Circularis: autonomous all the way around
At this year’s Baselworld the Münster-based watch manufacturer MeisterSinger will be unveiling a further development of its manual-wind movement MSH01: The MSA01 has a rotor winding mechanism with a circling tungsten weight that supplies the two barrels with energy while at the same time offering a clear view of the unique movement geometry. This unimpeded view is also safeguarded by delicate skeletonizing of the rotor, which resembles the fermata in the manufacturer’s logo.
The new automatic represents a key step for MeisterSinger towards a whole movement family designed specifically for its single-hand watches with a variety of purposes and different characteristics. For example, in contrast to the hand-wound variant, the new automatic movement displays the date as well as the time.
The first model powered by the MSA01 is the Circularis Automatic. Its classic MeisterSinger face has been enhanced with a number of unique features. The hour digits have been mounted on the face as applications. Like the white and red hour hand, the small metal-plated index markers have been coated with superluminova, making it possible to read the time even in the dark. The recess of the round date window has been meticulously metallized as well.
The stainless steel case of the Circularis Automatic has a sturdy diameter of 43 millimeters. This leaves ample room for the expressive dial colors available for this model: The MeisterSinger classic, an even ivory tone, has been joined by dials in dark sapphire blue, anthracite and, for the first time, a burgundy red – each with a delicate sunburst finish that shimmers when it catches the light
Those who choose the benefits of an automatic but miss the beautiful ritual of winding their timepiece each day can invent a new one, circling the rotor over the beautifully shaped movement, generating energy almost as an afterthought.
In expanding the Circularis premium line, MeisterSinger has also reworked the hand-wind model that created such an impression at Baselworld two years ago by uniting the watchmaker’s high technical standards and design ideals. The Circularis is powered by the MSH01, the first movement developed for MeisterSinger by Swiss specialists. Because a single, long hour hand must be especially precise, it requires a design with a dual minute wheel that minimizes the play of the hand. The robust caliber collects energy for 120 hours of power reserve in two barrels for this purpose. The MSH01 became the first watch movement to win the Red Dot Design Award, in good part because of the uniquely shaped gear bridge that MeisterSinger founder and designer Manfred Brassler added to this technical masterpiece as the crowning aesthetic touch.
The second generation of the Circularis Manual has a more streamlined typography than the first models, with galvanized hour digits and sophisticated index markers that give it a higher quality appearance as well. Like the single hour hand, they are coated in superluminova, making it possible to read the time even at night.
For daytime effect, MeisterSinger is adding two additional, striking dial colors. The ivory and deep sapphire blue dials are now being joined by variants in anthracite and a deep “Rensing green,” each with a refined sunburst finish.
It takes some time until the two large barrels of the MSH01 have collected enough energy and the balance wheel begins to oscillate. This is precisely what makes the hand-wind a micromechanical event and a small, beautiful ritual.