Glashütte Original Senator Tourbillon Edition Alfred Helwig


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German watch brand Glashütte Original has just launched a new exclusive timepiece – the Senator Tourbillon Edition Alfred Helwig. As its name implies, it is a tribute to great Alfred Helwig, the inventor of the Flying Tourbillon. Born in 1886, the master watchmaker graduated with honors in 1905 from the German Watchmaking School Glashütte, where he would later teach for more than forty years. Specialized in the precision adjustment and the tourbillons, Alfred Helwig developed the Flying Tourbillon in 1920. His work and writings have made him  one of the most important figures the history of German watchmaking and secured him a place in the annals of haute horlogerie. In 2002, Glashütte Original established its own watchmaking school named after Alfred Helwig. Each year, the school trains 12 watchmakers and 3 tool makers.

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Alfred Helwig developed the Flying Tourbillon in 1920

 

Located at 6 o’clock, the Flying Tourbillon is, obviously, the star of the show here. Unlike the classic tourbillon, the Flying Tourbillon is anchored on one side only. This design eliminates the need for the top bridge, allowing the viewer an unobstructed view of this highly intricate complication. In this watch, the tourbillon is powered from the third wheel to the fourth. The escape wheel pinion sticks out from below the tourbillon and engages with the fourth wheel, attached firmly to the base plate. This also allows the escape wheel to trigger, via the pallet fork, the oscillations of the balance wheel. The entire construction of the tourbillon is very lightweight, weighing only 0.2 grams! The Flying Tourbillon here features 72 finely finished components, all of which are decorated and set up by hand.

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The entire tourbillon construction weighs only 0.2 grams!

 

At 12 o’clock we have another classic Glashütte complication – the Panorama Date. Introduced twenty years ago, the brand’s signature date display features two date discs arranged concentrically on the same level. Thanks to this design, which doesn’t include a central separation bar, the date can be more easily read.

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The absence of a central separation bar allows for easier reading of the date

 

The new Senator Tourbillon Edition Alfred Helwig is produced in a very limited edition of only 25 pieces – one for each Glashütte Original boutique in the world. The timepiece is housed in a handsome 42mm white gold case. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and features a transparent sapphire caseback. Underneath the front sapphire crystal glass is a beautiful silver-grained dial with black Roman numerals and black railroad minute track. The hours and minutes are indicated by two central blued-steel hands. To add a touch of exclusivity to the dial, Glashütte Original subtly replaced the 1 o’clock numeral with the individual numbering of the limited edition.

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The 1 o’clock numeral has been replaced with the individual numbering of the limited edition

 

Powering the Glashütte Original Senator Tourbillon Edition Alfred Helwig is the in-house made caliber 94-03. Visible through the transparent case back, this self-winding movement is decorated with blued screws, Glashütte stripe finish and features a two-tone galvanized skeletonized rotor. The movement itself beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Priced at $118,000, the watch comes on a stylish blue Louisiana alligator leather strap.

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The timepiece is presented on an elegant leather strap

 

 

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