As it has since 2011, Germany’s Glashütte Original served as a partner to this year’s 68th Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale. In 2015, the luxury watchmaker used the Berlinale as the stage to launch five short films about the brand, its history, and its impact. During this year’s festival, taking place from February 15 to 25, it launched a new, limited-edition timepiece. Here’s what you need to know about the Senator Chronograph – The Capital Edition.
The watch is offered as three limited editions, each with a different case material, and brings two new dial colors to the Senator Chronograph collection, which debuted at Baselworld 2017: smoky “Bourbon Grey” on the stainless steel and rose-gold models (limited to 100 and 25 pieces, respectively); and sleek “Dry Silver” on the platinum models (limited to just five pieces).
The watch’s dials, all created in-house, feature striking details in beige, white, and blue, and its hands, applied indices, and applied Roman numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock — all made of white gold — are treated with a green-tinted Super-LumiNova for optimum legibility in the dark. Blue rings, framed by silvered borders, surround the snailed subdials. The watch’s panorama date, a hallmark of Glashutte Original watches, appears in the lower half of the dial, beneath the chronograph counters and small seconds display, the latter of which also incorporates a power-reserve indication.
Inside the 42-mm case, visible through the sapphire exhibition caseback, is Glashütte Original’s manufacture Caliber 37, with a fully integrated flyback function and controlled by a column wheel. Among the movement’s technical innovations is its one-part lever, which makes for more secure switching and reduces the susceptibility to errors; a space-saving coupling clutch that uses an oscillating pinion; and four gold screws on the balance wheel, in place of a traditional regulator, for more precise adjustment. When fully wound by the skeletonized 21k gold rotor, it stores an impressive power reserve of 70 hours. Other recognizable elements of Saxon haute horlogerie include the three-quarter plate and swan’s neck fine adjustment.
The Capital Editions are mounted on either a calfskin strap in brown or blue, with white contrast stitching, or (in the steel version only) a polished and satin-brushed stainless steel bracelet with a patented eight-step easy-adjustment mechanism. The rose-gold and platinum editions come in a special collectors’ box, with an additional strap. Prices are $14,900 for the steel models, $31,500 for rose gold, and $55,000 for the ultra-exclusive platinum editions.