An evolutionary haute horlogerie: The Glashütte Senator Chronometer

An evolutionary haute horlogerie: The Glashütte Senator Chronometer

Glashütte on board

Text: Angelyn Kwek

As Glashütte concludes Baselworld 2016 with their new Senator Chronometer; they bring us a special exhibit that details the history and science behind this iconic piece

Putting down another one for their books, Glashütte launches a special exhibition, the Glashütte on Board, in their German Watch Museum that chronicles the birth and evolution of their extraordinary Senator Chronometer. A unique showcase that traces the patrimony of this signature timepiece, Glashütte has also dedicated a setup that reveals the technical lineage of marine chronometers and the strides the maison has made in the field over 130 years.

Presenting the achievements of the German watch manufacturer in grand form, the exhibit will house a treasure trove of historical documents, photographs and nautical chronometers to enhance visitor experience. And sitting at the core of it all is the mechanical masterpiece that has leveraged on these long decades of technical developments: The Senator Chronometer 2016.

Glashütte Senator Chronometer 2016 German Watch Museum Glashütte special exhibit

Inspired by and still staying true to the codes of marine timekeeping, the new Senator is the contemporary of the traditional marine chronometer — a perfectly precise complication that sits on the wrist. Made of white gold with a slim bezel that encircles that iconic shade of Glashütte blue, this elaborate refinement comes to fruition under the hands of specialists in the maison's manufactory in Pforzheim. Characterised by superb details, a small seconds counter at 6 o'clock and a power reserve display at 12 o'clock graces the dial, along with a day-to-night date display in a complementary colour-matched hue.

Glashütte Senator Chronometer 2016

Pure sophistication at a single glance, the Senator Chronometer's complication is as equally intricate as its visuals. Driven by a manual winding Calibre 58-01 with an advanced stop-second and reset function, this paragon of haute horlogerie exemplifies Glashütte's particular brand of watchmaking with its celebrated three-quarter plate, screw-mounted gold chatons and a hand-engraved balance cock — all visible through a sapphire crystal case back. An innovation of classism throughout the eras that meld its seafaring days with the science of the modern world, the Senator Chronometer is timelessness at its very best.

Glashütte Senator Chronometer 2016

The Senator Chronometre 2016 is available at Glashütte Original boutique.

The special exhibition runs from 17 June through 20 November in the German Watch Museum Glashütte.