New color combo…

Elite “Made in Germany” watch brand Glashütte Original gives us a sneak peak of what is to come at Baselworld 2011 (March 2011).  Unfortunately it is not a “new” model — but I’ll still take it The Glashutte Senator Diary made its world debut at Baselworld last year, and the watch seems to have been well received by Glashütte enthusiasts.  Thus is makes sense this year to see Glashütte presenting the Senator Diary in a new, white gold version with a charcoal grey dial and matching grey Nubuk leather strap.  This new color scheme looks great.  The technical accomplishment of this watch is its mechanical alarm function that can be set up to 30 days in advance. Practical?  Maybe.  Horologically impressive? Definitely (the diary appointment module alone consists of 340 components).  The price of this new Senator Diary will likely be in the $15,000-$20,000 range, which is about par for the course a brand as prestigious as Glashütte.

Glashutte Original Senator Diary 2011

42mm white gold case, Glashütte Original manufacture Caliber 100-13, comes on an integrated Louisiana alligator Nubuk leather strap

close-up look at the calendar alarm sub-dial:


As an aside, I do wonder if this new color combination is at all related to last year’s intro of a similarly colored Glashutte Panoinverse XL, which was also lauded by renowned watch world opinion makers, **ahem**, myself and my good friends at Hodinkee.  As I discussed here, the original Panoinverse XL, while technically admirable, was not the most eye-pleasing, but the color scheme introduced in 2010 really made the concept work.  Is Glashütte making a similar move with the new Senator Diary?

One final note — Your loyal Editors (Sir James Bond and myself) are getting our Baselworld 2011 Forum fired up and ready to go.  Pre-releases are coming in as we speak, so be sure to keep an eye on it between now and March 24 when Baselworld 2011 begins.