Robert Mühle. He was born in 1841 in Lauenstein, only a few kilometres away from Glashütte. After his training at the watch manufacturer Moritz Großmann he took the risk and became self-employed: in 1869 he founded a company in Glashütte which manufactured precision measuring instruments for the local watch industry and the watchmakers’ school.
In doing so, he dedicated himself to what has always been the story of the Muhle family and Muhle products up to the present day: precision measuring. At the same time, Robert Muhle’s measuring instruments were leading edge technology. Aspiring Glashütte factories no longer used the Paris line, a traditional measuring unit, when manufacturing their watches, but the metric system, which had recently been introduced into the watchmaking industry. From 1869 on, “Rob. Mühle & Sohn” built the measuring devices and instruments required for this new system.
With his precision measuring instruments, Robert Mühle therefore made an important contribution to Glashütte’s good reputation as the centre of the German watchmaking industry. It was only because we worked with such precision all those years ago that others were also able to do so.
After World War II, Glashutte became part of the DDR. Muhle, became a manufacture of dials for fine measuring gauges for pressure and temperature. Despite the political climate of the DDR, Muhle remained private and family owned.
At the time of German reunification, Hans-Jürgen Mühle was sales manager of the VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe. To integrate the company into the new economic system, he and four other colleagues were appointed managing directors. After carrying out this task, he left the Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe, as he saw his real calling in the family business of his ancestors.
In 1994, Hans-Jurgen Muhle set up the company “Mühle-Glashütte GmbH nautische Instrumente und Feinmechanik“ where he wanted to devote all this attention again to precision measuring. He applied to the manufacture of marine chronometers and wrist watches the knowledge that our family had acquired in this field. As sales manager at VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe he had come into contact with this kind of measuring instruments. Since then, the Muhle family has been manufacturing high-precision marine chronometers, marine time systems and other nautical instruments. In 1996 Muhle produced their first mechanical wristwatch.
Today, Muhle produces a wide array of diverse wristwatches. The models all feature a base in simplicity, yet remain true to the Muhle roots in fine instrumentation. Each watch from Muhle, Glashutte is designed to last a life time.
Thilo Muhle, Muhle Glashutte CEO, interviewed for Page&Cooper Part1
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