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