Hands-On: Angus Davies gets hands-on with the Muhle-Glashutte Teutonia Sport I, a charming chronograph from Germany.
This detailed review of the Muhle-Glashutte Teutonia Sport I includes live pictures, specification and pricing.
The word ‘Teutonia’ alludes to the origins of this chronograph from Glashütte, a place which is synonymous with engineering thoroughness and exactitude.
Holding the Muhle-Glashutte Teutonia Sport I in my hands, I could readily discern its hewn from granite solidity and its tactile supremacy. With a predilection for chronographs I was eager to inspect this remarkably handsome timepiece more closely.
The Muhle-Glashutte Teutonia Sport I is new for 2017, launched earlier this year at Baselworld. It joins a collection of watches which are well built and keenly priced.
A sea of black provides the backdrop for all of the indications presented. This black hue is paired with silver, red and white tones, according a harmonious colour scheme.
Baton style hour and minute hands bestow ease of read off and augment nocturnal legibility courtesy of their luminescent fill. Silver coloured applied hour markers converse with the hands cleanly, sidestepping any ambiguity, while their depth heightens dial interest.
Positioned in between each hour marker are crisp, white strokes denoting each ¼ second integer. The red central chronograph seconds hand is unusually uniform in width but proves eminently simple to interpret.
The tri-compax layout of the dial includes a small seconds display at 9 o’clock. Two larger subdials, a 30-minute chronograph below noon and a 12-hour chronograph register above 6 o’clock, prove easy to read, making the interpretation of elapsed time very simple.
A date display, employing white text on a black disc, resides at 4 o’clock and a tachymeter scale encircles the dial flange proving ideal for calculating the speed of a moving object.
The dial is incredibly efficient, communicating with the wearer with consummate ease.
With its tasteful blend of polished and brushed surfaces, this is a handsome and practical case.
It measures 42.6mm, proffering universal appeal.
The push-pieces are highly polished and the pusher at 2 o’clock is detailed with a neat red circlet. Neither the push-pieces nor the crown gouge the skin.
A steel bezel, featuring a crimped edge, encircles the dial. It is adorned with Arabic numerals at 5-minute intervals with subtle black strokes in between. At noon, two red batons grace the bezel, adding a flourish of comely cheer to proceedings.
The dorsal plane of the case is affixed with a pane of sapphire crystal, affording views of the self winding movement within.
While the movement within the Muhle-Glashutte is not in-house, it has received much in-house modification.
The balance is fitted with the brand’s own ‘woodpecker neck regulation’. The movement includes a three-quarter plate adorned with Glashütte ribbing, the oscillating mass is personalised by the brand and blued screws abound. Furthermore, perlage and Glashütte solarisation also feature.
Germany is a byword for quality and the Muhle-Glashutte Teutonia Sport I upholds this reputation.
The dial is stylish and grants high levels of readability. The case is of robust construction and yet exudes a genteel finesse with its polished and satin-brushed case. Moreover, the size of the watch will suit a cross section of society and I found it offered impressive levels of wearer comfort.
The movement is nicely appointed and incorporates some exquisite levels of finishing seldom found on watches at this price point.
And the matter of price is key. The comparatively low wage costs of Germany translate into lower retail prices, resulting in impressive value for money. This is borne out with a highly competitive price of £3080.
Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph; tachymeter scale
Movement: MU9413; Self-winding movement; 25 jewels; power reserve 48 hours.
Strap: Black and red synthetic strap.
Price: £3,080 (RRP as at 21.8.2017)
I would like to thank Jura Watches for kindly providing access to this remarkable timepiece.
Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.