Meistersinger and Mühle Glashütte’s man in the United States Jeff Hess is more than just a distributor, he is a walking encyclopedia on the history of watchmaking and a global authority on Rolex.
So his views on whether the best days of innovation and business in the watch world are still ahead will be worth the price of admission to this month’s Watchtime exhibition in New York, alone.
Having spoken at length to Mr Hess about this very subject, I can tell you that his panel discussion entitled “The Golden Age of Watchmaking: Past or Present?” will be thought-provoking.
Away from his horological history and crystal ball gazing, Mr Hess will be showing the Meistersinger Black Line No3, a limited edition of just 50 pieces made specifically for the United States.
It is a striking piece with a yellow dial that fades to a soft orange as it meets the black DLC coated steel case housing an automatic movement.
Other Meistersingers on show will include the Bronze Line No3, Perigraph and Metris; plus the latest Urban Day Date, Vintago and Black Line Metris. You won’t find a seconds hand among them.
Mühle Glashütte is marking its 150th anniversary this year, and the company’s current custodian Thilo Mühle is expected to attend the New York show.
All its 2019 automatics are wound by a beautiful 150th anniversary rotor (below) that makes the watches all the more collectible.
Collections at the exhibition will include the Panova Grün, Sea-Timer Blackmotion (pictured top). Teutonia Sport I and Teutonia Monphase.