As early as 300 years before our era, a wooden wheel with pegs inserted into its circumference was the first cogwheel to be used in ancient Egyptian horse mills, called "Göpel". These mills were large turning devices for driving working machines, which were moved by people or animals walking in circles.

A further development later led to the invention of the well-known pulley block. The first confirmed tradition about the use of cogwheels refers to a cog-wheeled water clock from 250 BC. The most important artefact for the use of cogwheels in antiquity is the mechanism of Antikythera from around 100 BC.

From the 9th century onwards, cogwheels were used in water mills, and from the 12th century onwards they were also used in windmills. It took more than half a millennium until Da Vinci, around 1500, used gears for his numerous inventions. For a long time, little attention was paid to the shape of the cogwheel itself.

It is assumed that the Danish astronomer Ole Rømer used the epicycloidal tooth form when building his planetariums. This tooth shape ensured for the first time a uniform movement and thus a more secure gait. Mathematicians proved this and so these gears were also used in clockworks for the first time after 1730.

Would you have known it?

Number 1 on the MeisterSinger Bridge

Nico is our man of the first hour and a real family man. The married father of two children shares his life with two cats and a dog in addition to his family. Nico has family and social values in his blood, so it was a natural choice for him to focus his professional career on the social sector in the first place, with training and studies. It's just good for us that Nico changed his professional orientation after his studies - after all, he completed a commercial apprenticeship after gaining initial experience in the furniture retail trade. You need to have that much stamina.

In his free time, Nico enjoys endurance sports. He boxes and keeps fit, but because he also needs to rest from time to time, he regularly goes out into nature for long walks with the dog at his side. When he is not playing football, he enjoys soul music from the 60s and 70s. A very versatile person.

Place in the movement

In 2005 Nico became the first permanent employee of MeisterSinger. He is our specialist for order processing and logistics. But Nico can do even more: he is someone who is always trying to improve old structures, build new ones and solve problems - a real doer. Because he is involved from the very beginning, he certainly has the best overview and is as deeply involved in the MeisterSinger matter as hardly anyone else.

Nico about his work at MeisterSinger

"Before the interview at MeisterSinger, I said to my wife: It's probably one of those small, young "startup watch brands" that a guy sets up from his flat and a friend of his does the bookkeeping. And that is exactly how it was. In the beginning there were three of us. But MeisterSinger grew fast, everything grew bigger from year to year. The premises, the number of employees, the production quantities, the turnover and of course the problems associated with it.

And this is exactly what I still enjoy doing in my work to this day: getting problems out of the way, creating new structures in the constant change of time and watching the company grow."

Dear Readers,

A pleasant wind of change blows through the offices of MeisterSinger. With this article we would therefore like to invite you on a short journey. Anyone who has subscribed to our newsletter or follows us in social networks will have noticed that we want to capture our external impact. With this survey we also started an internal excursion into an exciting future and we invite you to accompany us on this journey.

It's time for more MeisterSinger: You can expect exciting employee interviews, interesting insider information and stories worth reading from the everyday work of the MeisterSinger team. We will be providing all kinds of background information around the clock for watch enthusiasts with a passion for technology and design.

We will also give the necessary space to the perception of time and more philosophical topics. In the future there will be more of us to see - more than our award-winning watches. We want to show which soul MeisterSinger has within him, how much heart is put into the development of new timepieces. We want to show how we tick and what makes the whole MeisterSinger work.

'You cannot look into the future, but you can lay the foundation for something in the future - because you can build the future.'
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

So there will be a lot going on in the blog as well as in the social networks and you, dear watch enthusiasts, are an essential part of our vision of the future. You are the foundation stones on which we are building. More from us also means that you will have many more opportunities to contribute ideas and suggestions about where our journey together could lead. Your comments in social networks, their interaction and personal feedback, are the foundation of our future presence.

It is time for change and we look forward to all that comes.

Your MeisterSinger team.

Dear Readers,

A pleasant wind of change blows through the offices of MeisterSinger. With this article we would therefore like to invite you on a short journey. Anyone who has subscribed to our newsletter or follows us in social networks will have noticed that we want to capture our external impact. With this survey we also started an internal excursion into an exciting future and we invite you to accompany us on this journey.

It's time for more MeisterSinger: You can expect exciting employee interviews, interesting insider information and stories worth reading from the everyday work of the MeisterSinger team. We will be providing all kinds of background information around the clock for watch enthusiasts with a passion for technology and design.

We will also give the necessary space to the perception of time and more philosophical topics. In the future there will be more of us to see - more than our award-winning watches. We want to show which soul MeisterSinger has within, how much heart is put into the development of new timepieces. We want to show how we tick and what makes the whole MeisterSinger work.

So there will be a lot going on in the blog as well as in the social networks and you, dear watch enthusiasts, are an essential part of our vision of the future. You are the foundation stones on which we are building. More from us also means that you will have many more opportunities to contribute ideas and suggestions about where our journey together could lead. Your comments in social networks, their interaction and personal feedback, are the foundation of our future presence.

