Mühle-Glashütte

The German watchmaking company Muehle-Glashuette Gmbh develops and produces high-quality time distribution systems, maritime chronometers, and mechanical watches. Being based in Glashuette, Muehle attaches the greatest value to very good visibility and precision of its timekeepers.

Since 1869, when Robert Muehle founded a family business in Glashuette, the name “Muehle” stands for accurate timekeeping. As the company produced precise measuring instruments for the domestic watchmaking industry by that time, Robert Muehle’s work is still considered as the cornerstone of the long Muehle history. Lead managed by the fourth family generation, the company’s orientation has been repositioned and adjusted to today’s needs.

Since 1994, it operates under the name “Muehle-Glashuette GmbH Nautical Instruments and Fine Mechanics” and equips cruise liners of the AIDA fleet and luxury yachts with time distribution systems and chronometers. Thilo Muehle, CEO from the fifth generation, has a particular interest in sustaining the nautic virtues. He is particularly concerned that every single Muehle-watch reflects precision, visibility, and reliability – and therefore continues the long tradition.

The company of Hans-Jürgen and Thilo Mühle adopted the name Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte in 1994. The family firm, nestling in the Müglitz valley between Dresden and the Czech border, was founded by Hans-Jürgen Mühle in the new political environment prevailing in Germany after 1989, …yet it has a proud history stretching back more than 130 years.

This successful company still actively producing timepieces, today manufactures high-quality, precision wristwatches, ships’ chronometers, clock mechanisms for ships and nautical instruments. The Glashütte inhabitants are renowned throughout the world for their expertise in maritime clock mechanisms. In less than a decade Nautische Instrumente Mühle Glashütte wristwatches has established itself as a leading brand in the field.

When Robert Mühle founded the original firm in 1869, naming it “Mühle”, it went about manufacturing calibrating devices for the clock industry, gradually expanding its operations to include tachometers, revolution counters and motoring clocks. After World War II Hans Mühle became managing director of “Messtechnik Glashütte”, creating his own company in 1945.

His grandson continued the family tradition and, operating as one of the few independent entrepreneurs of the GDR, he produced driving trains and escapements for the photographic and film industries and dial trains for the pressure and temperature gauging industry.

His son Hans-Jürgen Mühle, an optics and precision engineering graduate of Jena, took over the reins of the firm in 1970 and guided operations for another two years until the owners were expropriated and the company became the state-run enterprise VEB Glashütte Uhrenbetriebe. From that point onwards Hans-Jürgen Mühle worked as sales manager, and until 1992 also as managing director.

Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte was founded two short years later. In a reflection of the set-up in bygone years Hans-Jürgen Mühle took control of operations, later joined by his son Thilo Mühle . They began producing ships’ chronometers and electronic time-keeping mechanisms for ships. In 1996 they expanded into wristwatch production.

The core Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte collection consists of a number of lines – the classic and business lines, the sports range and the Nautical line etc, all of which boast distinct models. The German company turns out new models every year. The high-quality watches of Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte are known above all for two primary characteristics – absolute precision and purity of design.

The success of the Glashütte watchmakers can be attributed not least to the confidence placed by customers in the timepieces. When products are being developed and tested the firm often works with selected target groups.

This was the case with the S.A.R. Rescue Timer, the fruits of a partnership with the stalwarts manning the boats of Germany’s National Lifeboat Institution (DGzRS). Launch captains wear this watch as they go about their work and provide the manufacturers with regular feedback on the watches’ performance.

Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte developed the “Lufthansa Collection” for the specialised watch market to mark the beginning of their collaboration with Lufthansa. Another exclusive line, the Mercedes-Benz License Collection, arose from a cooperative partnership with Mercedes-Benz. These long-term associations with two of the most celebrated brand names in Germany have been one factor in the establishment of Nautische Instrumente as an innovative and expert partner in specialist trade ventures.

Wristwatches by Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte are highly prized all over the world. These classical, precision watches have earned a loyal clientele in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. In recent years new markets have opened up in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Hongkong, North and South America and the Arab world.

Official website: http://www.muehle-glashuette.de

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