Focus: Glashütte Original

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite

CASE : stainless steel, transparent sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 50m

SIZE : 44mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding with a three-quarter rotor, Caliber 89-02, 72h power reserve

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, small seconds, large date, power-reserve indicator, two day/night indicators, local time, worldtime with summer/ winter time

DIAL : matt white, blue appliques and fonts

STRAP : black alligator leather with stainless steel folding clasp

Truly universal

Although worldtime watches are sometimes referred to as universal time models, they are not necessarily so. Glashütte Original, ‘the other’ German Fine Watchmaking brand, had resolved the issue with its Senator Cosmopolite in 2012, which is now introduced with a steel case. The Senator Cosmopolite is probably the world’s most complete, convenient and intelligent worldtime watch. Complete, because it covers all 37 time zones on the planet, including those with a one-, twoor three-quarter hour difference compared with full hours, including India, which is UTC+ 5:30. The actual time experienced for 1.3 billion people is impossible to display on a conventional multitime- zone watch, which has no dedicated and independent minutes hand. Convenient, because the Cosmopolitan classifies time zones into two categories, depending on whether or not they apply winter time. The city-name disks typical of worldtime watches are spread between two apertures, one of which is called DST, which stands for Daylight Saving Time (summer time). Intelligent, because these functions – that are must-haves for frequent travelers and yet so rare – are complemented by day/ night indicators, a large date and a power reserve, all driven by a superb self-winding caliber.

Journaliste expert en horlogerie et correspondant régulier de WorldTempus, David alimente notre rubrique technique.

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