The brand is still dedicated to their own brand of high-end quartz, so we are still talking about mostly sub ,000 prices. Having said that, these new C-Line C41 Chronograph watches top out at about ,600 (around 1,000 GBP) depending on the model. The Uniform Wares Swiss Made collection will currently be distributed between two model families (the M-Line and C-Line collections) which each have a range of models contained within. I believe that, for a while, some of the legacy Uniform Wares models continue to be available.
I continued searching for alternatives, and once again, I found myself returning to the wonderful world of 3D printing. A company I had used in the past had begun 3D printing a new material known as "Watershed XC." This is an engineering grade ABS-like photopolymer which is optically clear and produces very strong and relatively scratch resistant parts. Another feature of this material is that it has a low refractive index; meaning that the image perceived through the glass will not appear magnified or skewed. The piece came out of the machine with a very rough finish which required nearly 10 hours of hand polishing to achieve the desired optical clarity.
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Now, if you are familiar with the brand, you might know that 2014 marks the 20-year anniversary of the brand being revived by Hans-Jürgen Mühle. Interestingly enough, it is also 145-year anniversary of when the brand was first founded by Robert Mühle. With this unique double-anniversary in the making, Mühle-Glashütte wanted to do something special.
The Speedmaster bracelet of last year's X-33 has been replaced by a green-blue Nato strap, the texture of which reminds us of the one we saw on the Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th anniversary piece (hands-on here), although this time around with Omega branded metal hardware replacing the fabric loops of the strap – certainly a welcome choice.