Glashütte Original, the renowned German watchmaking company, never ceases to intrigue and inspire us. The company elegantly embodies old watchmaking traditions, and is one of three German watchmaking companies to manufacture their own movements. Despite a rough beginning, the company managed to survive several hazardous events: World War I, the Great Depression, World War II. No big deal.
Glashütte Original: the history lesson
Thankfully, the reunification of the country in 1990 rekindles the economy and Glashütte Original begins their now well-known ascension with conviction and ambition. Since then, the company hasn’t stopped climbing the rungs and is now at the top of the ladder of “Deutsche Qualität” timepieces, along with its older brother A. Lange & Söhne and the youngest of the bunch Nomos Glashütte, both from the same breeding-ground.
Glashütte Original: Sixties Panorama Date
Today I suggest we discover (or rediscover) the older sister of a piece that we previously took a look at here : the Sixties Panorama Date.
Part of the 20th Century Village collection, this piece pays a nice tribute to 20th century timepieces: the Sixties timepiece, just like the Seventies timepiece, modernly embodies the era’s creations that were characterized by their ideals, designs and music. When I say “sixties”, I hope you’re thinking of Warhol, Malcom X, Woodstock, the Beatles, and Hitchcock !
Besides, my dear Alfred, I would gladly dedicate this timepiece to you, as a ‘thank you’ for your Psycho and your Birds, which I must admit, still gives me goosebumps each and every time I watch them. Black and white, sober and meticulous, a tad mysterious… Totally “Hitchcockian”.
A dapper look
Full of neo-retro elegance, this watch has what it takes to win over vintage connoisseurs and then some. It’s got a 43mm steel case built in 3 parts, (Sadly ladies, perhaps a bit too voluminous to be truly considered unisex). A large panorama date window is present at 6 o’clock on a zinc-coated black convex dial, complete with three central slightly curbed watch hands.
The watch hands and the hour indexes are both photoluminescent. The graphic style of the character font for the 3, 6, 9, and 12 arabic numerals is unique and brings a refined and original feel to this piece. It’s a reflection of the singular and bold characteristics of the “swinging sixties”. We like it and we want more !
Keeping within those same lines, the watch has a domed-crystal sapphire caseback (old 1680 plexi style) which allows us to admire the movement and its finishes. Beautiful craftsmanship that makes our eyes sparkle: polished steel components, beveled edges, a three quartered disc with Glashütte-labeled sides and a 21-carat gold mass skeleton rotor for optimum oscillation. A black alligator leather band straight out of Louisiana adds the finishing touches to this watch’s design.
The homage to the 1960s is clear, mixing creativity and modern technicality all while alluding to the many creations of that avant-gardist, ‘anything goes’ decade, to our delight. The Sixties Panorama Date confirms that Glashütte Original truly is a prestigious watchmaking company that knows how to properly conceive and perfect it’s timepieces. Truly beautiful watchmaking…
- Movement: mechanical and automatic winding – 40-hour power reserve
- Case: steel, 42mm
- Thickness: 12.40
- Caseback: sapphire
- Waterproofness: 30m
- Bracelet: Louisiana black alligator leather