We’re always excited when Glashütte Original presents new models to us and this time they’ve combined two classic Glashütte complications, the panorama date and the flying tourbillon. Both are very well executed in the new Senator Tourbillon Alfred Helwig Edition. This is a limited edition of 25 pieces only in white gold.
Senator Tourbillon Alfred Helwig Edition
Presented in a 42 mm white gold case with a light silver-grained dial and contrasting black laser- engraved indexes and chapter ring. The large panorama date, or digital display, sits neatly a 12 o’clock. Actually it celebrates it’s 20th anniversary for it’s first launch in 1997. Ever since that time Glashütte Original uses two discs which are arranged on the same level so the date reads easily without separation bar. On the lower side of the dial at 6 o’clock you will find the flying tourbillon ticking away.clearly.
The Roman index at 1 o’clock reveals the individual numbering of the limited edition. When looking though the sapphire caseback you will find the Saxon art of watchmaking in the shape of the manufacture Calibre 94-03 movement which comes with a 48-hour power reserve. Finished with the Glashütte stripes, blued screws and the two- tone galvanized skeletonized rotor. With it’s black Louisiana alligator leather strap with white gold foldover clasp you can secure it to your wrist without risking to drop it.
Master watchmaker Alfred Helwig
In watchmaking a tourbillon (French for whirlwind) is one of the most high-end horological complications. Originally developed by Abraham Louis Breguet in 1801 to compensate for the effects of gravity on the precision of mechanical (pocket) watches. This watch carries the name of the inventor of the flying tourbillon. This advanced version was built by Alfred Helwig in 1920 and differs from the classic tourbillion primarily in terms of aesthetics. Anchored on one side only, it has no need for the top bridge which offeres an unobstructed view of this beautiful complication.
Master watchmaker Alfred Helwig was born in the region of Niederlausitz where he graduated with honours in 1905. After completing his training at the German Watchmaking School of Glashütte he remained a loyal teacher for over forty years. Alfred Helwig is considered one of the most important figures in the history of Glashütte watchmaking. And so is his invention of the Flying Tourbillon from 1920. Today his name graces the Glashütte Original watchmaking school, located in the same building where he once worked and taught, educating the future of the Glashütte art of watchmaking.
The flying tourbillon from Glashütte Original weighs only 0.2 grams and exists of 72 finely finished components. Each is finished and assembled entirely by hand.
The Glashütte Original Senator Tourbillon Alfred Helwig Edition is limited to 25 numbered editions.
For more info visit the official Glashütte Original website.
Case material: White gold
Movement: Manufacture calibre 94-03
Power: 48 hours from manual winding
Water resistance: n/a
Dial: Silver grained dial with black laser engraved indexes and chapter ring
Strap: Black Louisiana alligator strap with white gold foldover clasp
Glashütte Original Senator Tourbillon Alfred Helwig Edition 99,900 Euro (MRSP incl. VAT, prices may vary depending on location.)