Fizzy graded colours, squared cushion-shaped cases, a 1960s look: the new Sixties Iconic Square Collection by Glashütte Original continues the theme already launched by the Original Sixties Iconic collection. This is a limited edition collection, with just 25 pieces available for each of the five colours. Dials are made in Pforzheim by a company that is now part of Swatch Group and directly managed by Glashütte Original.
The design is largely based on an existing model presented in 2009, the Senator Sixties Square Chronograph.
The dial of the new Sixties Iconic Square Collection has an attractive, uncluttered design, with central chronograph seconds, 30 chronograph minutes on the subdial on the left, and continuous seconds on the right. There is no date window. Hands have a SuperLuminova coating, and the dots on the outer edge of the dial are also luminescent.
The colours are part of the general trend in watches, towards brighter colours, or at least a wider choice with respect to the classical silver. Similar moves can be seen at Rolex, and more recently with the new Altiplano models by Piaget. It would be interesting to discover whether there are differences from country to country on preferences for colour, considering that brands such as Longines provide different colour options, knowing that in any case, the vast majority of the watches that they sell are with silvered dial.
In the case of this Sixties Iconic Square Collection, an interesting aspect is the very limited numbers on sale. As if it were an experiment.
Case and movement
The case is 41.35 mm across, in stainless steel, 3 bar water resistance. It has a sapphire caseback window revealing the movement. Straps are in Louisiana alligator.
The movement is the Calibre 39-34, self-winding, with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz) and a 40-hour power reserve. It has the usual quality finish, with Glashütte stripes on the three-quarter plate, swan-neck fine adjustment on the balance, and a 21-carat gold oscillating weight. It is based on the in-house calibre 39, one of Glashütte Original’s first in-house movements, with an added chronograph module by Dubois-Depraz. The chronograph module is dial-side so you don’t see any of it through the caseback. However I think it’s a lever-operated chronograph, no column wheel.
Price and availability
The Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Collection is available in the brand’s boutiques and selected retail outlets from 9 February 2017. Just 25 of each colour. Price €8,100, US $9,700, £6,400. Further information from the Glashütte Original website.