It is time for change and we look forward to all that comes.

Your MeisterSinger team.

'You cannot look into the future, but you can lay the foundation for something in the future - because you can build the future.'
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

MeisterSingers Astroscope wins the German Design Award 2021

What all MeisterSinger watches have in common is that they display the time with only one hand, like the first mechanical timepieces, and thus literally tell the time. They are watches for people who like to remember that the moment in the here and now is our true reality. A reality that we should not completely alienate ourselves from - quite the contrary.

Even with the Astroscope - the second model with an astronomical theme in the history of the company after the successful moon-phase watch Lunascope - MeisterSinger remains true to itself. The watch already caused a stir when it was presented at this year's Inhorgenta, as it shows the days of the week in a coherent and catchy new way: with reference to the celestial bodies that have been assigned to you since time immemorial.

Until now, design at MeisterSinger was purely a matter for the boss. All watches bear the signature of the company founder Manfred Brassler. When he offered the young employee and Art Director Jens Bierwirth to try his hand at designing a MeisterSinger, he could not foresee that it would not only deliver a well-designed product, but also a complete concept behind it.

First work with concept

"Jens Bierwirth's task in the company was originally the maintenance and implementation of our corporate design", explains Brassler, "but he has also become increasingly involved in product development". A little more than a year ago he was asked to think about his own MeisterSinger and decided on an unusual indication for the common day-date complication. According to designer Bierwirth, the path to the concept was basically a logical conclusion: "The new advertisement should not only be balanced and clearly designed, as is customary with MeisterSinger, but should have 'a good reason'. I found that reason when I studied the history of the days of the week and their astronomical equivalent, with celestial mechanics, so to speak.

That the weekday-transforming stars could be seen together in the sky this year of all years only became apparent in the course of development. "I changed the final design again at short notice in order to make the constellation really correspond to the picture in the sky this summer. Otherwise Mars and Saturn would have been reversed; I literally could not leave it like that", the graphic artist reveals.

A conclusive idea

It is the sun and the moon that divide our time for all to feel and observe: Day and night, in twelve months per year. However, the division into seven-day weeks does not follow any astronomical principle, but has a mythological background. It goes back to the Babylonians and was associated with the seven celestial bodies in the firmament, which are particularly clearly visible.

With these celestial bodies and their corresponding symbols, the astroscope on the dial does not show the days of the week in a linear fashion, but back and forth through a bright dot. Exactly in the order in which they appear in the southern night sky.

"This was a new, different way of reading the information," says Manfred Brassler, "and it earned us great respect from everyone at MeisterSinger.

Design awards number 29 and 30

The design committees probably saw it the same way. After the red dot award 2020 Jens Bierwirth now also receives the German Design Award 2021 for his 'first watch'. At MeisterSinger you can be sure that there will be more to come.

This instrument measures summer days

The N° 03 has long been a design classic – and a fine example of how the character of a watch can change through the use of other materials and structures. With its bronze case and dark blue dial, the “Bronze Line” version of the N° 03 is not for the writing desk, but for long summer days on the road, on the coast, in the country or outside in front of your favourite bar. This makes it our Watch of the Month.

Bronze for discoverers

Timepieces with only one hand are standing naturally in the tradition of sundials. Today only used as decoration, they were once indispensable for the division of the daily run, sort of early scientific instruments. MeisterSinger watches have also always been inspired by historical measuring instruments, with pure design and a clean typography.

So launching the “Bronze Line” was only a logical step. Watches that are encased in the same case material that used to protect valuable scientific equipment from moisture, shock and temperature fluctuations. And this, it is not at all overstated, made the great scientific expeditions of the 18th and 19th centuries possible.

Patina and small scars

The alloy that MeisterSinger has chosen for its bronze cases protects the watches in all its adventures, but preserves their traces: after a while, a patina forms on the surface which reproduces the finish of the case and the small scratches and scars that life leaves on it. Our Watch of the Month is therefore also delivered vacuum-packed so that the bronze remains flawless until it is first worn. The more the wearer lets his watch age on the outside and does not remove the patina, the greater will be the contrast between the case and the shimmering blue dial. Its sunburst ensures that it shines sometimes brighter, sometimes darker and reflects the summer sun.

Of course, this fits perfectly to a casual outfit or looks gorgeous on tanned skin, certainly also combined with a coloured nylon strap. And maybe the N° 03 in bronze is something for the office after all. It clearly shows that its wearer still has plans for the beautiful summer day.

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

What are MeisterSinger-watches doing at a Bauhaus exhibition?

stilwerk Düsseldorf is currently hosting the exhibition “Re:Form – Homage to 100 Years of Bauhaus.” It is the third and final stop of the exhibition that was previously shown in Hamburg and Berlin. In it a three-man artists’ collective – Olff Appold, Kai Brüninghaus, and Jürgen Sandfort – juxtaposes photographs, films, and animations on the theme with contemporary design among other things. Olff Appold combined MeisterSinger watches with classic “Bauhaus-style” motifs.

