For quite some time now, Glashütte Original has been giving its Sixties collection a unique colorful twist on an annual basis. For 2020, the Sixties’ annual edition installment comprises a chronograph and a three-hander, both featuring a striking icy blue dial. Let’s have a look.
Like previously released 60s annual edition watches, the real highlight of these new watches is the new distinctive colorway. But, unlike the bold choices such as orange and green that the brand has made in the past, this year’s theme is on the subtle and softer side. A nice shade of blue with a hint of white, the glacier blue dials feature a nice sunburst finish which would make them play well with the light. Furthermore, the dials have also been given a dégradé effect for added visual dynamism. It starts with a lighter tone at the center culminating in a darker hue on the outer periphery. Both watches also feature a stainless-steel construction, offer 30 meters of water resistance, and would come attached to a brown-grey nubuck strap with pin buckle. Now, onto the individual references.
Annual Edition Three-hand
The simpler of the two this watch features a well-sized 39mm case with a nicely domed crystal on top to emit a vintage vibe. There is also a sapphire crystal on the rear to give a great view of the beautifully finished in-house caliber 39-52 that powers this watch. The movement operates at a frequency of 4Hz and offers a decent power reserve of around 40 hours. On the decoration front, you can see Glashütte striping throughout, beveled edges and a signature skeletonized rotor with double G branding and a solid 22k mass. On the dial side, you get 60s inspired numerals at 12,3,6 and 9, printed minute track and applied baton-style markers and hands. The watch would retail at EUR 6,600.
Housed inside a slightly larger 42mm case, this one would offer slightly more presence than its three-hand cousin. There is once again a done sapphire on the front as well as an exhibition case back. Driving this watch is the in-house caliber 39-47. This is an automatic chronograph movement that operates at 4Hz and offers an autonomy of 40 hours. The decoration is similar to the time-only model. The face of this watch features a clean and highly legible bi-compax layout. The register at 3 records the running seconds and the counter at 9 keeps track of chronograph minutes. The rest of the layout is familiar with numerals at 12,6, applied baton-style indices and hands. The watch will retail for EUR 8,100.