• Oct 9, 2006

The markets for fine timepieces and high-end automobiles attract largely the same demographics, and it's not uncommon for the two to converge to produce watches inspired by cars. Because few things say "precision engineering" quite like a Mercedes-Benz and a handmade Swiss watch, the German automaker previously collaborated with TAG Heuer and IWC, but this time brought it closer to home with German watchmakers Mühle-Glashütte.

The anschluss between Mercedes and Mühle-Glashütte gives birth to the CL Time, a limited edition timepiece of 216, launched to coincide with the market debut of the Mercedes CL-Class. The watch has a brushed-steel case and Louisiana alligator leather strap with butterfly clasp, and features a date indicator, power-reserve meter, 24-hour display and sapphire crystal front and back to view the Soprod calibere 9035 movement. Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH describes the dial as "salmon-coloured", but it looks closer to tan than pink - not that there's anything wrong with buying a pink watch...

The timepiece sells for a hefty €3800, but that shouldn't deter someone enamored enough with the three-pointed star to drop a hundred grand on a new car.

More pics of the watch after the jump.

[Source: AutoMotoPortal]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd buy a pink watch.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "surprsed to see a Mercedes endorsed product with a power reserve meter thought only Rolls Royce had this. Is this a indication that this will be replacing the tachometer on future cars?"

      Are you serious? That is for the automatic movement on the watch. Do you know how watches work?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I find something annoying about a watch without the 12 at the top when other numerals are visible--maybe it's the imbalance.

      People should spend their excess money as they choose, but at over $4800, this watch is a silly purchase when you can buy a reliable Swatch for $65 that looks just as good.

      If this Mercedes watch is as reliable as Mercedes cars have recently been, a Swatch, Casio, Seiko, Timex, etc. is likely to perform better, too.

      Any watch costing more than $50 should be considered jewelry; I guess that makes it harder to put a sensible price tag on it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chronoguy:

      Agree with your comments and am aware of the Swatch group that includes several well regarded, premium brands.

      I understand that Nicolas Hayak saved the Swiss watch industry after Seiko and others nearly killed it.

      Watches are fun and I own many more than I need. I hope you've been able to visit Geneva, Switzerland, the world's watch capital. There's a clock museum there that's well worth seeing.

      There are so many watch stores in Geneva that if a creature from outer space walked through Geneva without seeing any inhabitants, the creature would assume that each human must have at least 10 wrists to accommodate all those watches!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, this is a decent watch. Around $4K from a respected watch brand Mühle-Glashütte.

      The Audi Sinn, Ferrari Panerais are great watches.

      Lotus, BMW should be ashame of themselves. Quartz crap.
      I have over $40,000 in watches and collect them religously so I can comment on this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      chronoguy: if you were really a chronoguy, you would think that movement looks more like an ETA 2892 (rotor shape gives it away), which costs more like... $150.