Published on September 1st, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Glashutte Original Senator Cosmopolite
The Glashutte Original Senator Cosmopolite relies on its mechanical Calibre 89-02 with a complicated module on the top that was already available in the complicated and exclusive Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon, a 325.000 Euros watch introduced at Baselworld 2012 and that featured this same 37 time-zones display, together with a perpetual calendar and a flying tourbillon. Now the Glashutte Original comes with a simpler edition that focuses mainly on the traveling complication. It has the ability to track the time in two time zones at once, whatever your position around the globe, even in the more secluded areas. The time zone wheel displays a choice of 37 world time-zones, each indicated by the official IATA location code designating a key international airport in the zone. The 24 time zones that are aligned at full-hour offsets with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) present a black IATA code in the DST or STD windows (at 8 o’clock); 10 time zones aligned with GMT at half-hour offsets appear in blue; 3 remaining zones at quarter- or three-quarter hour offsets from GMT are represented by the relevant IATA location code in red.
Even with all the indications it displays, the dial of the Glashutte Original Senator Cosmopolite remains quite simple to read. It shows the local and home simultaneously, in any two of 37 world time-zones. The local time is indicated by the blue steel and large central hands while the home time is displayed in the sub-dial at 12. Both are totally independent and the minute hands are not linked like most of the traveller’s watches.
The complicated display of the Glashutte Original Senator Cosmopolite comes in a 44mm x 14mm case, made of 18k white gold (complemented with a blue alligator strap) or 18k red gold (with a black alligator strap. The case uses Glashutte Original classical finish: bevelled, curved and short lugs, mirror polished bezel and flat surfaces, brushed sides of the case.
The dial features a silvery and slightly grained finish and black printed indications: a rail track for the local time with large Roman numerals and a rail track with Arabic numerals for the home time. In addition with the features already explained, it provides a power reserve indicator at 12 and a day/night indicator for the home time (depicted by a small round aperture in the center of the home time dial that is black during the night and bright during the day).
The calibre 89-02 is a large self-winding movement (39.2mm in diameter) that features an off-centered skeletonized rotor (with the usual double G) and a 21k gold mass. It also features a balance with 4 regulation screws and the twin engraved cock bridge, with 2 sawn neck regulators. This movement runs at 28,800 vph (4 Hz) and boasts 72 hours of power reserve. It comprises no less than 63 jewels and over 400 individual components. The finish is also pleasant, with bevelled & polished edges, polished steel parts, polished & blued screws and the typical Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish.
The Glashutte Original Senator Cosmopolite is able to indicate the 37 official time-zones, especially with such a practical display and mechanism. The Glashutte Original Senator Cosmopolite is priced at 38.400 Euros (in 18K white gold) and 36.900 Euros (in 18k red gold).