Mühle-Glashütte Tachymeter Teutonia Sport I
The striking Glashuette Muehle Tachymeter Teutonia Sport I gives a firm nod to the heritage of the company via its Germanic design and useful tachymeter scale.
In the 1920s, the company Muehle & Sohn began manufacture of the highly sought-after Glashuette Muehle speedometer. Now, key elements of this timing instrument have been faithfully reproduced in the Teutonia Sport I. With its easy-to-read and functional tachymeter scale, the Teutonia Sport I pays tribute to the heyday of major automotive manufacturers in Saxony and remembers a time when timing was everything.
The subtle, metallic and navy tones afford a very technical, racy look, reminiscent of great automotive classics like the Silver Arrow. The sleek design is no accident and is intended to conjure images of iconic Grand Prix cars of the Saxon Auto Union racing around the track. In fact, R. Muehle & Sohn supplied the Glashuette Muehle Speedomoters, car clocks and rev counters used in Horch, DKW and Wanderer cars. How’s that for historic significance!
Muehle-Glashuette draws on this wealth of historical know-how and field experience to create timepieces that performs to the highest standards. The Teutonia Sport I Chronograph with Tachymeter is no exception and, as such, appeals to both car lovers and watch connoisseurs. While functionality is ensured, the main highlight of this piece is its unique design. The dial’s bi-compax layout features a small-second display at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. Just like the speedometers and rev counters from the board instruments, the timepiece’s totalisers are perfectly incorporated into its stylish face with stunning Clous de Paris embossing. To further enhance the automotive look of the dial, the borders of the sub dials are slightly sloped towards the centre to create depth. Another highlight that puts the Teutonia Sport I in pole position is its tachymeter function. The scale is located on the flange of the watch and can be used to measure average speeds based on a distance of 1000 metres. With a speed range stretching to 300km/hr, this handy function should be able to keep up with most speedsters out there.
True race lovers will also appreciate the fact they can measure lap times with the chronograph function, which boasts accuracy to the nearest eighth of a second thanks to the watch’s movement frequency of 4 hertz or half-oscillation rate of 28,800 per hour. On the second scale, three fine indices are used to divide each second into four smaller units, thus enabling clear and precise measurements of as little as an eighth of a second. If the stopwatch hand stops directly on one of these fine blue lines, it gives a clear reading of two, four or six eighths of a second. If it comes to a halt between the indices, you can read the time recorded to the nearest one, three, five or seven eighths of a second. The chronograph is activated by a large start button that identified by a distinctive blue ring around its side. The case features finely-polished, volute-shaped lugs which form a contrast to the middle section of the case which is edged with a hand-applied vertical finish.
The blue shade used to highlight the tachymeter scale and identify the chronograph pusher is also carried through to the dial and hands to harmonise the entire aesthetic. The hands and indices are CVD-coated (chemical vapour deposition) in navy blue with Supler LumiNova for optimal contrast against the silver dial.
With the Teutonia Sport I, stop times and above all the current time, are not only easy to read but also extremely precise thanks to Muehle’s reliable MU 9419 chronograph movement. This impressive piece of equipment contains the company’s patented shockproof woodpecker neck regulation and is meticulously regulated in six different positions and set to ensure accuracy values of between 0 and a maximum of +8 seconds per day. What’s more, the movement is also fitted with the company’s special three-quarter plate, including the Glashuette click and Muehle’s blue anodised anniversary rotor.
With such a multitude of highlights, rich heritage, practical application and stunning looks, the Teutonia I Tachymeter chronograph is a winning formula for reliability, functionality and wrist appeal.
Movement: MU 9419, automatic with patented woodpecker neck regulation, Glashütte three-quarter plate, blue anodised anniversary rotor and characteristic Mühle surface finishes. Stop-second. Fast date correction. 48-hr power reserve.
Case: Brushed/polished stainless steel with a bidirectional bezel. Domed and double anti-glare sapphire crystal. Transparent case back. Screw-in crown. Ø 42.6 mm; H 15.5 mm. Water-resistant to 10 bars.
Strap: Leather strap with a stainless steel pin buckle. Screwed strap attachment bridges.
Dial: Silver with “Clous de Paris” embossing. Applied indices. Hour indices and hands CVD-coated and with a layer of Super LumiNova.