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UNION Automatic Perpetual: An introduction

December 13 2002 at 4:55 AM
Marcus Hanke  (no login)

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This is the new Automatic Perpetual by UNION. As you know, the older version with the classic subdial display has been discontued. Replacing it is this beuatifuyl watch, featuring the same perpetual calendar module that is used by the GO Senator line. The only apparent difference is the use of subdials for weekdays and months, instead of the windows on the GO Senator. Thus one has a design alternative.

The perpetual already features the new silver dial, which will be replacing the former, plain white one. It has the same appearance than that of the handwinding Bergter series. Unfortunately, it is really difficult to capture the beautiful appearance of the grainy surface in the pictures.

Note the delicate framing of the big date's window and the domed moon in white gold, which IMO is a lot more beautiful than the printed moon found on most other watches.

The steel case is rahter high (13 mm), compared with the other Union selfwinding watches. This, of course, is due to the calendar module. However, Union succeeds in effectively camouflaging the height by means of the combination of brushed and polished parts:

The movement itself is well known, the Union cal. 26, with the usually nice decoration and the gold-plated and skeletonized rotor:

As you know, the main difference between the Glashuette Original cal. 39 and Union's cal. 26 is the different adjustment mechanism, and the fact that the cal. 26's decoration is applied by machines rather than individually by handcraft.

The watch's list price is EUR 7,950.00, making it the most inexpensive perpetual with inhouse movement.


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