Family run company Mühle-Glashütte is celebrating its anniversary year with a range of limited-edition models, starting with the 29er Big BRONZE Edition 1994, with only 155 of these exclusive special edition watches being produced.
The current company was established by Hans-Jürgen Mühle, who represents the fourth generation of the Mühle family, but the roots of this independent watch manufacturer based in the German town of Glashütte, go back to 1869 when Robert Mühle ventured into the world of self-employment and founded his “precision mechanical workshop” for the production of high-precision measuring instruments for the then up-and-coming watch industry in Glashütte.
This special timepiece has a special anniversary watch face in Mühle blue with the numeral 30 highlighted in red in its minute graduation, which is in contrast to the classic 29er range where the 60 is usually marked in red. This model also marks the company’s anniversary with 155 instead of the numeral 55 and the red 30 in the date display.
The bronze 42.4mm case is 11.3mm thick and water resistant to 100 metres. The middle, bezel and crown of the case are made of aluminium bronze which is a popular shipbuilding material due to its freshwater and saltwater-resistant properties. This bronze material also forms a characteristic patina over time, which in turn protects it against environmental influences, giving the watch another rather unique feature. It is also worth noting that the final appearance of this typical patina very much depends on how the watch is worn, making every 29er Big BRONZE Edition 1994 one of a kind.
The watch back with its transparent panel, is made of wearer-friendly stainless steel, a feature that also extends to the watch strap, which is a wearer-friendly blue canvas material with a bronze pin buckle and buckle pad.
The 29er Big BRONZE Edition 1994 is fitted with the SW 200-1 Mühle version automatic movement, which comes equipped with the efficient Mühle rotor and its shockproof woodpecker neck regulation. These components allow the watch to be regulated in six different positions and set to ensure accuracy values of between 0 and a maximum of +8 seconds per day. This is precision is at the heart of Mühle’s own regulation standards which comply with the German chronometer standard, helping to ensure that the watch never runs slow.
For more information on the 29er Big BRONZE Edition 1994, Mühle-Glashütte which is priced at £2,300, please visit: www.muehle-glashuette.de.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a former member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Mühle-Glashütte