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09/20/2018

Metal with character

MeisterSinger presents the Perigraph Bronze 2018 Edition

MeisterSinger watches show the time with one single hand – for people who simply want to stay on track. The display principle is similar to that of early tower clocks and therefore reminiscent of historical instruments – with purely functional typography and consistently with double digits to indicate the hours. Moreover, MeisterSinger always has its own way of doing things: With its open date ring, the Perigraph has long since become an iconic classic of watch design. A limited edition featuring a solid bronze case now underscores the instrumental character of the watch.

Cultural progress

More than any other metal, the high-strength alloy of copper and tin represents cultural progress, the first trade routes on which the raw materials were transported and also early science, as it was expressed and applied on the Nebra sky disk, which is also made of bronze. And of course, bronze later served as the ideal casing for all valuable scientific equipment before people understood how to manufacture genuine stainless steel.

Although bronze is extraordinarily resilient, time does leave its traces on the surface of the metal. It is not possible to forecast how it will age, as the patina develops differently on each piece of equipment made of bronze. The fact that a bronze case is not only capable of reliably protecting a technical instrument over a long period, but also makes its age visible, was another reason for MeisterSinger to bring out a Perigraph in bronze.

Signs of aging

The surface of the robust Perigraph case will also age and take on a dark patina, according to the environment and the way it is used, as the Swiss automatic movement that powers the timepiece has a long life expectancy. When the Perigraph is first delivered, the bronze is still bright with a reddish gleam. It ideally matches “Old Radium” on the hand and the indices as well as the red instrumental highlights. The antique vintage calfskin strap visually anticipates the aging process, as at first sight it looks as if it has already withstood a fair bit of use.

The Perigraph Bronze 2018 Edition is limited to 100 pieces.