Glashütte releases tradition-rich limited edition Senator Tourbillon and it's top of our Christmas wishlist

By Rose Adams | 21 Dec 2017 | Style

With only 25 pieces made, you'll have to move quickly to get Glasshütte's stylish new Senator Tourbillon – Edition Alfred Helwig

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* Only 25 pieces are being released of the timelessly beautiful Senator Tourbillon – Edition Alfred Helwig

The new limited-edition design of Glasshütte's Senator Tourbillon, the Edition Alfred Helwig is here to decorate your wrist in the most traditional and stylish way – but buyers will have to be quick, as this watch is limited to just 25 pieces. The luxury timepiece was designed to contradict the law of gravity in two ways at once – firstly with the rotation of its Flying Tourbillon, which effortlessly resists the pull of gravity, and secondly how the filigreed mounting reinforces the impression of pure weightlessness. With its new, light dial and attractive individual numbering, the edition offers moving insights into the lightness of being.

Presented in a 42mm 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, this exclusive accessory confirms its uniqueness in a discreet and elegant way. The sleek black leather strap crafted from Louisiana alligator has a white gold foldover clasp, assuring a secure and stylish presence on the wrist. Ticking within the watch is the manufactory Calibre 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 trademark Glashütte stripe finish, blued screws and the twotone galvanized skeletonized rotor. >>

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* Only 25 pieces are being released of the timelessly beautiful Senator Tourbillon – Edition Alfred Helwig

Designs synonymous with Glashütte include the Panorama Date, positioned below 12 o'clock, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The new model, which carries the name of the inventor of the Flying Tourbillon, is inspired by the master watchmaker Alfred Helwig. Born in the region of Niederlausitz, Alfred Helwig graduated with honours in 1905, having completed his training at the German Watchmaking School Glashütte, where he remained a loyal teacher for more than forty years.

Given his work and writings, he is still considered one of the most important figures in the history of Glashütte watchmaking – and yet it is his invention of the Flying Tourbillon from 1920 that has secured him his place in the international annals of haute horlogerie. 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. 

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