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Published on 12-17-2010 09:10 AM

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Review of the Mühle-Glashütte Antaria Kleine Sekunde

By: John B. Holbrook, II


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The Antaria Kleine Sekunde is another impressive model from Mühle-Glashütte introduced at Baselworld 2010. The stainless steel case (5 bars water resistant) has a pleasing blend of both brushed and polished finishes applied, and measures 42mm in diameter - larger than what many will consider falls in the traditional definition of a dress watch, but also very much keeping with the Glashütte Germany tradition as well as being very modern and contemporary. The understated opaline silver dial is positively gorgeous and provides what might otherwise be considered a "ho-hum" watch dial with unique appeal. Raised Arabic numerals encircle the dial, with a second hand sub-dial placed in the six o'clock position, and a day of the month date complication at three o'clock. The hour and minute hand have a small amount of SuperLuminova applied, to allow for low-light reading of the time. The design execution of this dial is a model of Saxony simplicity and elegance. The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with an anti-reflective coating smartly applied to the underside of the crystal.

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Turning to the back of the Turning to the back of the Antaria Kleine Sekunde case, we find a sapphire exhibition back which provides an excellent view of the modified ETA 2895 used in this watch. The ETA 2895 is a variation of what many (including myself) feel is the best ETA caliber in their catalog, the ETA 2892. Where the ETA 2892 has a central seconds hand, the ETA 2895 has a small seconds complication at the 6 o'clock dial position. A base ETA 2895 is a mechanical, self-winding movement with 27 jewels, a 42 hour power reserve, and a balance wheel which oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 beats per minute (BPM). Mühle-Glashütte's does install some custom components on this movement which they manufacture, including blued screws, a custom "woodpecker" style regulator, and of course, the custom signature winding rotor. All Mühle-Glashütte's movements are adjusted for accuracy in 6 positions, and always leave the factory running fast anywhere between 0 to +8 seconds per day.

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Attached to the case lugs of the Antaria Kleine Sekunde is a black leather strap with black stitching. I found the strap to be both comfortable and well-constructed with a look that is neither too dressy nor too casual. The strap is held together with the same great bi-fold push-button stainless steel clasp I've raved about in previous Mühle-Glashütte reviews. Here's a photo of the clasped closed:

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I've found this clasp to be very secure, and and an absolute pleasure to use. When the clasp is opened, you can see the quality machining work performed on solid stainless steel deployant:

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Having spent some time with the Mühle-Glashütte Antaria Kleine Sekunde, I think many will really find this watch appealing both on an aesthetic and horological level. It's a very classy watch, but also a versatile one as well that is perfectly suitable for either dress or casual attire. At a retail price of $1799.00, the Antaria Kleine Sekunde can be considered quite a bargain when compared to other models manufactured in the town of Glashütte Germany. Thanks to Mühle-Glashütte, consumers can enjoy true German watch making at an affordable price.

**Photos & Text Copyright 2010 WATCH TALK FORUMS. No part of this report can be reproduced outside of WATCH TALK FORUMS without the expressed permission of John B. Holbrook, II.

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