Circularis – all-round independence
MeisterSinger has remained true to its principles and reinvented itself at the same time – the newly presented Circularis with its 14½-line MSH01 manual wind mechanical movement is the basis for a new generation of single-hand watches superbly crafted by the Münster-based manufacturer. Within three years, the team at MeisterSinger’s long-standing cooperation partner in Switzerland designed from scratch a caliber timepiece that is aesthetically unmistakable, but above all meets the sophisticated standards both companies have come to expect in state-of-the-art watchmaking. The MSH01 is a robust piece – its design is focused on the essentials. An unusually long power reserve, a uniquely designed movement, and its design potential for subsequent watch concepts stood at the forefront of the development.
A bespoke movement: MSH01
Twin in-series mainspring barrels provide the movement with an abundant 5 days power reserve. The in-series springs guarantee a smoother power delivery to the mechanism than, for instance, a single spring, providing the movement with a high degree of power precision. In addition to the mainspring barrels, the bridge design gives the movement a highly unusual geometry – and demonstrates the aspiration of the founder of MeisterSinger, Manfred Brassler, to merge design ideals with high technical refinement. For the first time, he not only designed the face and the case of a watch, but also the balanced appearance of the movement. The joy of his attention to detail is also obvious in the finishing – the elaborate circular polishing of the rhodium-plated bridge, mirror-polished bevels, blued screws, and the engraving in gold make the MSH01 a pleasure to behold.
In technical terms too, further details point to the manufacturer’s firm endeavor to remain on its independent path as a maker of single-hand watches:
Since a single, long hour hand needs to run with particular precision, a dial train with spring wheel was integrated in the movement in order to minimize the backlash of the hand. The assortment too has been specially developed for this movement design, which means that independence is guaranteed for the design of further products in this line.
The Circularis is fitted with a newly designed extra-large crown for easy winding. It takes a little time until sufficient tension has built up in the rotating barrels and the balance wheel begins to rotate, but that makes winding the watch a micromechanical experience and a pleasant little ritual – even though it is only needed every five days.
Design in MeisterSinger style
With a needle hand, zeros placed before the single digits and line indices on the face, the Circularis is a classic MeisterSinger – but with newly interpreted design trademarks. The hour digits are displayed in a fine serif typeface on the face. A circular recess in the center gives it greater structure, particularly in its interplay with the sunburst pattern on its sapphire-blue or silver-white face. The twelve narrow hour indices in the inner circle of the face underline the nature of the single-hand watch: An eye for what is really important.
The Circularis is an unusual watch – with its graceful way of showing the time and the high-quality movement that was developed especially for it. As a reliable powerhouse, it is the ideal basis for additional features and models that are destined to grow and become the Circularis family in years to come. In the cooperation with our Swiss partner and its close connectedness with outstanding parts specialists, MeisterSinger is following the fundamental principle of outstanding Swiss watchmaking tradition.
The Circularis will be available as from October 2014 with three different face designs (sunburst silver-white, sunburst sapphire blue, ivory) on a wristband made of genuine alligator leather (cognac and dark brown) with a double-folding clasp.