Tourbillons epitomize mechanical finesse and the pinnacle of timekeeping precision. Taking this revered complication to new heights is the flying tourbillon, which itself as a lightweight and intricate mechanism allows the mechanical function to be showcased in all its splendor. Originating in the 1920s, this masterpiece was the brainchild of Alfred Helwig, an instructor at the German Watchmaking School in Glashütte, Germany.
Through its latest, Glashütte Original— renowned for its mastery in micro-mechanical precision— expands upon this history and introduces a groundbreaking achievement in tourbillon artistry with the Senator Chronometer Tourbillon.
The new limited edition, restricted to just 50 pieces, is an equal marvel of aesthetic and mechanical intrigue. On the wrist, the timepiece features a classic Senator silhouette, with a straightforward design that’s meticulously finished with contrasting satin-brushed and polished surfaces. Measuring 42mm across in a luxurious platinum, the case serves as the perfect elevated canvas for the dial and movement it hosts. A deep blue Louisianna alligator leather strap adds a nice touch of color to further ensure the refined style of the timepiece, itself secured via a platinum clasp.
First visible through the dial side, the manufacture movement of the watch is meticulously designed to accentuate its tourbillon. A laser-engraved Clous de Paris pattern adds a layer of sophistication to the intricate architecture, with details like the damping wheel enhancing the smooth reset of the tourbillon. The dial and tourbillon cage, positioned like two small towers, create a captivating visual spectacle.
In its tourbillon, the watch features a remarkable “flyback” mechanism. When the crown is pulled, a vertical clutch halts the balance, locking the tourbillon cage. Advancing the crown to the next position allows the tourbillon cage to smoothly swing up until the second hand rests at the zero marker. Adding to its distinction, the Senator Chronometer Tourbillon incorporates an innovative minute detent. Setting the tourbillon to zero synchronizes the minute hand to move seamlessly to the next index, creating a delightful mechanical “melody” as the minute hand jumps with precision.
Powering this horological marvel is the manual-winding Glashütte Original Calibre 58-06, operating at a frequency of 21,600 half oscillations per hour and boasting a substantial 70-hour power reserve. The silicon balance spring shields the watch from magnetic fields and temperature fluctuations, ensuring consistent accuracy. To validate the Senator Chronometer Tourbillon’s precision, each watch undergoes a rigorous examination by the independent Thuringian Weights and Measures Office, adhering to the German DIN 8319 official chronometer standard. The testing spans 15 days, evaluating reliability in five positions and at three temperatures.
Through the Senator Chronometer Tourbillon, Glashütte Original not only pays homage to the heritage of tourbillons, but also pushes the boundaries of mechanical excellence— creating a watch that is not just an instrument of time, but a true work of horological art.
The Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon Limited Edition is available now, with pricing marked at $168,200.
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