Excitement ran high at the Baselworld fair earlier this year when Glashütte Original introduced its newly developed integrated chronograph. Now the launch of the new Calibre 37 has begun, with the debut of two exquisite new models at once: the elegant Senator Chronograph Panorama Date and the sporty Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date. Both models will be available first in the Saxon manufactory’s own boutiques and later through the watchmaker’s dealers. The new chronograph was developed to meet the manufactory’s most demanding standards of functionality and suitability for everyday use. Its fully integrated and compact construction makes it a reliable, precise and aesthetically satisfying companion. Its ease of use and perfectly tuned technical solutions guarantee simplicity of handling as well as excellent rate precision. The new movement is a persuasive piece of work, its distinctive attributes designed and integrated to form a unique synthesis.
The manufactory-made 4Hz automatic movement assures maximum functionality through its efficient and reduced method of construction. An example is the switch lever; in the new chronograph, in contrast to previous designs, it is comprised of only one part. The new movement thus guarantees the highest possible switching security, with room for error and susceptibility to interference effectively reduced to near zero.
Sophisticated technical solutions assure the new chronograph’s particularly high degree of precision. Adjustment is handled without a regulator using four gold screws on the balance wheel, which permits a continuous and thus more precise performance of the watch over an especially long period of time.
70 hour power reserve
With a power reserve of 70 hours when fully wound, the new automatic movement achieves an absolute peak value in the realm of mechanical chronographs. In order to keep the performance and amplitude stable over the entire period of time, a new oscillation system with low energy requirements was developed, which assures exceptionally solid and precise performance with no deviations over 70 hours.
The new chronograph calibre premieres in two exquisite, very different models, each with its own particular style: The Senator Chronograph Panorama Date presents a classic appearance in either red gold or platinum.
The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date’s striking case in stainless steel lends it a rather more sporty air. The robust and stylish timepiece is available in three dial versions: in galvanised ruthenium, galvanised silver and a powerful blue. All three dial versions are artfully decorated with a sun-burst finishing. The indexes are fashioned in white gold, as are the hour and minute hands, which are inlaid with SuperLumiNova to ensure legibility in the dark as well. Bracelets in stainless steel, Louisiana alligator leather and rubber complete the contemporary design of this distinctive chronograph.
Traditional finishing techniques
The platinum version of the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date presents a striking, sophisticated dial surface achieved using a traditional manual technique that lends it a silvery surface, and features a railroad chapter ring, Roman numerals and a surrounding tachometric scale. A number of separate steps are required to perfect this sophisticated finish; all are undertaken at the firm’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim. To begin with, the gold dial blank is carefully engraved using a laser. The engravings are then filled with black and fired in the kiln.
Once prepared in this way, the dial is enhanced in a final step known as „silver plating by friction“. In this elaborate process, a finely calibrated mix of silver powder, salt and water is rubbed with a brush into the carefully prepared dial, resulting in a brilliant silver, evenly shimmering surface. The high percentage of manual labour involved renders each dial is unique. A polished satin-brushed platinum case and blue sapphire cabochon complete the watch’s elegant appearance.