Glashütte Original Senator Moon Phase Skeletonized edition
It was only a couple of weeks ago that Glashütte introduced us to two new Senator models. Once again, they have a new Senator to take the stage. As we got used to the Panorama Date and Panorama Date Moon Phase, a third one pops up: the Moon Phase Skeletonized edition. A mouth full of what appears to be an artistic piece of horology from the watch makers of Glashütte.
To Skeletonize or not to skeletonize
Before I start talking about the watch, I would like to discuss the way skeletonizing watches. I’ve got a problem with the way this is done in many – many – watches. There are these cheap knock-offs for sale at your favourite holiday destination, that give the masses a completely wrong idea of skeletonized watches. We all know what I’m talking about. A watch, cheap automatic movement and poorly finished movement and ways of skeletonizing. This creates a problem in my opinion. Because when I discuss this skeletonized Glashütte with another watch freak, we’ll probably won’t doubt the design or quality of the watch. However, if someone with no knowledge at all sees this watch, he’ll think it’s a cheap piece of nothing. Which it isn’t of course. So I have a bit of a strange relationship with skeletonized watches. That’s not bad at all, just.. strange.
I’ll try to explain myself a bit better. This is how I see this watch; the combination of a large index ring, engraved bridges and a lot of different elements makes it almost too much for one individual to comprehend. Don’t get me wrong, the art of skeletonizing is something special and truly shows craftsmanship, but you have to sit down and slowly absorb every detail. If not done correctly, you’ll find it difficult to accept a watch like this. Besides that, I think that press photos don’t do justice to a watch with characteristics like these. You can only understand the design choices and/or beauty of the piece when you see it in real life. So I’m very interested in my first real life encounter with this timepiece.
The new Senator Moon Phase Skeletonized Edition measures a 42mm in diameter. Not bad for a watch with these characteristics. The case is made out of white gold and the skeletonized dial exists out of galvanized silver with black Roman numerals. To be honest, I think the use of numerals is a bit too much. Since the watch shows much more detail than any other regular watch, it should be very important to keep the focus on primary things. I have a difficult time deciding what this watch does to me. If I’m saying this, you’re probably wondering why the heading states ‘classical elegance’. Well, that’s pretty simple. The design of this watch is very classy. The case, the lugs and the proportions. Those of a good dress watch – there are people amongst us who think that 42mm is too big for a dress watch, but I do not agree with that.
At this moment, I realize how difficult it is to explain my point with this new skeleton watch – without making it sound like I don’t like the watch at all. I could try and explain it, but it’s merely my opinion, so if I tell you or not, it will not influence your life in any way. Let’s just say that I find it hard to focus on the true beauty of this watch because of the classical way of skeletonizing, the engraving of the movement and the open worked dial. The combination of these things makes it an explosion of details – one that’s difficult to absorb by my brain.
Skeletonized watches a true to the essence
Now, before people at Glashütte think I hate their new watch: NO! You’re wrong! I like skeletonized watches more than any other regular watch. Not because of their looks or the technique, no. It’s because of the fact that a watch with that much visibility approaches watch making better than anything else. You see, when a certain brand or watch maker gives us the ability to see the technique behind the dial – or better; no dial at all – we get to see the reason why mechanical watches are such pieces of art. That’s what should be the priority of every watch head; getting in touch with the technique and the craft that makes that second hand move as smooth as that Latina girl you was dancing with last night. Or something like that.
Facts for fun or freaks
The Skeletonized Edition is available in three different varieties: one with a buckle, a folding clasp and a short folding clasp. Of course in white gold, same as the case. As said, the case has a diameter of 42mm and measures a height of 11.2mm. Inside the 18Ct. white gold case you’ll find the galvanized silver skeletonized dial, measuring 34mm. This means that the overall look of the watch isn’t as big as 42mm would suggest – according to some people. As seen with other Senator models too, this Skeletonized one also has a sapphire case back, displaying the 49-13 Calibre and all of its details. Like it or not, there has been a crazy amount of time spend on this movement and all of the finishes; craftsmanship as it should be. The hand-wound movement has a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. Displayed on the dial is a moon phase, sub dial on 6 o’clock and power reserve indicator at 2 o’clock.
A cool watch with a very classical approach of skeletonizing. It is difficult to please everybody with this amount of detail and the way of engraving, but I think it is a perfect example of the craftsmanship we like to see in the industry. The smaller the detail, the better the attention. As I said, I have a bit of trouble with accepting all of the details at once, but that could be a problem of my own. I think Glashütte did a great job on this Senator watch and I would love to see it in real life. A perfect start of the most cosy time of the year. Nice present Glashütte😉