I believe this is an intriguing addition to the Senator Excellence collection. I have my reservations about this piece, mainly due to the skeletonization, however that I can not deny that its overall aesthetics are very distinct from the rest of the Senator Excellence watches. And for that, I think that it may be attractive to some watch collectors. Who knows? And since Glashütte Original Adresse Replica Original is just generating 100 pieces of this, it’s going to be exclusive and that could be a massive selling point for some folks. The Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition is priced at about $37,500–$39,900 based on strap and buckle options. German watchmaker Glashütte Original is one of the brands that apparently can do no wrong; offering lots of the Teutonic design charm and of its “big brother” A. Lange & Sohne, but with greater emphasis on chronometric accuracy as a result of this thoroughly modern Calibre 36 movement (covered in detail here) that is progressively filtering into each of the collections. For Baselworld 2018 the newest are enlarging their Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase collection to supply an assortment of further dial colors, in addition to a heightened case dimensions of 42mm and a number of small-but-significant aesthetic changes. Cumulatively these changes bring a fresher, more modern look to such timepieces and also make them suitable for casual wear.We went hands-on together with the Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase when it debuted back in 2016, and at the time this was primarily a dress watch with an exciting new calibre inside.
When it comes to vintage-inspired watches, it’s kind of hard to go wrong when the watch brand has “Original” right in its name, isn’t it? At least, that’s how it seems to me when I look at what we have in the two new Glashütte Original Sixties watches that were just announced. It also helps that the brand was actually producing watches in Glashütte in the 1960s, and has a watch (the Spezimatic), which these watches draw their lineage to (at least from a design perspective). Being almost 60 years on down the line, though, we definitely have the advantage of modern manufacturing techniques.
Brand: Glashütte Original
Model: Sixties & Sixties Panorama Data
Dimensions: 39mm (Glashütte Original Sixties), 42mm (Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date)
Case Material: Stainless steel
Crystal/Lens: Domed sapphire
Movement: Manufacture designed and built, caliber 39-47 (Glashütte Original Sixties) and 39-52 (Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date)
Strap/Bracelet: Black calfskin with pin buckle
Price & Availability: $7,500 for Sixties and $9,300 for Sixties Panorama Date
When I first saw the photo of the two new Glashütte Original Sixties models, my initial thought was this: “It’s the eye of Sauron, but in green!” I know it’s not the first time we’ve seen a degrade dial, but for whatever reason, this shade of green really struck me as being eye-like, and that was the association I made. Fortunately, a closer examination of what is going on with the dial reveals something a bit more special.
You see, the Glashütte Original Sixties dial actually has a good bit of texture (literally) which is imprinted onto the dial courtesy of a 60-ton press. Pair that up with the various layers that go on to get the particular shade of green (of note, it will only be available for a year), and you come up with a dial that is certain to catch the light, as well as your eyes.
While I’m guessing that vintage purists will go for the Glashütte Original Sixties, I find myself more drawn to the Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date. This is simply because of prior experience with these big date complications from the brand. Simply put, they are the best implementation of a big date that I have seen, bar none. While it may lack some of the vintage flair with the modern date display, I think it serves as a reminder that this is a modern re-imagining, no matter how much the eye wants to pretend that the curved sapphire is plexiglass and that the watch is truly a ’60s original.
Unfortunately for my personal tastes, the Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date is the more expensive of the pair, coming in at $9,300 (the “plain” Glashütte Original Sixties tallies up at $7,500). While Glashütte Original may not be the brand I first think of when it comes to a modern vintage interpretation, that’s on me, and not the brand. They’ve done quite a bang-up job here with the dial design, and the limited-run nature of the emerald hue will certainly make it feel all the more exclusive.
And truly, the dial is the star of the Glashütte Original Sixties show. In other watches I’ve handled from the brand, they’ve had very clean, and very (literally) flat dials in play. This can be done to great effect, but the texture here I think lets the watches embody some of the craziness that seemed to be in the air in the ’60s (as I’ve been told). While I wouldn’t go so far as to call the Glashütte Original Sixties the “one watch to rule them all,” it certainly is a colorful blast to kick off the Basel cycle with. glashuette-original.com