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There’s no need to bring something groundbreaking to the table to offer interesting pieces, and Glashütte certainly knows it. This year the brand keeps its momentum going and refines some of its watches. Among the new models, the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date gets a welcomed new look, but doesn’t forget its roots.

Glashütte offers a sportier Senator Chronographe Date Panorama

We have to admit that the previous version was a bit unusual. It tried to mix to very distinct worlds, formal dress watches, which have a more classical look, and chronographs, which are intended to be sportier and more dynamic. Its overall style tried to appeal to both dress watches and chronographs enthusiasts, while taking the risk of not being to either group’s liking. But the new version unveiled at Baselworld gets things back on track with a new sportier style. It also adds steel to the cases, which were only available in red gold and platinum up until now.

The chronograph now bears a nice deep black dial, contrasted by white print and enhanced by the generous use of radiant blue Super-LumiNova. Besides permitting excellent legibility in the dark, the blue Super-Luminova adds a gorgeous touch of colour and dynamism to a watch that might have been a bit monochromatic otherwise.

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The blue Super-LumiNova gives this chronograph a modern and dynamic look.

Subtle changes to give the dial more space

Glashütte also subtly cleaned up the dial to make this watch sportier and more modern. The roman numerals are replaced by large luminescent hour indexes, apart from 6 and 12 o’clock where they remain. The sword-shaped hands add a subtle hint of modernity that the classical hands did not have. The tachymeter indication on the outer dial ring is gone as well, which gives extra room to the rest and makes the dial feel less crowded. Overall this new watch is all about small details that really change the whole look. The dial still provides a lot of information while being easier to read. Glashütte successfully managed to update and keep the spirit of the Senator Chronograph.

The distinctive layout remains the one we’ve come to know from previous models. Quite unusual, it features the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters and the small seconds display on the upper-half of the dial, while Glashütte Original’s unique two discs Panorama Date sits on the lower-half. If you ask me this setup works pretty well, especially considering the rather large, but totally acceptable for a chronograph, 42 mm case.

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The layout of the sub-dials gives space to the two discs Panorama Date at 6 o’clock.

On the mechanics side, the watch houses a manufactory Calibre 37-01 chronograph movement providing a 70 hours power reserve. We might note that the buttons were a bit hard to push for such a watch, at least on the piece we had our hands on at the fair. More about this watch here. It should retail for around 13.200 and 14.700 euros depending on the strap and buckle you choose.

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The Senator Chronographe Date Panorama remains legible in the dark thanks to the blue SuperLuminova.