I've reconsidered over the years
Jan 23, 2023,16:17 PM
For many years I loved the Senator Rattrapante and thought it was underrated. With a slightly more experienced eye for design, I can revisit it today and say the dial has problems. The date window at 4 o'clock does not provide proper balance to the off-centre subregisters.
Somebody with more technical ability than me would be able to comment on whether the Senator Rattrapante borrowed the panoramic date window gearing from another model. Production of this model was limited, even by Glashutte Original's standards. The 4 o'clock date window location works well with the Pano(retro)graph, as that dial is carefully balanced. Unlike a smaller date window (e.g. Bell & Ross), the Pano date stands out and must be considered a big part of the dial design.
Consider the dial layout of today's Senator Chronograph. We can see the designers went in this direction when they developed the modern integrated chronograph movement. I think we can agree that the level of craftsmanship and finishing of the Senator Rattrapante movement is strongly preferred to the modern movement, but (I think) the front of the watch matters when considering long term ownership satisfaction.