For more than 10 years, The Sixities collection has been a staple of Glashutte Original’s repertoire! 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 dialmakers in Pforzheim, Germany. The stunning colors and fascinating dial visuals take up iconic 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.
To start with, the dials are given a galvanic base coat; layers of coloured lacquer are then added by hand in a series of subsequent steps a shimmering green (Sixties Iconic Forest), deep blue (Sixties Iconic Ocean), dark grey (Sixties Iconic Graphite) or intense, glowing red (Sixties Iconic Fire). In a final step, black lacquer is carefully applied to this “canvas” using a special spray gun this technique produces, depending on the angle at which the gun is held, an individual colour gradient, known as the dégradé effect, which renders each watch unique. The unusual colour of the Tangerine dial results from an additional lacquer colour: The initial galvanic coating in gold is not only combined with a layer of black, but also red lacquer.
These lacquered dials are then fired in an oven to burn in the colours. With four of the five models in the Sixties Iconic 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. These NEW dials epitomize the spirit of the 60’s!!!