Actually, for this article we have to think of the blue color as the new black, blue is pretty much the color of choice for divers watches mainly because of its legibility and the way it behaves when appropriately lit. I remember an old watch of mine that simply drizzles fascinating reflections whenever it gets hit directly by ambient light, well the same thing is the same for the new Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar and Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase Boutique Editions with blue dials. These watches are the proud products of the qualitative regimen of the German watchmaker. They look classic and amazingly elegant when most watches at this caliber use the typical silver dials with titanium accents for the extra lavish appeal.
The case is measuring 42 mm and comes in stainless steel. Nothing fancy here, just the typical good old clean bezel, subtle lugs and aptly sized crown. Of course, I like the antireflective sapphire crystal that protects the beautiful dial for its perfect legibility and utmost protection. As for the Senator Panorama Moon Phase, its stainless steel case measures at 40 mm sharp. I think this is the result of only showing the Panorama Date at 4 and the moon-phases at 10 while the Perpetual Calendar Moon Phase shows the calendar with the month at 2 and day at 10.
The blue dial shows vivid information in one glance. Its moon phase is between 7 and 8 while the calendar is strategically spread between 10 and 2 on both sides. This is good because it makes the design neat and adds greater legibility and, of course, balance. The date is made larger which is rightfully due to considering that before it is the moon phase display. By the way the calendar sports a perpetual module which indicates leap year through a small aperture over the hands-axis that turns red. Considering that these watches are the most classical on the arsenal of Glashütte Original, Roman numerals are used with thin railroad minute track. The brand’s typical Glashütte Original hands contribute to the elegant character of the Perpetual Calendar and Panorama Date Moon Phase.
Furthermore, the blue dials of these watches normally require 40 separate operations which is simply astounding. Part of the process that gives the dials their hue is the galvanic treatment where utmost precision is practiced such as the galvanic coloring process among others.
The Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase uses Calibre 100–04 movement which is the streamlined version since it only displays the date and the moon phase. The Senator Perpetual Calendar Moon Phase, on the other hand, uses its big brother Calibre 100–02 sporting a reset function and 55 hours of power reserve. Since it is obviously bigger than the Calibre 100–04, it is housed on a bigger 42 mm case whereas the former is at 40 mm as mentioned earlier.
The leather straps are nicely mated with the blue dials so it has some blue accents too which is kind of cool. Meanwhile as of this writing, prices are pegged to be 19.000 Euros for the Senator Perpetual Calendar Moon Phase and 9.800 Euros for the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase.
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