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With 146 years of Muhle family history invested into its company, of which the family name sake Thilo Muhle runs the company, Muhle Glashutte has driven to further themselves in the wrist watch world. The last several years have proven so introducing in-house manufacturing capabilities, a soon to be sign of independence. Since it's re-founding in 1994, Muhle Glashutte has been involved in the making of wrist watches, but before that, of marine clocks and other nautical devices. This is a company driven by precision instruments.



For 2016 the wrist watch category had a small handful of new items. Not going overboard on new novelties as many companies have done in the past, Muhle had only 4 new styles for Baselworld. The new ProMare range, of which the name derives from the combination of Latin terms "pro" and "mare", which translate to "for the sea". Intended to appeal to the outdoorsman, this series is designed for use both use on land, such as camping or hiking, or out at sea.



The first in this new series is the ProMare Datum. This 3 hand "Datum" (aka date) model is 44mm wide and 12mm thick stainless steel case with a combo brushed/polished finish. The dial is one of the biggest topics of conversation being carbon coated and having a subtle texture to it. The piece is 300m water resistance with domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and comes on a rubber lined and gripped canvas strap.



The movement for the Promare Datum is based on Sellita's SW400, with modifications made to the rotor, and regulating mechanism, using their own patented woodpecker neck system, that allows for near double the shock resistance. The chronograph variation utilizes the Muhle caliber MU 9408, which also utilizes the woodpecker neck regulating system and customized Muhle rotor. The 9408 also has Muhle's finishing details and a quick date set button recessed at the 10:00.



The ProMare Chronograph does also utilize the same carbon coated dial. It's one of the most attractive attributes to both styles. The orange is really what makes the watches stand out, while the carbon is there for subtle detail. The orange on the chronograph is slightly even more prominent, not just being on the strap, tip of the seconds and on the inside of the bezel, but also on the minutes counter hand at the 3:00 sub dial. The case diameter for the chrono is the same as the datum at 44mm, but thickness is slightly increased at 15.4mm.



Muhle Glashutte's collection of 29er models, named after the 29er two man sailing skiff, is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary this year and has introduced a new model to do so. The 29er Zeigerdatum is a new variation of the model with silvery white dial, light blue date ring on the inside of the bezel, and dark blue navy canvas strap. There is a pointer date and seconds hand in red adding just a little more color to this model. The overall color combination really has a lot of character. The movement inside is the base SW221-1 auto, with patented woodpecker neck regulation mechanism, Muhle's own rotor and surface finishing. The stainless steel case is 42.4mm wide and 12.2mm thick with both high polished and brushed attributes.



The big introduction from Muhle Glashutte is the new Robert Mühle Zeigerdatum limited edition! This piece pays tribute to the company's founder Robert Muhle and uses a movement designed and manufactured by Muhle Glashutte's own watchmakers themselves. The movement lies inside in a stainless steel 44mm brushed and polished case, has an anthracite dial with applied indices, a date wheel at 9:00, a 56 hour power reserve indicator at 3:00, and seconds display at 6:00.



The caliber, labeled the RMK 03, contains 180 components. There are 33 jewels, 3 of which are set in screwed gold chatons. The movement has a three fifths plate, instead of the more traditional three quarter plate, with a separate balance cock for the escape wheel. They implement their woodpecker neck fine adjustment system, which is hand engraved and adds dramatically improved shock resistance. Only 100 pieces will be made globally of the Robert Mühle Zeigerdatum limited edition.

By Joseph Kirk, Watchuseek

 
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