We’re just a few days away from the kickoff of America’s largest luxury watch show, WatchTime New York, at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall on October 23-24 (Click here for event details and to purchase tickets). More than 20 watch brands will be displaying new timepieces, including two distinctive boutique brands from Germany, Mühle Glashütte and MeisterSinger.
The highlight watch for family-owned Muhle is the new Robert Mühle Auf/Ab, which adds a new complication to the brand’s collection. The watch’s name comes from its “Auf/Ab” circular power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, which displays to the wearer how much of the watch’s 56-hour power reserve remains before it stops. In the classical Glashütte watchmaking tradition, “Auf” (meaning “up”) means that the movement is fully wound, while “Ab” (“down”) means that is has fully run down. The movement is Muhle’s Caliber RMK 01, with an all-new module that incorporates the retrograde hand for the power-reserve display.
The Robert Mühle Auf/Ab (below) features a 44-mm-diameter stainless steel case with brushed and polished finishes and a transparent sapphire caseback. The sapphire crystal above the silvered dial has an anti-glare treatment. The dial features classical Roman numerals and blued hands for the hours, minutes, small seconds, and power-reserve indication. The strap is crocodile leather, with a stainless steel folding clasp. The Robert Mühle Auf/Ab is a limited edition of 145 pieces, a nod to the 145 years that Mühle has been making watches in Glashütte, Germany.
MeisterSinger, which specializes in single-hand timekeepers, will display its innovative new second-time-zone watch, the MeisterSinger Adhaesio. So how, you may ask, does a watch with one hand display the current time as well as the time in a second time zone? The needle-shaped central hand indicates the current time, accurate to within five minutes, on the outer scale, numbered from 1 to 12 and subdivided into five-minute increments. Simultaneously, a small red arrow above the MeisterSinger logo points to the second time on an inner 24-hour scale on a rotating ring, separated from the main 12-hour ring by another ring, numbered 1 to 31, that displays the date. Because both inner rings are set slightly deeper than the main dial, and the clear typography chosen for the numerals on all scales, both time read-outs are easily legible.
The MeisterSinger Adhaesio contains a Swiss automatic movement, the ETA 2893, which has a 38-hour power reserve and which has been modified so that the local time, second time zone, and date can all be easily adjusted via the crown. The watch’s stainless steel case (with a clear sapphire caseback from which to view the movement) is 43 mm in diameter, 10 mm thick, and water-resistant to 50 meters. The four dial variants are black (pictured below), white, ivory, and sunburst sapphire blue.
To learn more about how these watches work and to find out how they look and feels on your own wrist, click here to reserve your spot at WatchTime New York, America’s Luxury Watch Show. Tickets are going fast!