Practical Elegance

It’s understandable to assume the Swiss, the creators of Swatch and Rolex, have a monopoly on intricate yet utterly functional designs. The German firm of Glashütte, however, shatters that stereotype with a run of 25 dazzling timepieces.
Words by Bill Lindsey | August 28, 2019 | Luxury

The recently launched Glashütte Senator Chronometer Tourbillon Limited Edition sets a very traditional dial on a partially skeletonized face that literally allows a peek behind the curtain, revealing the inner works in their full glory. The blue sub-dial with practical 12-hour markings would be at home on any banker’s wrist, while the skeletonized lower half is a mechanical symphony of movement that could be one of Michelangelo’s incredibly detailed mechanical sketches come to life. The flying tourbillon automatic caliber 58-05 movement boasts a 70-hour power reserve, housed in a 42mm platinum case. While tourbillons that are chronographs are rare, an even more impressive feature is the ability to set the time to the second, making this watch a train conductor’s dream. A dark blue strap crafted from an obliging Louisiana alligator and a platinum buckle holds the Senator securely in place;