MeisterSinger constructs unusual watches that feature a single hour hand. In the company’s collection, there are only a few exceptions to this rule – and even these timepieces are instantly recognizable as MeisterSinger products. Here as well, the hour hand dominates, while minutes and seconds only take on supporting roles or cameo appearances. Implementing this principle is technically complex – and a good reason for MeisterSinger to equip two of its watches with added functions with a new dial color – a cool gray, which underlines its technical character.
Limited edition: Singulator in gray
At first glance, the Singulator, with its dial geometry, is reminiscent of classic regulators: historical timepieces whose specifications were once indispensable for science and transport. But while they had a central minute hand and presented hour and second on auxiliary dials, the hour hand dominates the Singulator in typical MeisterSinger fashion.
The minute hand can be found at 12 o’clock, while the second hand is at 6 o’clock. In terms of color, the smaller units of time are also offset from the larger whole – the smaller hands are bright red, while the hour hand stands out in pure white from the gray of the dial, whose fine sunburst finish shimmers in the light. For this particular three-part time display, the clockwork of Swiss hand-wound movement that drives the Singulator had to be significantly redesigned. The caliber MS0109 (base Unitas) can be seen through the bolted glass base of the sturdy stainless steel case, which has a diameter of 43 millimeters.
The striking color combination of gray, red and white also pays honor to the technical character of the watch.
New addition to the line: Paleograph in gray
The new Paleograph version separates the two very different tasks of the watch by color: only the large white hour hand indicates the time. The central stop-second, the minute hand on the totalizer at the 6 o’clock position and the small running second counter at 9 o’clock have been painted a vibrant red – should the wearer be interested in short and, indeed, the shortest time increments. Even at second glance, the Paleograph is never a typical chronograph, as it has dispensed with a telemeter and tachymeter scale and there are no push knobs on the watch case. Short-term measurements are started, stopped, and reset by pressing the crown. Such a discrete construction was widespread decades ago, but can only be rarely found today. For the Paleograph, the high-quality Swiss hand-wound movement was extensively redesigned and supplemented by a chronograph module with classic column wheel. The owner can observe this mechanism through the glass base. The stainless steel case has a diameter of 43 millimeters.
The gray dial features a fine sunburst finish, which allows the gray to shimmer in the light. The striking combination of white contrasted with three red hands against the gray dial looks very sporty – and is also an expression of the Paleograph’s technical ambition.