Starting with Glashütte Original's 42mm Senator case (in either red or white gold), the Chronometer Regulator is big enough to make the regulator layout highly legible while still sitting nicely on the wrist. Much bigger and the watch would feel clunky, smaller and it would be difficult to read at a glance. Also, at 12.47mm thick, the watch feels properly proportioned, neither thick nor thin.
The dial is grained silver with the registers set in just enough to add some interest. Blued steel hands and inky black markings offer good contrast while remaining relatively understated. At 12 o'clock you'll find the hours subdial (also housing the day/night indicator), at 3 o'clock you have the panoramic date, at 6 o'clock the running seconds, and at 9 o'clock the indicator for the 45 hour power reserve. The minutes hand is centered in the traditional regulator style. This layout will likely take some getting used to before the watch reads intuitively, but it doesn't seem like that would take very long.
Turning the Chronometer Regulator over reveals the distinctly German movement powering this watch, in-house calibre 58.04. It is manually-wound and chronometer certified, has a striped three-quarter plate that reveals only a few gears and wheels, and the balance is dramatically displayed off to one side. The balance cock is ornately engraved and topped with the swan-neck fine adjuster. This is one you can stare at for a while.
Regulators are definitely an acquired taste, but this is a really great example. It's clear that Glashütte Original has taken its time with this watch and viewed it as much more than a novelty item. The movement is stunning and the complication has a deep rooted history in the town of Glashütte.
The Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Regulator is limited by production but not strictly speaking a limited edition. In red gold it is priced at $31, 500 and in white gold at $33, 300. For more details, visit Glashütte Original online.
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