Glashütte Original - Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel
Premiered at Baselworld 2015 in two versions in red gold and white gold with a classic dial with Roman numerals, the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite and its sophisticated time zone mechanism is now presented in stainless steel with a minimalist dial with Arabic numerals.
The 44 mm steel case alternates satin-brushed and brilliantly polished surfaces and frames a matte white lacquered dial against which blue printed hour numerals, blue appliques and thermally blue hands offer a perfect contrast. All the indications are efficiently arranged: small seconds at 6 o'clock, Panorama Date at 4 o'clock, home time display and power reserve at 12 o'clock, and the newly designed day/night indicator with a small sun and stylised night sky at 9 o’clock.
At 8 o’clock two small windows indicate whether Daylight Saving Time (DST) or Standard Time (STD) is in effect in the destination time zone.
The time zone wheel displays a choice of 36 world time zones, each indicated by the official IATA (International Air Transport Association) location code designating a key international airport in the zone. The 24 time zones that are aligned at full-hour offsets with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) present a black IATA code in the DST or STD window at 8 o’clock; 9 time zones aligned with GMT at half-hour offsets appear in blue; the 3 remaining zones at quarter- or three-quarter hour offsets from GMT are represented in red; the colour coding allows one to identify the offset from GMT at a glance.
The mechanics of this movement is extremely sophisticated if you consider how easily you set the destination time. If heading east (forwards in time), you just turns the crown at 4 o’clock clockwise until the IATA code representing the destination time zone appears in the relevant DST or STD window. If travelling west (back in time), you turn the crown counter-clockwise.
In both cases, the central hour and minute hands jump ahead (or back) in 15-minute intervals until the destination time zone’s IATA code appears in the relevant DST or STD window. At that point, the central hour and minute hands will display the correct time at destination, augmented by the correct day/night indication at 9 o’clock and by the correct display of the date at destination. If the time at the chosen destination is ahead or back a day, the Panorama Date display will change accordingly without user intervention.
Comprised of over 400 individual components, the self-winding 4 Hz (28,800 vph) manufactory Calibre 89-02 is visible through the sapphire crystal case back allowing the owner to admire details like the typical Glashütte stripe finish, the brand’s double-G logo on the off-centre rotor, blued screws and above all the hand-engraved and galvanised balance cock. Its power reserve is a minimum of 72 hours.
A dark blue Louisiana alligator leather strap with pin buckle or fold-over clasp completes the timepiece. The Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Stainless Steel has an indicative price of Euro 20,700. glashuette-original.com