Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar
Glashütte craftsmanship: placing balance
Glashütte craftsmanship: manual silver plating by friction
170 years ago the first master watchmakers settled in Glashütte/Saxony. Over the years, respect for tradition, infinite patience, and incomparable watchmaking expertise have enabled the town’s noted watchmakers to achieve unparalleled success. There is no better expression of these time-honoured values than the Glashütte Original manufactory. The term refers to watchmaking firms that design and manufacture their own movements, and Glashütte Original’s ability to do so places it squarely among the elite of the world’s mechanical watchmakers.
The production of dials is doubtless one of the most difficult tasks involved in making fine mechanical watches. Along with creativity and absolute perfection, the production process requires maximum care and attention to detail. The unique dials used in our manufactory are made in Pforzheim, some 600 km from Glashütte, in our own dial manufactory. Glashütte Original brings the finest in watchmaking traditions together and combines them, under one roof, with the most advanced of contemporary materials and production technologies. In-house design and manufacture of thousands of precision components ensure that each of our exquisite mechanical movements meets the highest possible standards of quality. Each is, after all, a work of art.
Enormous added value accrues through painstaking aesthetic refinement of the components, which are delicately finished, lavishly engraved and galvanised before a master watchmaker assembles them, patiently and with great precision.
Even the simplest of Glashütte Original movements requires several hours to assemble. More elaborate movements with the most intricate and intriguing of complications – the Senator Chronometer Regulator or the Senator Tourbillon, for example – demand the dedicated attention of a master watchmaker for up to twenty working days.
Following assembly, all Glashütte Original watches are thoroughly examined and tested to ensure they meet the most exacting standards for rate precision, water resistance, shock resistance, and numerous other properties. Only at the end of this rigorous process may a watch from Glashütte Original be considered complete.