Some brands just know a special way of working with color, and Glashütte Original is certainly one of them. When everyone around went for the blue dials, the guys at Glashütte made a home run with magnificent green, when the following year others are all about the green and partly salmon, Glashütte Original strikes with fiery orange.
When you think Glashütte Original, the first thing that comes to mind are probably some exquisite dress-watches. But being an expert in all things classy and classical doesn’t mean one should be unfamiliar to the more colorful side of watchmaking. The Sixties line in the Vintage collection is still rather dressy but in a very festive way.
One thing we specially love about this pieces is an elegant way of solving the eternal date-or-no-date dilemma. Glashütte Original offers both variants, where the one with a date is just slightly larger with 42 mm against the regular 39 mm. In fact, watch purists are likely to love both: the trademark panorama date resides right at 6 o’clock mirroring the company’s logo above, so no symmetry issues here. Both watches are powered by in-house automatic movements and are cased in stainless steel.
However, the real star here is, of course, the dial produced by the brand’s dial manufactory in Pforzheim. Glashütte Original calls it red-black lacquer with dégradé effect, but if we’d have to describe it with our own words, it looks like someone has just squashed a fresh red orange. The color is very chic and certainly not something we see often in the watch world. And it works quite well with the trademark 3-6-9-12 Arabic numerals, manually applied hour markers, and a domed sapphire crystal. As expected with a domed crystal, the long minute and second hands and slightly curved at the end.
Feb. 28, 2019