February 14, 2020

A classic watch to celebrate the day 

MeisterSinger presents new, dynamic variants of one of its classics 

The MeisterSinger Perigraph incorporates two of the company’s design ideals. As a single-hand watch, it was designed for people who don’t care about the passing of seconds but want to keep track of the course of the days and months. It is therefore fitted with an open date ring, which together with a well-balanced typography, gives the dial a symmetrical regularity. Until now, this date ring was always the same color as the surrounding dial, and only differed in the fact that it was somewhat recessed. 

Bold colors, contrasting rings 

In two new models, MeisterSinger now emphasizes the geometry of the dial with bold colors in unusual combinations and with a brushed steel case. In the first one, striking, dark tones are placed next to each other and also differ in their surface structure. Whereas most of the dial is deep blue and has a sunburst design, its outer edge and the date ring are matt black. The white typography and red markings are very easy to read against the dark background. 

The second variant shows the dynamic color contrast between the shimmering blue of the dial and the matt light gray of the date ring. This expressive geometry is also structured by the functional MeisterSinger typography in white alongside red highlights. 

Both models come with a leather strap that match their energetic character in terms of color and strong stitching. The stainless-steel case of the Perigraph is 43 millimeters in diameter and water-resistant up to 5 bar. The Swiss automatic movement can be viewed through the sixfold screwed glass exhibition back 

The two new variants will be available at selected retailers in March/April 2020. 

Model: Perigraph Movement: sellita 200-1, 38-hour power reserve Diameter: 43 mm Case: brushed stainless steel, exhibition back with six screws, water-resistant up to 5 bar, sapphire glass Variants: steel blue-black, steel blue-sand

One hand for stargazers 

MeisterSinger presents its second astronomical watch – the Astroscope 

MeisterSinger is well known for its unusual timepieces; single-hand watches that aren’t bothered with the hectic passing of seconds, but display the bigger picture with great precision. After the outstanding success of the Lunascope, MeisterSinger’s moon phase watch, the company has now developed a second model with an astronomical theme. The Astroscope displays the weekdays like they’ve never been shown before, i.e., related to the heavenly bodies that have been attributed to the various days since ancient times. 

Antique heritage 

It’s the Sun and the Moon that divide our time into day and night and the twelve months of the year for everyone to feel and observe. However, the division into seven-day weeks does not follow any particular astronomical rhythm but has more of a mythological background. The method most likely dates back to the Babylonians, who, like many other peoples, considered the number seven to be especially holy and connected with seven heavenly bodies, i.e., the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. Just as most planets are named after Roman gods, most days of the week in both German and English take their corresponding names from Norse mythology. Throughout history, the allocation of the days of the week to celestial bodies has endured the test of time: 

Monday, the Moon  

Tuesday, Mars  

Wednesday, Mercury  

Thursday, Jupiter  

Friday, Venus  

Saturday, Saturn  

Sunday, the Sun  

Rare constellation in 2020 

With these celestial bodies and their classical symbols, the Astroscope shows the days of the week not in a linear or radial fashion but wandering back and forth in a constellation that only occurs every ten to twelve years in the southern night sky of the northern hemisphere. Again, in July 2020 with the exception of the Sun, of course all the celestial bodies of the weekdays will be visible there at the same time. The Astroscope stylizes this formation on its dial; a bright dot appears on Monday at about 12 o’clock at the Moon symbol and the next day to the right at the Mars symbol. On Wednesday it appears next to Mercury at about 9 o’clock; on Thursday next to Jupiter at 3 o’clock ... 

This is as amazing and yet as easy to understand as the time when displayed with only one hand, but because no MeisterSinger watch has ever had such a long and beautiful history as the Astroscope, it comes with a brochure that describes the historical background in detail and also explains the wandering point of the day. In reality, it does not jump back and forth. Under the dial, a large weekday disk with a number of bright dots on it moves one step further from one day to the next, always moving in a circle, just as it is in the world of celestial mechanics. 

Initially, the Astroscope will be available in two variants, but they are all designed with a dark dial that depicts the night sky. The numerals are displayed in a fine serif typeface and the astronomical symbols appear on the dial either in blue or in the luminous color “Old Radium”. Above the circular date window and the MeisterSinger logo there is an intimated horizon, enhancing the impression of looking up at the sky. 

The two models each come with a leather wrist strap in colors that match the typography. 

