer evaluation of what’s happening with the dial shows something a bit more special.
A limited edition dedicated to “poor but sexy” Berlin, the newest iteration of the Senator Chronograph boasts unusual, but appealing, colour combinations – “Bourbon Grey” or “Dry Silver” – giving it a look distinct from the stock version.
Launched at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, where Glashütte Original is a title sponsor, the new chronograph is available in three variants. The first is stainless steel, and limited to 100 pieces. Its dial is “Bourbon Grey”, accented with dark blue rings on the registers and beige Super-Luminova.
Fitted with the same dial is the red gold version, which is limited to 25 pieces.
And then there’s the platinum edition, limited to just five watches and equipped with a “Dry Silver” dial that’s matched with baby blue rings on the sub-dials, a colour palette unusual on a watch this large and masculine. The platinum version is also distinguished by the blue sapphire cabochon that tops the crown.
Dials aside, ‘The Capital Edition’ is identical to the stock models. The cases are 42mm in diameter, and fitted with the cal. 37, a solidly constructed in-house calibre with a 70-hour power reserve. It’s automatic and equipped with a column wheel, while the horizontal coupling mechanism is simplified, making it relatively slim for a self-winding chronograph movement.
It’s decorated in a manner typical of Glashütte Original movements, with striping on the rotor and bridges, solarisation on the wheels and blued screws. And it has a 21k gold rotor rim as well as a swan’s neck regulator index (though the balance has four solid gold screws for regulation).
Price and availability
The Senator Chronograph ‘The Capital Edition’ is already available at Glashütte Original boutiques and authorised retailers. Prices are as follows:
Stainless steel (ref. 1-37-01-04-02-07) – €13,500 or S$23,100
Red gold (ref. 1-37-01-04-05-07) – €26,700 or S$49,000
Platinum (ref. 1-37-01-06-03-35) – €47,000 or S$86,400