Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date

Someone needs to remind the watch industry how important colour is and Glashutte Original has taken up the fight. Whereas at SIHH brands were patting themselves on the back for their inspired use of pretty unremarkable green, the German watchmaker is showing how colour really works with the latest addition to the Sixties collection.

It’s the latest in Glashutte Original’s colour-obsessed sixties collection, which last year welcomed an equally-bright green edition into the fold. Now it’s the turn of orange and holy hell is it bright. There’s no great feat of watchmaking here, no cutting-edge complications or military-grade composites; just that big, bold flash of colour.

 Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date

Someone needs to remind the watch industry how important colour is and Glashutte Original has taken up the fight. Whereas at SIHH brands were patting themselves on the back for their inspired use of pretty unremarkable green, the German watchmaker is showing how colour really works with the latest addition to the Sixties collection.

It’s the latest in Glashutte Original’s colour-obsessed sixties collection, which last year welcomed an equally-bright green edition into the fold. Now it’s the turn of orange and holy hell is it bright. There’s no great feat of watchmaking here, no cutting-edge complications or military-grade composites; just that big, bold flash of colour.

 Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date

Well, it’s not just the colour really. That’s what draws you in, for sure, but look a bit closer and you can see the texture to it. In fact, the dial is where most of the effort goes in to this watch. First the dial is turned golden-yellow in a galvanic bath before being painted layer upon layer of black and orange lacquer and firing the whole thing in a kiln. The texture comes from a 60-ton press.

It’s not a quick process, but it’s worth it. Naturally, each dial is completely unique, and the lacquer has a depth of colour to match the brightness. Put simply, it’s spectacular.

 Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date

Other than that, the watch is the same as previously. It’s available as a 39mm time-only version or with a 42mm edition with Glashutte Original’s panorama date. The pair house the Caliber 39-52 and Caliber 39-47 movements respectively. The cases are round, stainless steel and as classical as you’d expect from a Saxon watchmaker. In short, there’s nothing to detract from the citrus-hued star of the show.

This May only be the second year running that Glashutte Original has done a piece like this but we’re hoping it’s not the last. The watch world needs more colour and the Sixties watch may just be the answer. We’ll take bets on what colour’s next.

Price & Specs:

      • Model Name: Glashütte Original Sixties
        Ref: 1-39-52-13-02-04
      • Dial/Case: 39mm diameter x 9.4mm height, polished stainless steel case
      • Movement: Calibre 39-52, automatic movement
      • Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, stop seconds
        Water Resistance: 3 bar
      • Power Reserve: 40h
      • Price & Availability: EUR 6,300
        • Model Name: Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date
          Ref: 2-39-47-09-02-04
        • Dial/Case: 42mm diameter x 12.4mm height, polished stainless steel case
        • Movement: Calibre 39-47, automatic movement
        • Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, stop seconds, Panorama Date
          Water Resistance: 3 bar
        • Power Reserve: 40h
        • Price & Availability: EUR 7,800

For more information visit Glashütte Original’s website.