Glashütte Original Senator Observer 2015
One of the highlights of the 2015 Glashütte Original collection is the new Senator Observer, a beautiful navigation instrument ready to worn on the wrist. Observation watches, also known as deck watches, were used as navigation instruments on the high seas, until late in the 20th century. Deck watches were used as a secondary timepiece to be wound and synchronized daily with the chronometer. Unlike the chronometer that would be kept in the instrument room, deck watches, as pocket watches were portable, helping out in calculating the correct course of the ship, even under the most difficult conditions.
Julius Assmann was one of the watchmakers who established the industry in Glashütte, in the second part of the 19th century. His firm specialized in highly precise timepieces, such as observation watches that earned him wide recognition. Juliuss Assmann watches were sought by navigation officers, pilots, and explorers. Even Roald Amundsen during his conquest of the South Pole, was equipped with several Julius Assmann observation watches.
This latest version of the Senator Observer is a modern interpretation of the Julius Assmann observation watches. The main focus is on the legibility of the dial, created at the brand’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim. The dial is built up slowly, using three layers of lacquer with a finely grained texture. Super-Luminova is used to highlight the most important elements of the dial, the white gold hands, the numerals and the chapter ring hour indexes.
The dial itself features a small second subdial at 9 o’clock, which is beautifully balanced with a 55-hour power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. The two subdials are upheld by a typical Glashütte Original Panorama Date window at 6 o’clock.
Under the hood, and visible through the sapphire back we’ll find the automatic Calibre 100-14, featuring a superbly decorated typical Glashütte three-quarter plate and a skeletonized rotor in 21-carat gold.
The 44 mm stainless steel Senator Observer is offered on black alligator leather strap ($11,800) with stainless steel fold-over clasp or on stainless steel bracelet ($13,200).