Swinging with the Sixties Iconic Collection from Glashütte Original

Reinventing the classics


By Wei Yeen Loh

Swinging with the Sixties Iconic Collection from Glashütte Original

During the mid-60s in eastern Germany, a significant shift towards modernity and innovation was taking place, as the importance of style played a key role in people’s lifestyles. It was also when the Spezimatic was created by the state-owned VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe—a series of elegant automatic wristwatches with Calibres 74 or 75 that became style icons of that era.

Fast forward to this day, Glashütte Original pays homage to the 60s with the Sixties Iconic Collection—five uniquely colourful timepieces inspired by watches of that era. Each model features a highly unusual dégradé effect on the dial that is painstakingly hand-crafted in Glashütte Original’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim, Germany, rendering each watch’s dégradé gradient unique on its own.

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The Sixties Golden and Sixties Aqua combines this gradient with a sunburst finishing, resulting in a golden shimmer or bright turquoise that blends into a deep black at the dials’ centre; whereas the Sixties Red features a luminous yellow that changes into a deep red.

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The other two models, the Sixties Brown and Sixties Grey, include a filigree pattern imprinted on the dials that is created using guilloche stamps (also known as “dies”) from the 1960s. This method gives a rhombic pattern to the brown black dégradé effect, and dewdrop-like structure to the silver-grey model.

All timepieces from this collection include domed dials and lightly arched hour and minute hands with Super-Luminova highlights. A subtle detail harkening back to the Spezimatic is the font of the Arabic numerals at hours 3, 6, 9, and 12. All models also come in softly rounded stainless steel 39mm-diameter cases with a Louisiana Alligator leather strap. The automatic Calibre 39-52 movement in the watches has a power reserve of 40 hours—a characteristic feature of fine watchmaking in the Glashütte tradition.

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