Photographer Stephan Gustavus was also inspired by Bauhaus and in his free work he closely links MeisterSinger timepieces with the spirit of the legendary “School of Art and Design.” He arranged a disassembled movement to create a “homage to Wassily Kandinsky.”

Geometric and black and white

Especially in the Bauhaus anniversary year the creations of many designers expressly invoke the institution whose name on a product sounds like a seal of quality, but can be used arbitrarily because it is not legally protected. The generally accepted consensus is that the design language of a “Bauhaus watch” is radically reduced to basic geometric shapes, black and white, and a sober, sans-serif typography. Until now, MeisterSinger has not seen itself in the Bauhaus tradition. The single-hand watches designed by Manfred Brassler in Münster were inspired by early tower clocks and old scientific measuring instruments. At first glance, some models have features that could be regarded as “typically Bauhaus.” But Gustavus’ photographs also include an elegant Pangaea with an ivory face that does not fit into the usual cliché and yet is perfectly in keeping with the theme.

Medieval ideals

Of course, the Bauhaus did not only use black and white, but developed its own color theories. What’s more, in Weimar and Dessau new typefaces were created, including some with serifs. But what MeisterSinger watches have in common with the Bauhaus maxims is more than a design language that consistently avoids prolific embellishment with no function. Rather, they share a combination of art and craftsmanship with close cooperation between specialists from very different disciplines. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius had the cathedral workshops of the Middle Ages in mind as a synergetic ideal (and name giver) and he wanted the structure of his school to correct the aberrations of modern times. The Bauhaus, for many the epitome of modernity, is also based on decisive criticism of modernity.

Reduce to the essentials

With the traditional cooperation between designers, watchmakers, and craftsmen under one roof, watch manufacturers come very close to the cathedral workshop ideal. And with MeisterSinger there’s something else: the large tower clocks of the medieval churches that inspired the timepieces from Münster got by with just one hand. And the reintroduction of this display principle in modern wristwatches also corrects an unfortunate development: as it became possible to precisely measure and display ever smaller units of time over the centuries, today minute and second hands all too often shoo people along, unnecessarily dividing the flow of the day into tiny pieces. MeisterSinger counters this with a different perception that has almost been lost and wants to show how attractive it can be to focus on the essentials. It is this kind of very careful reduction in every detail that links MeisterSinger watches and Bauhaus products. And explains why the Pangaea also fits so well into Stephan Gustavus’ Bauhaus motifs.

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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15. January 2019

MeisterSinger’s city kid has learned a lot. The Urban Day Date has an easy-to-read day- and date display and an even more dynamic design.

One year ago, MeisterSinger presented a young, fresh interpretation of the single-hand watch. With its clear, concise appearance and striking numerals, the Urban fits in perfectly with the lifestyle of young city dwellers who confidently dispense with anything too complicated and don’t let themselves be rushed. Even in the tireless cities they don’t want to measure their time in seconds. But the Urban can do a lot more than display the time: In the new Day Date version, it displays the weekday at twelve o’clock and the current date at six o’clock in two different windows.

Distinctive instrument

Actually, our house specialties include calendar displays on open rings, but the shapes of the Urban Day Date windows are also part of the MeisterSinger design code, as the circular date window has been created to match the case design and the semicircle for reading the weekday corresponds to the fermata logo. Above all, it creates a fascinating point of interest in between the upper hour markers. The Urban Day Date is the only MeisterSinger to display the typical twin hour digits only at 02, 04, 08, and 10 o’clock, which gives it a particularly dynamic look. And the powerful typography emphasizes the instrumental character of the watch just as much as the red tip of the single hour hand.

The Urban Day Date is available in four different dial designs; the day and date windows underscore the distinctive geometry with a matching contrasting color. The opaline silver and sand gray versions are fitted with black date disks, while in the black and blue versions they are a vibrant red.                                        

Reliable movement

The Urban Day Date is powered by a dependable automatic caliber, the Miyota 8265, the workings of which can be observed through the screwed glass exhibition back of the stainless steel case. Whenever the wearer moves, the rotor engraved with the MeisterSinger logo supplies the movement with fresh energy. The mainspring stores the power for 42 hours of precise running and for the next step of the date disks to the following calendar day at midnight. If the owner takes off the watch over a long weekend, the weekday and date can be adjusted quickly and easily via the crown.

The Urban Day Date will be available as of now and comes with a matching calf strap and a textile strap.

Model: Urban Day Date

Movement: Miyota 8285, automatic
Diameter: 40 mm

Case: Stainless steel, Exhibition back with six screws, water resistance 5 bar, sapphire crystal

Power reserve: 42 hours

Variants: Opaline Silver, Black, Blue, Sand-Gray

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