The German watchmaker has recently upgraded its Terrasport line of pilot’s watches with the new Muehle-Glasuette Terrasport II. Featuring the easily recognizable styling of the dial (although Muehle-Glasuette has a number of models with radically different exterior,) the timepiece is equipped with unusually thin, delicate-looking hours and minutes hands.
Although the company from the legendary city of Glashütte (it is for the German watchmaking industry like Le Locle for the Swiss) tends to equip their pilot’s watches with a lot broader hands that resemble instruments gauges of WWII-era warplanes, this particular model is equipped with emphatically elegant, leaf-shaped pointers.
At the same time, the Arabic numerals and the inevitable triangle at 12 o’clock are still bold and balanced, and, of course, high contrast in both color schemes.
Thanks to this approach, the new model gives an impression of understated elegance (something you don’t expect from a military-style timepiece,) while still retaining the traditionally high legibility.
Currently, the Germans offer their Terrasport II with two color combinations. There is a version with a low-key cream dial with black numerals and hour markers, and there is a more in-your-face version with a black dial and bright-white numerals.
Surprisingly, the first variation is the most comfortable on the eyes. It may also be a better choice if you plan to wear the piece with a business suit.
Yes, this timekeeper can actually be used as a dress watch not only thanks to its restrained appearance but also because of its compact stainless steel body.
With its flowing curves and brushed surfaces, the case is only 40 millimeters in diameter and just 10 millimeters high, which makes it especially elegant in comparison to the XXL-sized, extra-thick models that are offered by some respected watchmakers.
As the last year’s Muehle Glashuette Terranaut III Trail Automatic watch, the new Terrasport II is powered by the well-known Sellita SW 220-1 self-winding caliber. As usual, the movement was modified in-house with their own woodpecker neck regulation and now sports a branded oscillating weight with the famous Glashuette solar grinding motif.
At this time, the Muehle-Glasuette Terrasport II Automatic is offered at a pretty much affordable price of €950 for a version on either a brown or black Buffalo leather strap. If a version with a stainless steel bracelet is more to your liking, this will increase the price by €100 to still bearable €1050.
Muehle-Glashuette Terrasport II Trail specification
Price: €950 (leather strap) / €1050 (stainless steel bracelet)
Movement: Automatic, caliber Sellita SW 220-1, modified in-house with woodpecker neck regulation and branded oscillating weight
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Muehle-Glashuette signature motif
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date (at 3 o’clock)
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 40.00 mm
Case height: 10.00 mm
Dial: Black (M1-37-44-LB/MB) or Cream (M1-37-47-LB/MB)
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black or brown Buffalo leather strap with contrasting stitching and stainless steel pin buckle or stainless steel bracelet with butterfly clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective