That’s not to say that the M29 is going for a pilot aesthetic, as it isn’t. It’s just a visual oddity that my brain is having trouble reconciling. It’s not like you could shorten the hour hand (as it would throw off the proportional relationship), and you really can’t enlarge the circle, as it would then have the date window cutting into it. Nor could you remove that circle, as it’s one of the main visual references back to the original gauge line. In short, the design of the dial and hands are what they need to be. Yes, this is a lot of hand-wringing over what is ultimately a small detail, but that’s my job– worry about the smaller details and point them out for you.
If all you read of this review were the last two paragraphs, you’d be tempted to think that I didn’t like the watch. To the contrary– this has been a rather fun watch to spend some time with. I found it to be rather comfortable (due to that strap, and the angled lugs), sized appropriately to my tastes (and wrist), and I found it to just be a great-looking watch. It’s the sort of piece that works well in every day situations, but it can easily be dressed up if the need arises. It’s also nicely sized (42mm by 11.3mm), which gives it some presence, but it’s easy to slip under a watch cuff. Ultimately, it’s occupying a sweet little niche that I think many will find appealing, especially at it’s asking price of $1,899 – I know it’s one I’ve enjoyed a great deal during my time with it. muhle-glashuette.de
>Model: M29 Classic
>Price: $1,899 (on leather as reviewed), $1,999 (on steel)
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Without a second thought– it’s a great watch for the office
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: This is a perfect recommendation for someone who is looking for an everyday watch that is neither a sport watch or a fully polished dress piece.
>Worst characteristic of watch: It’s a minor detail, but that central circle still gnawing at me a bit
>Best characteristic of watch: The case – between it’s narrow bezel, and alternating finishes that cut down glare (but still give some bits of flash), this is a robust yet refined design that sits well on the wrist