On 20th October 2016, Glashütte Original celebrated the official opening this evening of its first Boutique in Austria, with an event entirely under the sign of excellence and the fine arts. The German watchmaker took the opportunity of this glamorous occasion to present its new Senator Excellence models.
It’s only recently in the very long history of watchmaking that all these brands have invested the time and resources to developing in-house chronograph movements. When there are reliable and capable options like the Valjoux 7750 accessible, the capability to develop something in-house affords the brand quite a bit of bragging rights and is appreciated by today’s collecting community. Of course, there’s an ongoing debate on the worth of in-house movements in addition to indictments of the practice that are rather persuasive. However, we can’t allow this wider discussion steer us away from talking about the movement at hand.The calibre 37-01 defeats at 4Hz and offers 70 hours of power reserve. The brand even claims they have a new oscillation system that guarantees only a 5% deviation from that 70 hours of power reserve. The chronograph mechanism includes a 30-minute counter plus a 12-hour counter and is activated by a column-wheel. Generally, chronograph movements are either clutch triggered or column-wheel activated and while the former is easier to design and manufacture, the latter is claimed to offer a smoother pusher activity and less wear on elements over time.The motion is visible via a screen caseback and in true Glashütte style, there’s a three-quarter plate, swan-neck regulator, heat-blued screws, and plenty of beveled edges. The rotor is 21ct gold and decorated with a ‘double-G’ motif.