Inspired by the most accurate and reliable chronometres, which helped navigators in high seas, the marine chronometres from Glashütte were praised globally in the 19th and 20th century. Paying tribute to the original aesthetics of these timekeepers, in 2013, the Senator Chronometer adopted high standards for quality and performance in a strictly controlled 15-day test run. The timepieces in this line are scrutinised in five positions and three different temperatures by the independent Thuringian Office of Weights and Measures to get certified in precision.
The latest Senator Chronometer (Ref. 1-58-08-01-04-61) in the line is a fusion of traditional techniques with contemporary demands. The hand polished and satin brushed 42mm timepiece is crafted in white gold, and features a silver dial, which is silver plated by friction and made with a mixture of fine silver powder, salt, and water rubbed into a surface by hand, to create a shimmering texture, and later applied with galvanic grey coating. Also, the dial exposes small seconds at 6 o’clock and a running-time display and the discreet day/night indicator at 12 o’clock, where a black dot indicates evening and white indicates morning. There is a brand’s signature panorama date window at 3 o’clock, and traditionally blue polished Roman hour markers and hands.
The timepiece is powered by the in-house manual winding Calibre 58-08, silver plated by friction same as the dial. It operates at a frequency of 28,800 half-oscillations per hour and has a running time of 44 hours and 40 minutes. The see-through caseback showcases the characteristic three-quarter plate, screw-mounted gold chatons and the hand-engraved balance cock. Additionally, the watch has a second-stop mechanism; it's time display stops and the second’s hand is reset to zero and held in that position, when the crown is pulled out.
The new Senator Chronometer is completed with a dark blue Louisiana alligator leather strap with foldover clasp in white gold. The timepiece is water resistant to 50 metres.
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