From the Berlinale to Burlingame: Our photo shoot of the The Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph
On Sunday, America's attention will turn to the Oscars as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will choose winners for the best films in 2017. A few weeks ago, Germany had their own version of the Oscars celebrating the 67th Berlin International Film Festival or as it's known in Germany the "Berlinale". At the event, Glashütte Original had an incredibly prominent role. Not only were they a title sponsor, but they presented the first ever "Glashütte Original" Documentary Award, set up a huge display at the "Golden Bear Lounge" which was directly opposite the Red Carpet, and showed off their own star which mingled with the some of the finest film makers in Europe: The Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph; a vibrant limited edition featuring bold and striking dials that showcase the abilities of their dial manufacturing facility in Pforzheim, Germany.
CEO Thomas Meyer with the winner of the first ever Glashütte Original documentary award at the Berlinale.
Glashütte Original's watch making themed Golden Bear Lounge at the Berlinale.
The five Senator Sixties Iconic Square Limited Edition watches on display at the Berlinale during many of the festivals events.
The Sixties Iconic Square collection received heavy blog coverage upon its announcement in the beginning of February. If you looked at the photos in both Ablogtowatch, Hodinkee, and Glashütte Original's own website, you probably noticed that not only were the colors extremely bold, but that the shades of color looked extremely unique and a bit different in each picture. As soon we as received our set (thank you Glashütte Original for selecting our store to receive one of the only 25 sets) and played with the different dials, it was clear why. The vibrant color underneath a curved sapphire crystal seemed to change color with every moment depending on the light and and angle of the watch.
This year is Glashütte Original's first as the title sponsor of the 67-year old film festival. The choice of building their unique and very modern watch in a case that has a retro sixties design, is a reminder of the long history of Glashütte Original. For the first 29 years of the festival, it took place in a divided Germany, when Glashütte Original was making modest and utilitarian pieces for the whole Eastern Bloc. During the sixties, the Glashütte Original factory in the town of Glashütte produced austere and beautiful, but simple designs. Taking a design cue from the grey and utilitarian 60's, and transforming it to a bold and colorful design that celebrates the freedom of independent filmmaking and the arts is really very representative of modern East Germany. Out of the gray, what was communist East Germany and particularly Berlin, has evolved into one of the most colorful and artistic places in Europe.
The Sixties Iconic Chronographs are the second series of Glashütte Original's Iconic Color series and the most bold. The first came out last year when Glashütte Original introduced the Sixties Iconic based on the 39mm round shape case. The cushion shape was always an outlier for Glashütte Original as almost all the other cases of their men's models are round. Accordingly, the 41.35mm case size (bigger than a TAG Heuer Monaco, perhaps the best known square watch) is a much bolder statement piece. The chronograph, which features a single 30-minute register as part of a bi-compax layout is more about livening up the tone of the watch than it is about timing. It's a large bold statement piece whose primary features are the sloping shape and beauty of the dial.
Now, let's get back to the color. There are five colors called Ocean (blue), Tangerine (orange), Fire (red), Forest (green), and Graphite (anthracite). While perhaps no watch they make shows off the artistic power of their dial making facility in Pforzheim, Germany, as much as the l'argenture grainée in the Senator Chronometer (more on that dial here), these limited editions give that watch a run for its money. These dials feature galvanized dials with dark faded edges. With the exception of the textured grey dial, the process looks nearly identical on the other four dials though as others have pointed out, some are more sober than others. The blue is the most conservative color, while the orange, red, green, and anthracite are all unusual bold and daring. The domed dials feature a complicated galvanic process that has several layers of lacquer. After the initial lacquer is applied, black lacquer is then applied using a special spray gun that results in an individual colour gradient. The most complex dial is the tangerine which is created with gold, black, and red lacquer.
Below are pictures of the Topper set of the the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph. All but the green dial have found a home. Each watch in the series is $9,700.
Also this post would be remiss if we didn't give a special shout out to our good friend and tangerine dial owner Michael Martin (Samanator). We all are thinking about you at Topper Fine Jewelers and wish you a speedy recovery.
The "Graphite" dial of the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph.
The textured dial of the Graphite Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph.
The Graphite dial and incredibly finished movement. Note the 18kt. rotor weight and hand finished movement striping. The movement is a modularized version of the Calibre 39.
The "Forest" green dial of the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph.
A look at a close up of the radial sunburst pattern of the green "Forest" dial.The Tangerine dial of the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph with the Forest dial in the background. Though the Graphite dial is stamped, the Tangerine dial has the most complicated dial process.
The vibrant "Fire" red dial of the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph.
Another look at the gradient dial of the "Fire" red dial.
The most complex dial is the "Tangerine" dial which is made with coats of gold, black and red lacquer.
A close up of the galvanized "Tangerine" orange dial.
Another look at the the galvanized "Tangerine" orange dial.
The gradient "Ocean" blue dial.
A closer view of the "Ocean" dial.
A look from above at the "Forest" and "Tangerine" dials.
The "Ocean" blue and "Fire" red dials.The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.