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Friday, December 15, 2017

Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar (Stainless Steel and Red Gold Models)

With this new Senator Excellence model, Glashütte Original lends the Perpetual Calendar complication a particularly contemporary appearance.

Powered with the in house developed Calibre 36, the complex and intelligent Perpetual Calendar mechanism of this watch guarantees a precise presentation of the date, weekday and month – even taking leap years into account – with no need for manual correction for more than one hundred years to come.
The new model takes the fundamental features of the "Excellence" line and develops them further. In their design and construction of the new movement, Glashütte Original's engineers have made every effort to achieve maximum stability and user-friendliness while ensuring the watch remains easy to service.
Along with hours, minutes and seconds, the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar presents the characteristic Glashütte Original Panorama Date, a finely worked moon phase, and weekday, month and leap year indicators.
Setting and adjustment of the watch is very simple. For example, setting of the date can be monitored directly in the display window, while discreet correctors on the case enable adjustments to weekday, month and moon phase displays. Although the exceptional power reserve of 100 hours ensures the correct interplay of the displays for many hours after its owner has set the watch aside, the eminently practical universal corrector makes it possible – should it ever prove necessary – to change the day, date and month with a few simple moves.
While it is true that the many different displays on the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar offer exceptional legibility, they deserve a second – or even a third – look. Every detail has been honed to perfection by experienced artisans in the watchmaker's own dial manufactory. The curve of the moon phase at 8 o'clock, for instance, echoes the gently sweeping lines of the case, while the domed moon in relief is set off by a starry, galvanic blue sky.
The Panorama Date at 4 o'clock as well as weekday and month windows are presented, as in a passe-partout, in a softly curved frame. For the leap year one need only glance at a separate display beneath hour 12. The hand moves counter-clockwise across a scale of 1 to 4, ensuring unmistakable clarity for every year, not just the clearly marked leap year.
The watch features a 42 mm diameter case, available in satin-polished stainless steel or red gold, and is water resistant to 5 bar (50 meters). The light hue of the silver-grained dial is echoed in the window displays and highlights in contrast the laser-cut, galvanic black indexes and railroad chapter ring. While the stainless steel model presents the leap year and minute numerals in black, in the red gold version these are printed in red, complemented by slim, blued-steel hands and an elegant black or brown Louisiana alligator leather bracelet with pin buckle or foldover clasp.
The Calibre 36 automatic movement was developed to meet the demand conditions of life today. An innovative silicon spiral enables extreme precision, while a single spring barrel ensures a power reserve of more than 100 hours, at a frequency of 4 Hertz (28,800 half oscillations per hour).
The latest addition to the ever-expanding family of movements from Glashütte Original is dedicated to stability in two ways: in terms of rate precision – due to its compact construction – but also in its use of an innovative bayonet mount to securing the movement within the case. Finally, refined decorative finishing and characteristic Glashütte construction features ensure that the inner and outer beauty of the mechanical heart complement each other in a harmonious manner – in all versions of the Senator Excellence.
The Senator Excellence line fulfils the watchmaker's promise of a new standard of quality. Each of these watches – perpetual calendar, three-hand model, with Panorama Date or Panorama Date and moon phase – is subjected in the Saxon manufactory to a series of rigorous tests over a period of 24 days, under conditions even more demanding than those of the challenging German Chronometer test.

The requirements are identical for all Senator Excellence models, regardless of the type or number of complications. A special engraving on the case back serves as the seal of quality on every single watch. In addition, the owner of a Senator Excellence is provided with the key test results for his watch in the form of an individual Examination Certificate. An exclusive online portal also offers the owner access to comprehensive information regarding the various testing procedures, along with the complete test results.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre 36-02
Dimensions: Ø 32.2 mm, height 7.35 mm
Balance: screw balance with 4 regulation screws gold 14 ct
Oscillating frequency: 28,800 vph, equivalent to 4 Hz
Power reserve: 100 hours
Balance spring: silicon
Shock protection: Incabloc
Jewels: 49 jewel bearings
Additional details: Automatic winding, hour/minute/second (central), second stop, Perpetual Calendar with day of the week/month/leap year display, Panorama Date, moon phase, exquisitely finished movement, polished steel parts, polished/blued screws, three-quarter plate/ balance cock/rotor with Glashütte stripe finish, bevelled edges, skeletonized rotor with 21-ct gold oscillation weight, adjustment of rate by adjustment screws, fine adjustment rate symmetry using swan-neck spring

Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar. Stainless Steel
Case
Diameter: Ø 42 mm
Height: 12.8 mm
Material: stainless steel
Waterproof up to: 5 bar
Glass: domed sapphire crystal, both sides anti-reflective
Bottom: sapphire crystal

Dial
Ø display 36.8 mm, varnish silver-grainé with engraved black hour markers/Roman numerals/ railroad chapter galvanized in black
Hands: blue

Strap
Width: 21/18 mm
Models with Louisiana Alligator leather strap black
REF. 1-36-02-01-02-01: Stainless steel buckle, 18 mm
REF. 1-36-02-01-02-30: Stainless steel fold fastener std., 18 mm
REF. 1-36-02-01-02-50: Stainless steel short fold fastener, 18 mm
Model with bracelet
REF. 1-36-02-01-02-70: Stainless steel bracelet

Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar. Red Gold
Case
Diameter: Ø 42 mm
Height: 12.8 mm
Material: 18 ct red gold
Waterproof up to: 5 bar
Glass: domed sapphire crystal, both sides anti-reflective
Bottom: sapphire crystal

Dial
Ø display 36.8 mm, varnish silver-grainé with engraved black hour markers/Roman numerals/ railroad chapter galvanized in black, Arabic numerals printed in red
Hands: blue

Strap
Width: 21/18 mm
Models with Louisiana Alligator leather strap dark brown
REF. 1-36-02-02-05-01: Red gold buckle, 18 mm
REF. 1-36-02-02-05-30: Red gold fold fastener std., 18 mm
REF. 1-36-02-02-05-50: Red gold short fold fastener, 18 mm

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