In Partnership with Glashütte Original.
German manufacturer Glashütte Original has roots going back centuries, yet that doesn’t mean they’ve run out of tricks by any stretch of the imagination. Among GO’s most recent accomplishments was the unveiling of their own in-house self-winding movement. Now, they’ve put that acclaimed movement under a hood of prime stainless steel for the Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch.
The watch joins an already stellar line up that includes platinum and red-gold editions. This time around, GO took a slightly more casual approach while keeping the aesthetic bar resoundingly high. The result is a timepiece that’s modern, sporty, and downright essential by design. Indeed, GO might have very well delivered the perfect chronograph in 2017.
Built to not only withstand virtually any terrain, but furthermore look great while doing it, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch is a pure symphony of form and function. With blue Super-LumiNova on the hands and indexes, the robust stunner delivers prime legibility at night, glowing brilliantly in even the darkest of conditions. Naturally, the watch doesn’t slouch during daytime hours, either, juxtaposing those polished white and blue details with an expanse of deep black. The visual vibe is striking and prescient, bursting with energy yet never at the expense of sophistication.
Falling squarely in line with other entries from the Senator line, the watch face touts immaculate symmetry between the main dial and three chronograph counters. A sleek crescent window in the seconds sub-dial indicates a power reserve of up to 70 hours. Positioned directly above the 6 o’clock roman numeral marker is the brand name written in cursive and a magnificent date display of above average size. However, in spite of so many features, the watch face never looks busy in the slightest.
Driving home GO’s intended theme of sporty elegance is the use of premium stainless steel for the 42mm case. That’s joined by a crown with the double G-logo and a screwed case back. The watch is also waterproof up to 10 bar. Put it all together and you get copious injections of style, minus essentially all pretense. That is, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch is easily worthy of its price tag, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear it out to a bar or casual engagement. Again, it’s by straddling the line between high end and accessible that the watch finds its niche.
We’ve become a huge fan of watches that aren’t afraid to show off what they’re made of, and this one is no exception. To flip the case over is to witness a skeletonised symphony of gears, screws, gold and polished steel. At the heart of the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch is trusty Calibre 37 chronograph movement with flyback mechanism and 12-hour chronograph counter. Accessible and optimal, the movement retains the utmost tier of consistency, accuracy and precision, especially when fully wound.
For the strap, GO offers the choice of finely stitched calfskin leather or black rubber with a laser-etched pattern. Or, as an upgrade, you can opt for a stainless steel bracelet with a secure, patented adjustment mechanism that includes eight settings. No matter which strap you go with, you’re slapping serious craftsmanship around your wrist.
As Aussie men of style, we prefer gear that’s just one notch below the tippy top shelf. That’s because we live proactive lifestyles and don’t want to keep our possessions behind a glass case. Accordingly, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch strikes that perfect balance between fashion and function, practically obliging you to take it places. In that regard, it’s our favourite of the Senator line because it doesn’t scream opulence as much it whispers it.
Suffice to say, this is one horological powerhouse of exceptional versatility. Between its symmetry, luminosity, complexity, contrast and power, the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is a watch for essentially all occasions. The colour details alone lend it a spry and dynamic vibe, as if its own nature changes slightly depending on the environment. By day, it’s elegant. By night, it’s sexy. Take it to the beach or the club and it will draw eyeballs, but for different reasons. Meanwhile, the timepiece is never loud, even when glowing in the dark. One might even call it discreet and mysterious when those brilliant hands are brimming with blue. Pair that with some stainless steel sportiness and powerful in-house movement, and you might very well be looking at the perfect modern chronograph.