Baselworld 2016: Glashütte Original Senator Excellence

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Glashütte Original releases the new Senator Excellence with a new in-house Calibre 36 movement. The watch is a good representation of quality German watch making, and the brand’s unceasing efforts to improve itself.



The watch in 18 k red gold, with a varnish silver-grainé dial and blue hands.


The watch measures 40mm in diameter and 10mm in height. It is available in 3 versions. 2 of which present a dial with a light, silver-grained lacquer surface along with laser-cut, galvanised black indexes and a corresponding railroad minute ring. The stainless steel model presents finely drawn minute numerals inspired by those of historic pocket watches, laser-cut and galvanised in black, while the red gold version offers these numerals printed in luminous red. Both timepieces are rendered easily legible by long, slim poire hands and a filigreed seconds hand; black Louisiana alligator leather straps with pin buckles assure elegant comfort for the wearer.



Railroad markers are used to mark the minutes, and roman numerals at 12 and 6 add to the classic look of the watch.



Also available in steel with a dial variation, for a more military look, arabic font with superluminova applied indices are used.


A third model evokes the famous observation watches that are representative of the art of watchmaking in Glashütte. It presents a stainless steel case with black dial and finely curved Arabic numerals. Generous use of Super-LumiNova assures optimal legibility even under less than optimal lighting: on the slim white gold hands, the arrow-tip of the seconds hand, and on the hour indexes, the luminous coating guarantees clarity in the dark. A white railroad minute ring and 5-minute markers create additional contrasts and are enhanced by a black calfskin strap with pin buckle – for pure watchmaking beauty.



The new calibre 36 with the signature cut out gold rotor, snail finished wheel and swan neck regulator.


The watch uses the new 36 calibre is Glashütte Original’s newly designed movement which bears all the features of modern watchmaking. Long power reserve (100 hours), easy to assemble and service and less wear and tear from reduced friction and inefficient parts. The use of silicon hairspring while not new to watchmaking, is also used in the calibre.

All in all, we quite enjoy Glashütte Original’s Senator Excellence. While not exceedingly exciting a release, it is nonetheless a beautiful addition to the Senator range and a great new workhorse movement for the brand.



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  1. I really like the Military inspired observer. Wonderfully clean dial with beautiful Arabic numerals.