When it comes to wristwatches, style and reliability are some of selling points that most buyers have to consider. While no one really uses wrist watches to perform critical timing events anymore, knowing that you own the “real thing” generally feels great. That is why brands such as Glashütte have been able to win the hearts of their fans.
While it is a new brand, having been founded in 2016, it is now well known for its impressive and memorable timepieces. It watches are reliable and have a remarkable design. They derive their power from the Calibre 36, which most fans and critics know to be a precise movement. It is with that in mind that we are going to take a Closer Look at the Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition.
The new Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition is actually an iteration of the 2017 Senator Excellence. This watch is not just skeletonized, but it is also a limited series watch. For those who will be able to get it, they will have something unique on their hands, and one that only a few people will ever own. It comes with an 18K white gold case, which is built using the well-known German technology.
It measures 42mm in diameter, and has a thickness of 12.88 mm, making it appear neither dainty nor overbearing. The average sized case has brushed flanks and a polished bezel. To give it some contrast, the lugs are polished on the top only. When you compare the 2018 Senator Excellence model with other models, you will realize that not much has changed. Generally, you will find that its thin Bezel allows the dial to get most of the attention, which is a good thing for a wristwatch.
However, you will find that the dial isn’t the conventional one that we are used to seeing on simple watches. It is partially skeletonised, which allows its overall to take a modern turn. Looking at it, you will see that it is finely cut along the geometric curves of its matte grey dial ring to make room of the moon phase, Panorama Date, leap years, month, and day display. Each of those displays are meticulously sectioned using a stepped frame.
To shift the center of attention to the galvanic grey module’s technical aspect, they implemented the central cut out, which reveals the interplay of the calendar discs, exposing the tip of the intricate mechanism that powers this watch’s calendar display. Furthermore, the movement’s cover plate is covered by hand-guilloched geometric line patterns, which are only broken by individual jewels. The leap year hand, the seconds and minute hands, as well as the central hour hand are all fabricated in blued steel, giving them an electrifying finish.
When you look at the dial, you will notice what seem to be holes drilled randomly on the plate. However, these serve a purpose, the allow you to view smaller sections of the movement’s dial. While some critics may find that to be unnecessary, thanks to their knowledge of how most dial work, those who do not have such knowledge will definitely delight in this design. The Caliber 36-02 has a diameter of 32.2 mm, and 7.35 mm in thickness.
It supplies the watch with 100 hours of power reserve, and runs at 4 Hz beat rate. The watch’s balance includes four screws that are made of 14k gold, a swan-neck regulator, an amagnetic silicon hairspring, and for shock protection, it uses an incabloc mechanism. The watch is tested continuously for all possible causes and points of failure for a period of 24 days in the Saxon manufactory, and the results are available for scrutiny by the watch owner online.
It comes with a price tag of $23,705.63, and worn using a blue leather strap and alligator from Louisiana. You can wear it as a formal watch, but it will not look out for place when worn with casual dressing. Arguably, the holes on the dial are the only cause of disagreement on this watch’s greatness. However, as the saying goes, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Overall, the 2018 Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition is among the best watches that you can invest in 2018, and get full value for your money.