Glashütte Original’s Sixties line, along with the Seventies models, belong to their retro-inspired Vintage collection, with dials that provide a canvas for colours that reflect both the two decades for which they are named, and the occasional foray into a modern tones. In 2018, the brand introduced a new concept to the former – annual editions that would only be available for a year.
This year, following on from the green of 2018 and the orange-hued model of 2019, the Sixties Annual Edition 2020 turns blue, and adds a chronograph into the mix.
Made in-house and looking almost greyish-blue, with a sunray finishing, these new dials feature the classic Sixties attributes of curved hands, distinctive Arabic numeral typeface, and domed sapphire crystal.
The dial productions starts with the blanks having a sunray finishing applied and then being curved into a domed shape. They are then given a galvanic nickel coating, after which they are sprayed with a dark blue lacquer (the colour of which can be seen around the circumference of the dial. The penultimate step is to apply a coat of this particular shade of ‘glacier blue’ lacquer to the entire dial, after which they are baked in an oven.
The Sixties comes in a 39 mm polished stainless steel case with a thickness of 9.4mm and the chronograph, a 42 mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 12.4mm.
The Sixties Chronograph has a central stop-second along with two sub dials featuring a small seconds and 30-minute counter.
Through the open case back of the new Sixties Annual Edition 2020 can be seen the in-house automatic Calibre 39-52. It has a Glashütte three-quarter plate with a striped finish, 21 carat gold oscillating weight, beats at 28,800VPH, and has a power reserve of 40 hours.
Inside the Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition 2020 is the in-house Calibre 39-34, which also features a Glashütte three-quarter plate with a striped finish and skeletonised rotor with a 21 carat gold oscillating weight, beats at 28,800 VPH, and has a power reserve of 40 hours.
The new Sixties and Sixties Chronograph watch models come on brown-grey nubuck calfskin straps with contrasting stitching and a stainless steel pin buckle.
As mentioned at the outset, the new Sixties and Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition 2020 Glacier Blue will be only produced for a year. The Sixties has an RRP of EUR 6,600 and the Sixties Chronograph, an RRP of EUR 8,100.
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