First launched in 2015, the Sixties Iconic Collection from Glashütte Original, now takes its tribute to iconic ’60s design to a new level.
In parallel with the 67th Berlinale, the German watchmaker introduces a special collection of five square chronographs featuring distinctive dials made by the Saxon manufactory’s own dial makers in Pforzheim, Germany.
The stunning colors and dial visuals use design elements first presented in a range of “Spezimatic” models produced in the 1960s. 25 sets of the distinct Sixties Iconic Square Collection will be available in Glashütte Original Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide.
The 1960s made their mark with inspirational design in watchmaking, furniture, fashion and beyond, with geometric forms and innovative, colorful visuals. In in the mid-sixties, Glashütte’s watchmakers launched the Spezimatic in a series of versions with popular design elements of the time – the square cushion shape, domed dials, curved hands, idiosyncratic Arabic numerals – inspired the Sixties Iconic Square Collection.
Five colors give the models their names: Sixties Iconic Forest, Sixties Iconic Ocean, Sixties Iconic Graphite, Sixties Iconic Tangerine and Sixties Iconic Fire. All are powered by the manufactory automatic Caliber 39-34, featuring characteristic attributes of fine watchmaking in the Glashütte tradition.
Authentic ’60s design makes for original dials
The five new models were made using original tools and authentic methods from the 1960s, they are the result of an extremely complex and time-consuming process.
Glashütte Original’s expert dial makers pay obsessive attention to each of the labor intensive steps, in particular to the application of colored lacquers to achieve the precise hues and shading, from light centers to dark perimeters, known as the “dégradé effect” – a lavish finish found on all of the five pieces.
The lacquered dials are fired in an oven to burn in the colors. With four of the five models in the Sixties Iconic Square Collection these uniquely shaded hues are combined with the sophistication of a refined sunburst finish, which enhances the dégradé effect.
The fifth model, the Sixties Iconic Graphite, features an elaborate imprint instead – achieved in a particularly interesting manner. Prior to galvanic nickel plating the dial blank is imprinted, with the help of a 60-tonne press, with the intricate filigree pattern of a guilloche stamp. Known as “dies”, stamps such as these, held in the archives of the Glashütte Original dial manufactory, are a further example of extreme authenticity.
The five models in the Sixties Iconic Square Collection feature the distinctive square cushion shaped stainless steel case, measuring 41.35 x 41.35 mm. All come on a matching Louisiana Alligator leather strap: brown for the models featuring forest green or tangerine colored dials, black to complement the models with graphite grey, ocean blue or fiery red dials.
Production of the five models in the Sixties Iconic Square Collection is limited to 25 pieces each, available in Glashütte Original Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide. The watches will retail at US$9,700 and will be available as of this month.
Case: 41.35mm x 41.35mm x 12.6mm – stainless steel, polished – sapphire crystal on both faces – 30m water resistant
Movement: Calibre 39-34, in-house – automatic – 4Hz frequency – 40h power reserve – 51 jewels – hours, minutes, small second and chronograph with 30-minute counter
Strap: Louisiana Alligator leather strap (brown or black, depending on the model) with steel pin-buckle