Another way of simply passing the time: The Circularis Reverse

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