The recently unveiled Glashütte Original Senator Navigator Perpetual Calendar (ref. 100-07-07-05-04) self-winding wristwatch combines an in-house hand-made movement with an almost mind-numbing price tag. I mean, a recommended street price of €15,800 for a timekeeper in brushed stainless steel body is quite impressive even if it is equipped with a state of the art in-house movement, right?
Glashutte Original is one of those sixty-something “perimeter brands” that, in the view of The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), follow the fundamental principles of the high-watchmaking art and, therefore manufacture what can be described as “real fine watches”.
Although the brand was reestablished only 15 years ago after the fall of the communist government and the reunification of Germany, the company sits quite comfortably among such prominent players as Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, the legendary Breguet, Breitling, Vacheron Constantin, Ulysse Nardin, and Zenith.
In fact, the brand was such a success that in 2000 it was bought by the omnipresent Swiss-based super conglomerate Swatch Group to become one of the dearest jewels in its crown.
The entry-luxury Senator Navigator line was first presented to the public in 2006.
The hand-made vintage aviator watch was priced at about $9000 for big date model but was also available without this complication for mere $5000.
Styled almost exactly like the “official” timepieces worn by the World War II-era German Luftwaffe pilots, the watch proved to be a huge success among enthusiasts (of course, considering its hefty price stick) and later the company revealed an even more expensive $30,000 PanoNavigator model with its 44m case made of platinum.
And now, enter the Senator Navigator Perpetual Calendar watch.
Revealed at the 2009 Basel international trade fair and priced at €15,800 for a stainless-steel model, the watch features the same 44mm case with an in-house Caliber 100-07 ticking inside it.
The movement sports a finely crafted perpetual calendar mechanism with an additional leap year complication.
Glashütte Original was probably so proud about its new baby that it has placed the leap year indicator at the upper half of the dial right under the 12 o’clock and made it so huge that it seems draw too much attention to itself.
Its historically accurate diamond-shaped hour and minute hands, as well as the seconds hand, Arabic numerals and hour and minutes indicator are covered with high-quality SuperLumiNova material.
Applied against matte black background of the dial, the bright white luminous substance further adds to the timepiece’s superb legibility.
To give the Navigator even more vintage look, G.O. is going to sell it with a used-look calfskin strap with stainless steel buckle.
Well, if the Navigator looks too expensive to you (nothing to be ashamed of), there is still a less expensive Archimede Pilot H historic watch to consider, which is about 40 times more affordable and is also made in Germany.
Photos: Glashütte Original
Glashütte Original Senator Navigator Perpetual Calendar (ref. 100-07-07-05-04) automatic watch specification :
Price range: €15,800 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber 100-07, automatic, in-house, Made in Germany
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Functions & Complications: Hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar with leap year indicator
Power reserve: 55 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Case diameter: 44.00 mm
Case height: 13.90 mm
Dial: Black, with white Super LumiNova filled indexes and hands
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown Calf leather strap with contrast stitching and GO pin buckle in stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire