The Senator-collection of Glashütte Original is a line of refined classic timepieces, proud of its German pedigree. Made in the small town of Glashütte, near the historic city of Dresden, they represent in many ways the best that the brand has to offer. While this includes complicated pieces such as a perpetual calendar and tourbillon, it is the chronograph that sets the pace.
With a diameter of 42mm and a height of 14.6mm is it a robust timepiece that is not overbearing. It has a slender bezel, beautifully curved lugs, and a modest crown. Its dial seems to be all business, with large subdials, an oversized ‘Panorama Date,’ and perfect legibility. Still, it is the details that you don’t notice immediately in which the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date proves to be such a formidable watch. Its case design is the perfect balance between classic style and modern-day appearance. It enables the watch to please purists and convince those who are looking for a more sportive proposition.
The latter will be pleased to know that Glashütte Original opted for robust stainless steel to craft the case from, instead of precious metal. What might also come as a surprise is that the watch has a water resistance of 10 bar, making it a bonafide sports watch. This also says something about the amount of engineering that went into developing this watch. Being a chronograph, it means that it has pushers to operate it, often a place where water can easily enter the movement. Glashütte Original didn’t have to resort to screw-in pushers to ensure its water resistance and has even been able to fit the watch with a glass window in the caseback.
Behind the caseback, there is something that purists will most certainly appreciate; Caliber 37-01. This automatic movement is crafted in real Glashütte custom, featuring blued screws, swan-neck fine adjustment, and, of course, a three-quarter plate. While built with tradition, it doesn’t dwell on the past. It runs at a modern 28,800 vph/4 Hz and has a power reserve of 70 hours, which is displayed on the dial side through a subtle power reserve indicator. The chronograph itself has a flyback function and can measure elapsed time up to 12 hours, 29 minutes, and 59 seconds. All combined is the Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date a watch that honors tradition yet in modern times, offering the best of both worlds.