This week, the watch world has gone crazy for the Sixties, with all-new watches inspired by the decade and relaunches of iconic timepieces from the era. Bronze casings are also proving to be an ever-growing trend, with designs entering the market for those tired of traditional silver or gold. Read on for all the best new watch releases you should know about this week.
Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date
The 1960s was a golden era when it comes to design: flat pack furniture, Eames, and Mary Quant revolutionised how we lived and what we wore forever. Sixty years on, and Glashütte Original has been inspired by the innovation, freedom and craftsmanship of the decade to create its newest iteration of its Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date watches, now available for 2019 in fiery orange.
And they’re certainly eye-catching. The watches’ dégradé dials were created by the experts at Glashütte Original’s dedicated dial factory in Pforzheim, Germany, who used a galvanic bath for the golden yellow hue, before carefully applying a series of layers in red and black lacquer to create the shaded effect. This results in an individual colour gradient that makes each dial utterly unique – and that’s something you don’t see very often. The Sixties watch is powered by the manufactory’s 39-52 automatic movement, while the Sixties Panorama Date is powered by the 39-47, and they are both mounted in polished stainless steel cases with sapphire crystal glass. To finish them off, the elegant brown Louisiana alligator leather strap offers a understated nod to the style of the decade, without being overly nostalgic. Given menswear’s ongoing love affair with orange hues, these are spot on for right now.
Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date Annual Edition (left), £6,400. Glashütte Original Sixties Annual Edition (right), £5,200. Available for a limited time from Glashütte Original Boutiques and selected authorised dealers worldwide, glashuette-original.com
TAG Heuer Autavia collection
I’m sensing a bit of a theme now. This week, TAG Heuer has reintroduced its Autavia collection, which originated in the first half of the 20th century as a dashboard instrument used in racing cars and aircraft, before being turned into a watch in 1962. Today, the Autavia has become a seven-strong collection designed to capture the adventurous spirit of airplanes and automobiles that the original was known for.
Powered by TAG Heuer’s chronometer-certified Calibre 5 movement, the new Autavia models also feature the cutting-edge carbon-composite hairspring that the watchmaker introduced earlier this year. The combination of the calibre and the carbon-composite hairspring makes each model an ‘isograph’, a name that refers to the stable and consistent movement of the component. Style-wise, the watches’ XL crown takes inspiration from pilot’s watches and timers, which were traditionally made on larger lines for easy use under pressure. Two of the collection also comes in this year’s bronze casing, for a more contemporary take on this decades-old timepiece. These are watches made for adventurers – even if the only adventuring you do is braving the Central Line at rush hour.
From £2,850, tagheuer.com
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo
As touched on before, bronze watches have seen a breakout success of late, and more and more brands are jumping on board. It’s a trend that Panerai has spearheaded since it launched its first diving watch in bronze back in 2011. Back in 2017, it also auctioned off a one-off bronze version of its Luminor Submersible for charity. However, two years on and the design has entered its collection for good, in a notable step for the 160-year old watchmakers. It comes with all the same impeccable functionality as the others in the range – water resistant to 300m, unidirectional rotating bezel with a graduated scale for calculating the time of immersion, P. 9010 automatic movement – and is also made from 161 grams of bronze for its 47mm brushed bronze case. Bronze is a fascinating choice for a watch, as it matures with the passage of time, acquiring a unique patina which gives each watch its own history and character. A statement new addition for your watch collection, especially when matched with the olive green strap.