The new Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph Capital Edition measures 42 mm x 14.6 mm and is limited to 100 pieces in steel, 25 pieces in red gold, and 5 pieces in platinum.

The dials are made in-house and come in either Bourbon Gray or Dry Ice for the platinum model. The brownish-gray sunburst is different from the standard color hues typically offered by watch companies, which may appeal to some.

A power indicator is subtly integrated into the running small seconds counter at 9 o’clock which is a nice touch. Finally, the movement, caliber 37 which we photographed here, is beautifully embellished, although not to quite the same level you see from Glashutte Original’s neighbor A. Lange & Sohne.

Retail for the Senator Chronograph Capital Edition steel version is $14,900 which is not so bad for an in-house column-wheel equipped flyback chronograph. But for rose gold, the price more than doubles to $31,500. And the platinum model comes in at an insanely high price of $55,000. Bear in mind an ounce of gold is currently selling for significantly more than platinum at $1,350 versus $1,000. And sure platinum is denser so you can fit more mass of platinum in the same volume as you can with gold, but still, let’s be honest: charging $23,500 more for a platinum case compared to a case made of 18K gold is ludicrous.

Jason Pitsch
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Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good design and engineering in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type of craftsmanship: watchmaking.