The Astroscope is powered by a Swiss automatic movement that can be viewed through the sixfold screwed glass exhibition back. The stainless-steel case is a slender 40 millimeters in diameter and water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar. 

The first Astroscopes will be available in March/April 2020.  

Model:Astroscope  Movement:Sellita SW 220, automatic; 38 hours power reserve  Diameter:40 mm  Case:Stainless steel, 6-screwed exhibition back, water resistance 5 bar, sapphire crystal  Variants:black-old radium, steel blue-old radium  

February 14, 2020

It all began with a single hand

A classical MeisterSinger timepiece with a new complication: The Neo Pointer Date

MeisterSinger watches show the time with just one single hand. The same is also true of the new model, the Neo Pointer Date. Although the watch is equipped with an additional hand, its only function is to display the date in the middle of the dial.

Classical form of display

This form of display was a traditional one for wristwatches, as the date used to be indicated by a hand at the center of the dial long before the first date windows appeared. Moreover, the design, which is rare today, follows the MeisterSinger principle of not showing the current moment individually but in context, providing an overview of both the weekly and the monthly course of events, just like the open date rings on the Perigraph or the Pangaea Day Date.

The Neo Pointer Date is a variation on this idea and follows the classical rule that the hand for indicating the longer periods of time, in this case the full days, is the shortest. The date circle is somewhat recessed and located tightly around the center of the dial, clearly different from the minute scale and the hour numerals. Its typography and the small, needle-like hand are highly typical of MeisterSinger.

Three models in two sizes

With its slender bezel and domed hardened acryl glass, the Neo is one of the most elegant models in the MeisterSinger collection. It is 36 millimeters in diameter and just as popular as the Neo Plus in its 40 mm case. For that reason, the Neo Pointer Date is also available in these two sizes, each in two versions, i.e., opaline white and sunburst blue.

The Neo Pointer Date and the Neo Plus Pointer Date are both powered by a Swiss automatic movement. The screwed back of the stainless steel case is engraved with the fermata logo, stamped with a serial number, and water-resistant up to 3 bar.

All models come with a finely meshed milanaise bracelet and are available from March/April and cost € 1290 (Recommended Retail Price/RRP) for the 36 mm and € 1390 (RRP) for the 40 mm.

Model: Neo Pointer Date, Neo Plus Pointer Date Movement: Sellita SW 200-1, Automatic, 38-hour power reserve Diameter:36 mm / 40 mm Case: Stainless steel, screwed caseback, water-resistant up to 3 bar, hardened acryl glass

20 November 2019

MeisterSinger makes watches for people who have their own effortless way of managing time. And MeisterSinger never tires of creating unusual solutions for them, not only in the way it displays time, but also with the sophisticated mechanics behind it.

The Circularis is MeisterSinger’s premium line. Its various models are powered by movements carefully constructed to meet the special requirements of single-hand watches. At the Dubai Watch Week, MeisterSinger is presenting a version exclusively designed for the Arabic-speaking world: the Circularis Reverse. Arabic is written to read from right to left, which corresponds to the anti-clockwise direction of the watch itself. At first glance there seems to be no difference at all; the geometry of the dial hardly differs from the standard version, as MeisterSinger always uses double-digit hour numerals in order to give its watches a balanced appearance. From a technical point of view, however, the watch is a genuine specialty.

Movements made to measure

MeisterSinger sets the highest standards for the watchmaking quality of its products. For its characteristic way of displaying the time with a single, long hand, MeisterSinger commissioned Swiss specialists to develop movements that implement this principle to perfection, in both technical and aesthetic terms. As the hand needs to run with particular precision, a minute wheel with spring teeth was integrated in the movement in order to minimize the backlash. The fact that MeisterSinger is less concerned about short periods of time and more about seeing the bigger picture is also reflected in the Circularis’ five-day power reserve, which is stored in its twin mainspring barrels. Their in-series design means power is delivered to the movement extremely evenly and smoothly, thereby increasing the precision. The distinctiveness of these movements, which are

used exclusively in Circularis models, is also evident in their elaborate design: the finishing with polished edges, blued screws, polished bevels, and engravings lined with gold. The bridge, painstakingly designed by company founder Manfred Brassler, is unique in its merging of technical and aesthetic sophistication.

