The Glashütte Sixties Iconic Square watch is a pretty special timepiece, but the limelight here is on the incredible array of colours this limited edition series comes in.
Following the resounding success of the first iteration launched late 2015, Glashütte Original has returned to its vintage roots with yet another series of the Sixties Iconic Square watch, only this time, they’ve taken it to the next level. In exceptional colours named Ocean, Tangerine, Fire, Forest and Graphite — blue, orange, red, green and grey respectively — the new two-register chronograph is a vibrant homage to its watchmaking traditions since the 1960s.
Before you brush this off as another gimmicky attempt to garner hype for a re-released watch, you need to know that these exceptional coloured dials are crafted in Glashütte Original’s very own dial factory in Pforzheim, Germany. In the mid-Sixties, Glashütte launched the Spezimatic that embodied popular design elements of the time — think square cushion shape, curved hands and idiosyncratic Arabic numerals. Now, these same elements inspire the Sixties Iconic Square collection too.
Using only original tools and authentic methods from the ‘60s, the dial’s layered sunburst effects are the result of an extremely complex and time-consuming process. Coupled with a gradient effect, they’re not just two dimensional, giving off different looks depending on how the light hits. The laborious workmanship is only undertaken by Glashütte’s expert dial makers, because precise hues and shading for the dégradé effect is required. After the dials are given a galvanic base coat, layers of lacquer are added slowly before a final black lacquered layer seals the look. Using a special spray gun, this technique produces different results depending on the angle at which the gun is held, so it’s virtually impossible to produce two identical watches. The Graphite version is very much different, which features an elaborate filigree pattern of a guilloché stamp that is achieved via a 60-tonne press instead.
Within lies the house’s automatic calibre 39-34 chronograph, operating at 4Hz with 40 hours of power reserve. The watch’s minute hand and chronograph seconds are curved at the tips to accommodate the domed nature of the dial — a traditional feature that heralds from the Sixties.
Each of the five versions are limited to just 25 pieces, and are fitted with a Louisiana Alligator leather strap. The distinctive 41.35mm stainless steel case may sit large on many wrists, but it still makes for an incredibly modern yet timeless watch.