I have to say that the Glashütte Original caliber 37 movements are among the best-kept secrets in the watch world for people who like chronographs. There is not anything else out there quite like it, and it must really get more attention for supplying as much functionality as it can in a bundle that appears very straightforward and tasteful. I will also note that it’s a stop seconds attribute (meaning that when you pull out the crown, the moments hand stops so that you can more precisely set the time). The chronograph seems to be a mere 30-minute chronograph in the beginning, but then you see that hours are counted not through a dialup, but a moving disc observable under 12 o’clock. I had been worried about the legibility of something like this at first, but I learned to really love it – and really find this system for reading a 12-hour chronograph superior to most others. Like I said, the chronograph is a flyback, and managed via a pillar wheel transmission which you are able to see in the motion when viewing it through the sapphire crystal throughout the rear of the case.Finally, Glashütte Original finishes the high-functionality bundle by including a discreet power reserve indicator inside the top left quadrant of this subsidiary seconds dial. It will cut out a little bit of the dial’s indicators, but that’s a very small price to cover this added functionality that I actually appreciate. From a performance perspective, the 37-02 motion operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) using a power reserve of about three days.
Two new versions have now joined the line-up, the Senator Excellence Panorama Date and the Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase. Both models take up the promise of an assured new standard of quality, embodied in the Calibre 36 in its precision, running time, stability and aesthetics, with the Panorama Date and Moon Phase as characteristic elements of the art of watchmaking at Glashütte Original.