BASELNEWS 2010GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL Senator Diary: A world first
Presenting a world first - the Senator Diary from Glashütte Original. No mechanical watch has ever made it possible to set an alarm up to
30 days ahead of time - until now. So? So picture this: Your day is packed with appointments, and you’re looking at a very busy week. In fact, you’re booked up solid for a month. So much to do, so little time. There is one appointment, however, that you must keep at all costs. On a certain day, at a certain hour, you absolutely must be there. Think about it. Which moment in the weeks ahead will mean the most to you (or to someone very close to you)?
You know the answer, so why wait? Make a decision. Seize the day. Ready? Good. Now. Set the date. Set the time. Wind the alarm. Sit back and relax. Your Senator Diary will take care of the rest. The Senator Diary is beautifully balanced, with two crowns positioned directly opposite each other on either side of the stainless steel case, each flanked by a pusher. The crown and pusher on the right operate the compelling panorama data display, positioned at 3 o’clock within the galvanized black dial. White gold hour, minute and sweep second hands enhance the elegance of the design.
To set the alarm, first select the date, referring to the diary alarm window positioned within the subdial at 10 o’clock. Press the pusher positioned at 8 o’clock until the letter ‘d’ appears in the window. Turn the 10 o’clock crown until the red and silver pointer selects the correct date from Arabic numerals 1 to 31. To set the time, press the pusher once more; the letter ‘h’ appears. Turn the crown to select the time, referring to the aperature at 6 o’clock, from quarter-hour intervals from 00.15 to 24.00 hours. To set the alarm, press the pusher once more to bring the alarm symbol (a bell) into view, then turn the crown to wind the alarm. When the set date and time arrives, the alarm rings – for up to one minute. To stop the alarm (or to cancel one set previously), press the 8 o’clock pusher until the ‘alarm off’ symbol appears in the window (a black line struck through the bell).
The heart of the Senator Diary is the Glashütte Original Caliber 100-13, which combines the Caliber 100-03 with the extraordinary new diary appointment module for total of 600 components (the diary appointment module alone consists of 340 components), all but a handful of which are designed, manufactured, finished and painstakingly assembled in the Glashütte Original manufactory.
A superb example of the art of engineering at Glashütte Original, the ingeniously interlocking components permit the wearer to set an appointment beyond the end of the month, even when a manual correction of the date is required; any change in date at the end of the month is passed along to the alarm mechanism, obviating the need to reset the alarm. A third spring barrel built into the module ensures that even if the watch runs down, the alarm remains wound.
The Caliber 100-13 automatic movement exhibits further evidence of unparalleled excellence in fine mechanical watches from Glashütte Original, including a (divided) three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing, polished steel components and beveled edges. Both versions feature a finely worked black Louisiana alligator leather strap.