For Baselworld 2013, German high-end watchmaker Glashütte Original celebrates fine mechanical watches with the exceptional new Senator Tourbillon.
The new model places the Flying Tourbillon, developed by Glashütte watchmaker Alfred Helwig in 1920, within the elegant frame of a contemporary redesign of the Saxon manufactory’s classic Senator series.
The Senator Tourbillon is a picture of stylish classicism executed in white gold.
The 42 mm case of this timepiece features a somewhat slimmer bezel than previous Senator models, allowing the bezel to serve as an elegant frame for the fine lacquered gray grained dial.
The dial visuals feature Roman numerals and a classic railroad chapter ring engraved in the surface which subsequently receives an elegant silver inlay.
The distinctive Panorama Date is presented in white on a dark ground beneath hour 12, and the ‘poire’ hands in white gold enhance the transcendent elegance of the design.
Taking pride of place on the dial is the superb Flying Tourbillon with seconds indicator, positioned at six o’clock in harmonious counterpoint to the Panorama Date.
The Flying Tourbillon was developed in 1920 by the master craftsman Alfred Helwig, one of Germany's most remarkable watchmakers and who started as an instructor at the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte in 1913.
The traditional tourbillon mechanism, designed to counter the effect of gravity on rate precision, is anchored at both the top and the bottom.
Alfred Helwig’s version implemented a cantilevered mechanism anchored on one side only, which led to it becoming known as a ‘flying’ tourbillon. The balance, pallet lever, and escape wheel are housed in a cantilevered carriage that turns 360 ° once a minute, thus neutralizing rate deviations of the balance due to gravity.
The Flying Tourbillon remains an extraordinary aesthetic and horological invention, and finds an exceptional environment in the manufactory’s new Senator Tourbillon.