Pre-BaselWorld 2016: Glashütte OriginalWritten by Alvin Wong
An old favourite returns to lead the line for Glashütte Original.
The Senator Chronometer, which debuted in 2009, is among the Saxonian brand’s stateliest and sturdiest timepieces. Both its look and performance are inspired by marine chronometers – those timekeepers of yore invented by John Harrison that are famed for their supreme robustness and precision. Glashütte Original’s wristwatch send-up boasts the same utilitarian spirit.
The no-nonsense dial as legible as it is regal, bearing only the essential indicators. On the inside, a hand-wound movement ticks with chronometer-certified precision. The movement also features a stop-seconds feature, in which the second hand snaps to zero and minute hand advances to the next full minute index when the crown is pulled, to ensure accurate time-setting.
This year’s version in white gold case and dark blue dial exudes contemporary dapperness; a choice alternative to the more classic-looking yellow gold-clad original.
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.