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.
Looking at the situation in steel, the thin double-step bezel and the curved lugs help give the watch a more casual, almost sporty look. This is further accentuated by the prominent fluted screw-down crown. The pushers are square and adhere to the situation silhouette, however. It seems like Glashütte was trying to walk a fine line between creating this watch look too sporty or too formal.At 42mm broad and 14.6mm thick, so this is a fairly large sized watch and this is more a consequence of technical limitations within an automatic chronograph movement can only be so sparse. While aesthetically, the watch would not look out of place using a suit, it is certainly not inconspicuous enough to be a true dress watch. It’s rated to 100m of water resistance along with the corresponding rubber strap means that you may take it swimming with you — just remember not to function the pushers underwater.The dial is where a number of the biggest design changes have been introduced which lend this view its casual look. The base dial is varnished in a deep, rich black, unlike its own precious metal siblings, also for those used to looking at conventional three-dial chronographs or perhaps the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph, the Glashütte turns objects on its head — literally. The 12-hour counter is now at 12:00, together with operating seconds and power reserve at 9:00, 30-minute counter at 3:00, and the panorama date down in 6:00. Considering all the functions this watch offers, it’s not surprising that there is a busy dial up and while most of it’s well designed, I really do find the “Glashütte I/SA” printed right above the 12:00 sub-dial to be unnecessary and a bit of an eyesore.