The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.

The 2017 Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date

At Baselworld with the new Senator Chronometer Panorama Date.

Glashütte Original brought an excellent understated suite of releases to Baselworld 2017. We thought we'd spend a little more time discussing in greater detail what makes these new releases unique, and how they contribute to the larger GO collection as a whole.  A separate post will follow on the new Calibre 36 series, but first up is the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date, the piece that garnered the most media coverage at Baselworld this year.

The 2017 model isn't the first Senator Chronograph Panorama Date. That distinction belongs to a precious metal piece that came out in 2014 and marked a significant achievement for Glashutte Original. While Glashutte Original has long had chronograph watches in their collection, they were all two register modular chronographs such as the Senator Chronograph, and Senator Sixties Chronograph, that featured either the Calibre 39 or 100 movements with a chronograph module built on top of it. In contrast, the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date features the Calibre 37 which is an integrated (not modular) column wheel actuated flyback chronograph. It's equipped with central hour and minute hands, and 30 and 60-minute chronograph registers, with a power reserve indicator that counts down its generous 70 hours of reserve neatly integrated into the 60-minute counter at 9:00. What's attractive about the chronograph layout is that it provides a tremendous amount of information without appearing cluttered.

Since 2014, the only other introduction to feature the Calibre 37 was the nostalgic cushion shaped Senator Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date. This new 2017 model is significant as it is the first time the calibre has been used in a round steel case. What I like about the watch is that it isn't just a steel version of the existing 18kt gold model. While it is of course similar in that it shares the same case and distinctive 12-3-9 register layout and independent date wheel at 6:00 as it's more expensive predecessor, it is a much sportier watch, thanks to new black dial, sportier hand shape, and contrasting blue Super Luminova. The tone of the watch can be best compared to the lumed Senator Observer that came out a few years ago. Note that the hands of the new Senator Chronograph Panorama Date are similar in shape to the Senator Observer, but the blue lume and blue indices give the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date a much more modern look.  

A low-light picture taken to showcase the blue lume.

While the watch is only 42mm, it wears on the large side, though still very wearable. As it doesn't have a very thick bezel, the dial aperture seems to have a greater diameter than a typical 42mm piece. It's worth noting that the black dial probably causes it to wear a little smaller than the precious metal versions for 2014, even though it's a sport watch. It also wears considerably smaller than the  44mm Senator Observer which is probably the closest watch to it in the current Glashutte Original line.

Unlike some 42mm watches that have a lug-to-lug of 50mm plus, this piece is under 47mm.

A (shirt cuff color coordinated) wrist shot of the Glashutte Original Senator Panorama Date.

The watch has a reasonable amount of depth and a thickness of 15.7mm. It's a good pick for those that had fallen in love with the look of the Observer, but found it had a little too much wrist presence.

Back to the movement, this watch, along with the Senator Seventies Panorama Date, are Glashütte Originals only steel watches to feature the Calibre 37-01.

The Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is available on an alligator leather strap, a sporty rubber strap, and a 3-link stainless steel bracelet fitted with what is quite possibly one of the best adjustable clasps we've ever tried.

The Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is $14,800 on a rubber or leather strap, and $16,400 on the steel bracelet.

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.