With all that’s going on in the watch, it’s not a surprise to learn that it’s using an in-house movement, the Calibre 100-02 (for more on this movement, see here), which is easily viewed through the large display caseback. While the 3/4 plate does obscure quite a bit of the movement from the back, what you do see (including that plate) is quite nicely finished; that said, you do get to see the most kinetic (the balance wheel) and artistic (swan-neck regulator) bits of the movement.
Given the number of complications that the movement supports, and the the fact that it’s an automatic, we’d probably expect quite a thick watch. And, while the 42mm steel case won’t win any awards for thinness (it’s 13.6mm tall), it’s by no means a “big” watch, and I had no issues slipping it under a shirt cuff when headed out for the day.
That, particularly, was a good thing, as this was a great watch to wear. While it doesn’t have the curved rear crystal of the Seventies, the sapphire-sandwiched case rode comfortably on my wrist, held nicely in place by the Alligator strap with it’s reversed deployant snugged into the curved lugs. Add in its weight of 96g, and you’ve got a watch that’s ready to get popped onto your wrist.
While this is perhaps a touch dressier than what I would consider to be a good everyday watch, I think there’s an argument to be made for it in that capacity–you’ve got classic styling paired with a whole lot of functionality. If not truly every day, it’s at least every day in the office. And you’ll want to keep that movement wound up (though, it does have a 55-hour power reserve) to keep all of those date functions in good order. Frankly, that’s not that much of a burden with a watch as good looking as this.
With this level of fit, finish, and function coming out of Glashutte, you know that pricing is firmly in the luxury camp. For the steel model we reviewed, the MSRP is $22,000; for other versions in yellow or red gold, they’ll come in a bit higher. Whatever the case finish or dial color you opt with, you’ll have a timepiece that’s ready to cross the years with you. glashuette-original.com
>Brand: Glashütte Original
>Model: Senator Perpetual Calendar
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes, I would, though I’d personally opt for the white dial with blued hands
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: The guy looking to step up to a luxury time piece that will work as a daily driver without being a sport watch
>Best characteristic of watch: The clean and balanced way the sheer amount of information is conveyed
>Worst characteristic of watch: That there isn’t one in my watch box