The Automatic Version of MeisterSinger’s movement MSA01 forms the basis on which the Circularis Reverse was developed. Although the development of this anti-clockwise running timepiece was technically anything but straightforward, it proved to be far more complex than initially expected and it became necessary to build in eleven new components. The result is not a new, but a thoroughly redesigned movement in which the date also switches the other way around. And a fine example of watchmaking ingenuity, which also includes taking the most rational approach possible, as series parts were modified in order to create many of the new components required.

In typical MeisterSinger style the Circularis Reverse gives time its own direction – and requires its own mechanics and form in order to do so. Just like words that are read from right to left. The Circularis Reverse with its relaxing way of enjoying time is exclusively built for MeisterSinger’s partner “Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons” in a limited edition of only 25 pieces. This MeisterSinger special edition wristwatch will be presented for the first time at the MeisterSinger Booth during Dubai Watch Week from November 20 to 24, 2019.

Model: Circularis Reverse Movement: Automatic bridge rhodium-plated with côtes circulaire (circular polishing), diameter 32,7 mm, height 6,4 mm, 29 jewels, Glucydur® balance, eccentric fine adjustment, 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), Incabloc® shockproofing, twin in-series mainspring barrels, temperature-blued screws, tungsten rotor Diameter: 43 mm Case: Stainless steel, domed sapphire crystal, water-resistant up to 5 bar, sapphire crystal back Dial: Sunburst steel blue Power reserv: 120 hours Wrist: Wrist strap made of saddle leather with quick release system, additional cordovan strap included

29 August 2019

MeisterSinger makes watches for people who need nothing more than a single hand to keep track of their time. The Circularis is MeisterSinger’s premium line. The movements for these models were developed in Switzerland according to exact specifications set out by MeisterSinger in order to ideally meet the special requirements of single hand watches and to ensure an incredibly large power reserve at the same time. The MSH01 movement is the hand-wound caliber, the MSA01 is the automatic version. The various Circularis models are all equipped with this outstanding technology. Their appliqued hour numerals and their polished stainless steel cases provide the appropriate grandeur.

 

Finely matted with a dignified patina

However, the new Circularis Automatic “Old Radium” has a completely different look, more casual and altogether cool. Its case is finely matted, giving it a more leisurely look than a highly polished surface. Here the hour numerals on the black dial are not appliques, but treated with “Old Radium” luminous paint, just like the single hand, creating the impression that the dial has gained a dignified patina over a period of decades. The face of this model is therefore reminiscent of the historical scientific measuring instruments that have always inspired the design of the MeisterSinger collection.

 

Efficient and beautiful to behold

The Circularis’ MSA01 automatic movement follows the grand tradition of Swiss watchmaking, whose specialists have long mastered the art of finding mechanical solutions for every new technical challenges. One of MeisterSinger’s strict design specifications was that the hand should rotate extremely smoothly and evenly, despite its length. To achieve this feat, the developers created a movement with a wheel with sprung teeth that minimizes the backlash of the hand. Two in-line mainspring barrels store the energy required for the unusually long 120-hour power reserve. The two barrels are powered by a tungsten rotor, which converts the wearer’s every arm movement into the energy that drives the movement. Sickle-shaped recesses are reminiscent of MeisterSinger’s fermata logo and allow a good view of the movement at all times. With its meticulous ornamentation and the uniquely designed bridge, it also meets MeisterSinger’s most stringent aesthetic requirements and has already won the German Desing Award for the hand-wound version.

The movement of the Circularis can, of course, be viewed through a screwed exhibition glass back, giving it greater flair on the back than on the front, but that’s what makes it so cool. The Circularis Automatic is on sale now. The stainless-steel case is 43 millimeters in diameter and water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar. The watch comes with a vintage saddle leather strap.

 

Model: Circularis Automatic Old Radium Movement: manual wind, mechanism bridge rhodium-plated with côtes circulaire (circular graining), diameter 32.7 mm, height 6.4 mm, 29 jewels, Glucydur® balance wheel, Eccentric precision timing 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), Incabloc® shock protection, twin in-series mainspring barrels, temperature-blued screws, tungsten rotor Diameter: 43 mm Case: Stainless steel case (brushed, DLC), water-resistant up to 5 bar, domed sapphire crystal, sapphire crystal back magnified date Dial: black; needle-hand, numerals and indexes with Superluminova “Old Radium” Power reserve: 120 hours Wirstband: saddle leather

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