Dark Blue Grain
February 15, 2016
Glashutte Original will introduce a new version of the Senator Chronometer at Baselworld, with a dark blue grain, textured dial. The varnish blue-grain dial with engraved silver Roman numerals and railroad chapter ring – made in Glashutte Original’s Pforzheim dial factory – turns an existing timepiece, into something totally new.
The dial features multiple layers of lacquer that are applied and dried until the desired shade and texture are achieved. Every detail is meticulously executed, including the engraved and galvanized silver railroad chapter ring and Roman numeral hour markers.
Complementing the beauty of the dial are slim poire hands in polished white gold, creating an excellent juxtaposition against the dark blue grain background.
Uniquely, when the crown is pulled out to set the time the seconds hand jumps to 12 o’clock and stops. And, because the minute hand jumps in precise one-minute increments, the time can be set very precisely. This is, of course, befitting of a “chronometer.”
On the back, you can see peer at the exquisitely finished manually wound caliber 58-01 movement, and its Glashutte three-quarter plate in German silver plate with Glashutte stripes and bevelled and polished edges. The balance bridge is hand engraved with a swan-neck fine adjustment, hand polished blued screws, 58 jewels, including 4 gold chatons. A balance wheel with 18 screws allows fine time adjustments by a watchmaker. Maximum power reserve is approximately 45-hours.
Functions include central hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock with a second reset with coupled minute ratcheted (as mentioned above), panorama date, power reserve display, and day/night indicator.
Presented in a white gold case measuring 42 mm x 12.47 mm, the bezel, top of the case and lugs, are fully polished, with a brushed-finish around the caseband. The new blue grain Senator Chronometer is paired with a blue Louisiana alligator leather strap, with stainless steel foldover buckle (21/18 mm). Water-resistance is 50 meters. (Ref. 1-58-01-05-34-30)