On the heels of its presentation at the “Time To Move” event in Geneva, Germany’s Glashütte Original has been dropping some serious horology. Among the brand’s new releases is the Senator Chronometer Tourbillon, a limited edition stunner of considerable sophistication. Representing a world first, the officially certified chronometer combines Flying Tourbillon with a second-top mechanism, zero reset, and minute detent. As a result, the minute and second hands are synchronised, allowing the time to be set with the utmost precision. That’s not to mention the open-worked dial display, which exhibits the watch’s manual winding calibre 58-05 movement (and adjoining tourbillon complication) in all its depth and glory.
Glashütte Original never forgets its own rich Saxon heritage, and the new Senator Chronometer Tourbillon’s origins accordingly date back to 1920. That was when master watchmaker Alfred Helwig—who worked in the small town of Glashütte—gave the tourbillon complication an appearance of weightlessness by shifting the mechanism to one side only. Here we are nearly 100 years later and the brand seems to be picking up where Helwig left off. To gaze upon the fascinating dial is, therefore, like looking into the heart of watchmaking itself.
Presented within the 42mm platinum case is a symphony of both mechanical detail and decorative flourish. The calibre 58-05 beats at a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour and delivers a 70-hour power reserve. When the dial and Flying Tourbillon rise over the upper and lower halves of the movement, it creates a three-dimensional effect. Also featured on the watch are an assortment of hand engravings and the signature Glashütte stripe finish. Emanating with absolute distinction, the Senator Chronometer Tourbillon is limited to 25 pieces.