This was a great Baselworld for Glashutte Original. They released the ultimate complicated travel watch with the new Senator Cosmopolite which you can read about here. The watch that stole the show for me was the NEW Senator Observer.
This watch has overall style elements of the A Lange & Sohne 1815 up and down, but it has serious balls! The size is perfect at 44 mm, making this an everyday dress watch. I love that it’s available in steel with black, silver and grey dial options on black alligator straps. It’s also available on a stainless steel bracelet. The price is right at $11,800 on an alligator strap and $13,200 on a stainless steel bracelet. This watch is seriously going to give the iWC 7 Day Portuguese a run for its money!
The dial is perfectly executed with ten perfectly legible Arabic numerals while the space that would occupy the Arabic numeral 3 and the Arabic numeral 9 are replaced with a 55 hour power reserve indicator at the three o’clock position and a sub seconds hand at the nine o’clock position. The hands are made out of 18k white gold on the grey dial, white gold in-lay on the black dial, while the hands are steel blue on the silver dial version. All three versions have the panorama date located above this six o’clock Arabic numeral and and the Glashutte I SA signature.
Traditionally, observation watches use mechanical hand wound movements, but GO has decided to use the in house self-winding 100.14 calibre with 55 hour power reserve for the new Senator Observer. This allows the wearer to enjoy this piece in comfort and style. This movement can be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback, featuring the iconic Glashutte Original 3 quarter plate with Glashutte ribbing, polished steel components and beveled edges which distinguish the highest level of watch making from Glashutte Original.
The straps available on the NEW Senator Observer are black calf, black alligator and steel bracelet on the silver dial and grey dial options while the black dial is only available on black calf and steel bracelet options.
I am very impressed with the NEW Glashutte Original Senator Observer because it was the necessary shot in the arm they needed that will be a hit for many years to come!