Today is a continuation of the theme from the last post about an updated time zone timepiece but this time, the changes are less substantial.
In 2015 Glashütte Original presented the new Senator Cosmopolite, a travel watch with 35 time zones that featured a new in-house manufacture movement. The launch model was in a 44mm case that came in either rose gold or white gold. This was followed, in 2018, with their first steel-cased variant. It had the same matte white lacquered dial but added some dark blue notes, black details, the Roman numerals changed to Arabic with blue appliques, the minute markers changed from railroad-track to separated markers, and the day /night indicator changed from a night sky and yellow sun to more discrete illustrations against the white dial.
Now, the brand has launched a new variant of the 2018 model in a dark blue galvanic dial but in the same stainless steel case.
The new sunray (yes, more 2020 sunray) blue dial was made in-house at Glashütte Original’s dial factory in Pforzheim and features new sword-shaped hands, new rod-shaped indices (no more Arabic numerals), and the use of Super-LumiNova on both of these.
The central hour and minute hands show the local time (which corresponds to the time zone indicator at 8 o’clock), whilst the home time is displayed on the large sub dial at 12 o’clock, along with a power reserve indicator. The day/ night indicator (for the local time) is at 9 o’clock and there is a seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock. The classic Original Panorama Date is at 4 o’clock.
For the second time zone function at 8 o’clock, there are 35 zones – this consists of the 24 zones that are offset by Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by full hours (in white type), and zones that are three-quarter hours or half-hours from GMT (in light blue type) indicated in light blue. The time zone locations are identified using the IATA codes of the relevant major airport within that zone. There are two apertures that refer to daylight saving time and (DST) standard time (STD), both of which are set by the wearer.
Powering this is the same movement as in the previous models. The automatic Calibre 89-02 which beats at 2,800 VPH has a three-quarter mainplate decorated with Glashütte ribbing, a hand-engraved bridge, and a skeletonised 21 kt gold oscillating weight with the Glashütte Original logo for its 72 hour power reserve.
So how do you adjust it? Take the crown at 4 o’clock out. If you have travelled east from home, turn it clockwise; for west, go counter-clockwise. As the crown turns, the IATA code for different time zones will appear at 8 o’clock. As they change to get to your required location, the central hour and minutes hands will rotate by hour and quarter-hour increments to reach the appropriate local time.
The polished and satin-brushed stainless steel case comes on either a matching blue Louisiana alligator strap with pin buckle or fold fastener, or on a stainless steel bracelet with an 8-step fine adjustment mechanism. Available as of July 2020, the RRP starts at EUR 20,700.
Some of you may have noticed that this is not the brand’s only blue-dialled release this year.
[Photo credit: Glashütte Original]