In 2015 Glashütte Original did something genuinely original and strayed from its course of August, classical Saxon watches by launching a groovy colourful collection known as the Sixties. Taking inspiration from the 1960s Spezimatic, Glashütte Original produced a winner that is revisited annually with different dial colours and textures. In what might be interpreted as a volte-face, the Sixties Chronograph swings back into the limelight with a toned-down yet extremely attractive stone-grey textured dial with red golden accents.
What has been a canvas for Swinging Sixties colours – with dials flaunting Fiery Orange, Groovy Green and Glacier Blue hues – returns with a more tempered but no less fascinating grey dial. It’s not the first grey dial to surface in the Sixties family; there was a grey gradient dial in the original line-up on the three-hand model.
Glashütte Original has the upper hand when it comes to dials and is one of the few watchmakers to own its own dial manufacture in Pforzheim. To create the rippled texture of the dial, the bronze blank is embossed using a 60-tonne press, followed by a second press to create the signature domed profile of this collection. After being galvanised, coats of grey lacquer are applied; the gradient/degradé effect is achieved by hand-spraying darker paint, making the colour lighter in the centre and more intense as it reaches the perimeter.
Like other Sixties models, the indices of the Glashütte Original Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition 2023 are milled into the dial to expose the underlying red-golden colour and a retro font similar to the Spezimatic is used for the white Arabic numerals at 12 and 6. Arranged symmetrically, the two counters – running seconds at 3 o’clock and 30-minute elapsed times at 9 o’clock – have snailed interiors. To follow the domed contours of the dial, the central chronograph seconds hand and minutes hand are slightly bent at the tip. The baton hour and minute hands have luminescent inlays, and the minutes track is punctuated with Super-LumiNova dots.
Sharing identical specs to former 42mm Sixties Chronographs, the polished steel case has a height of 12.40mm with vintage piston-style pushers, and the caseback has a curved sapphire crystal to improve comfort on the wrist and reveal the movement. The watch comes on a dark blue textile strap with a steel pin buckle.
The Sixties Chronograph is powered by GO’s 39-34 automatic modular chronograph movement. Beating at 28,000 vibrations/hour, it delivers a 40-hour power reserve. Signature decorative features include the classic three-quarter plate with Glashütte stripes, a swan-neck fine adjustment, a skeletonised rotor with a double-G logo and 21k gold oscillating mass, bevelled edges and polished steel parts.
Availability & Price
The Glashütte Original Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition 2023 is now available. It retails for EUR 9,200. For more information, please consult glasshuette-original.com.
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