Glashütte Original has introduced a new version of its Senator Tourbillon, the Edition Alfred Helwig which brings together two classic Glashütte complications – a flying tourbillon and a Panorama Date. This new timepiece is a limited edition of only 25 pieces.
Presented in a 42 mm white gold case framing a light, silver-grained dial whose finely textured surface sets off the black laser-engraved indexes and railroad chapter ring clearly. The Roman “index” at 1 o'clock reveals the individual numbering of the limited edition. The Panorama Date, positioned below 12 o'clock, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Since 1997, Glashütte Original has used two date discs arranged concentrically on the same level to ensure that one can read the date easily without a central separation bar.
The flying tourbillon, invented by Alfred Helwig in 1920, is placed at 6 o’ clock. When he created it in 1920, Helwig’s flying tourbillon differed from the classic tourbillion primarily in terms of aesthetics: anchored on one side only, it has no need for the top bridge, thus offering the viewer an unobstructed view of the beauty of this highly sophisticated complication.
The movement of the balance and cage can be admired without interference from a top bridge. The lightness of the construction is certainly meant to be taken literally: The “flying” tourbillon from Glashütte Original weighs only 0.2 grams. It is comprised of 72 finely finished components, which are painstakingly decorated and assembled by hand.
This timepiece is powered by the manufactory Caliber 94-03 movement with 48-hour power reserve. Additional classic features of the Saxon art of watchmaking can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back, including the Glashütte stripe finish, blued screws and the two-tone galvanized skeletonized rotor. It is paired with a black Louisiana alligator leather strap with a white gold fold-over clasp. This limited edition timepiece (Ref. 19403050430) will retail at AED456,000.