Robert Muhle founded a family tradition in excellence in the watchmaking business he established in 1869. The business found its home in Glashutte, Germany, hence, the fitting name Muhle Glashutte. The brand is an old established company producing innovative precision timepieces, known for its utilitarian and clean designs in a durable timepiece that endures through generations of hand-me-downs. The most recent masterpiece immediately caught our attention with the name Muhle Glashutte Panova Rot. It's a bit unusual to see a red watch these days. The brand and the interesting format piqued our interest. Upon inspection, it became clear that the traditions began by Muhle over a century and a half ago are still upheld, but with a modern twist.
A modern novelty
Reviews of the Panova Rot hit the mark by highlighting its novel red dial and the fine details that combine to make this one of Muhle Glashutte's most interesting designs. The piece contains the DNA with the signature aesthetics of the brand, but it also represents a departure from what is expected. The brand does not need to rely on glitzy aesthetics to market its new creations as much as brands like Rolex and others, but the Panova Rot possesses elements that make it easy to represent as a conversation piece with stylish luxury components that make it desirable for those with a keen sense of fashion and a penchant for the novel.
The Panova Rot at a glance
The first thing that catches the eye is the striking color of the dial. The treatment applied is a candy red sunburst color that plays with the light playfully. The brightness of the dial is augmented by the rather stoic polished silvertone bezel and lugs, leading to the two-tone black and white strap, in the example we reviewed. The dial is further accented as the focal point due to the raised sloping bezel that naturally draws the eyes downward and the wide-set tapering lugs. The case design could be construed as rather plain but it works proficiently for accenting the dial of the Panova Rot.
A Closer look at the Muhle Glashutte Panova Rot Watch
Muhle Glashutte knows they have a winner here. They reinforce the notion that there is no departure from their original signature formula of producing classic tool watches with a clean and utilitarian purpose. We now turn to some of the more practical and finer details of the components that make up the Panova Rot.
The case is made of premium stainless steel in classic styling. It measures 40 mm in diameter with a brushed finish. The depth is 10.4 mm for a moderate thickness. The crown is a screw-down type made of the same material in a tall style with a ridged edge to make it easy to grip when making adjustments to the time, if necessary. This style enhances with water-resistance of the watch which is 100 meters. The hour and minute markers on the dial are applied stick style in black, with a white dot on the 12, 3, 6, and 9 indices for amazing contrast. The hands are baton style in black and white, with a needle-style black seconds' hand.
The Panova Rot is powered with an automatic caliber SW 200-1 movement with Woodpecker neck regulation, and Second stop. Functions include hours, minutes, and seconds. This is a simple movement that has omitted a date function. The power reserve is 38 hours in a simple and functional utilitarian timepiece. The movement is a Sellita SW200-1 that has been modified with a custom rotor and Muhle Glashutte adjustments for optimized precision in timekeeping. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour or 4 Hz.
The Muhle Glashutte Panova Rot is available in a variety of strap versions. They're interchangeable which gives the owner tons of options for matching them with their wardrobes. The piece we observed came with a fun black and white striped nylon strap. You're not limited to this option, however. You have a choice of a black nubuck strap, which is a bit more upscale and sophisticated, or an even more fund NATO strap that comes in a bright yellow and black colorway, or a double striped black and gray nylon NATO strap, or a caramel brown colored distressed perforated leather strap. The choice is yours.
Other facts about the Muhle Glashutte Panova Rot Watch
The Panova Rot similarly rolls off the tongue to the term "Panama Red." Those familiar with the German language know immediately that the watch is going to be read before they even view it. It's comfortable on the wrist and fairly light. The time is easy to read in darker lighting conditions thanks to the generous applications of SupeLuminova on the hour markers and hands. Additionally, the dial is covered with a sapphire crystal lens that is AR treated to make the time more legible in bright light. Sapphire crystal is also scratch-resistant and it protects the dial and movement from glass and water contamination.
Pricing and availability
The Muhle Glashutte Panova Rot is currently available through Mule Glashutte at a starting price of $1,167.
Every once in a while an old established brand that is highly predictable will depart from the norm. It's not always applauded by the loyal patronage with high expectations. Those who are steeped in tradition tend to dislike any deviation. Muhle Glashutte took a chance and made an adventurous gamble with their Panova Rot edition. It stands out in its collection of fine quality timepieces with its bright red dial and interesting white dots of Superluminova on the crystal. It's a beautiful wristwatch that is suitable for wear in a variety of social settings. Just trade out the strap to suit the occasion and the Panova rot becomes sophisticated and fun, or even more novel and fun with a double striped NATO strap. It's a versatile timepiece and it's one that Onlookers cannot help but find attractive, even if red isn't in your wheelhouse.
Written by Lily Wordsmith
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