MeisterSinger is a young German brand that offers single-hand watches. In the past, using just a single hand was normal, but nowadays it’s rather rare. Keep on reading to learn more about the brand whose ambitions go much further than creating traditional models. MeisterSinger watches are a guarantee of uniqueness!
The history of this German brand is quite short when compared with the other brands, which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. In 2001 Manfred Brassler opened his business in Münster, Westphalia. In less than two decades, he and his team of committed employees have managed to create a brand that is recognised on all continents with a sales network in 39 countries around the world.
All MeisterSinger watches have a single hand. In this way, the brand pays homage to watches from the past, i.e. the sundials and single-hand clocks from the church towers. As a result, the MeisterSinger watches display the time of day in an intuitive manner, which is supposed to make the watch owner feel more relaxed. The brand believes we should grasp every moment, and not feel overwhelmed by fast-moving time.
The MeisterSinger offer is rich. We can find both simple single-hand watches with a date indicator and those with MeisterSinger’s own movement and astronomical complications. Therefore, everyone can find something to suit their individual taste.
The products offered by the company must comply with a few clearly defined rules. Firstly, as mentioned earlier, the watches can only have a single hand. Secondly, the design must be simple, as it makes the watch look clear and elegant. Thirdly, the watch needs to have a hand with a fine needle point. Also, the double-digit numerals with their leading zeros in the single digits are required. Finally, each dial is divided into 144 indices, each corresponding to 5 minutes. The indices are divided into hours, half hours, quarters of an hour and periods of five minutes. Each unit of time is of a different length to make reading the time easier and quicker.
If the design of the dial is not clear for you and you have problems with reading the time, then try to feel like a person trying to ride a bike. It’s also a seemingly complicated activity as it requires body coordination in order to maintain balance, pedal and steer at the same time. If a cyclist forgets about one of these elements, he or she may fall off the bike. Once the technique is mastered, a person can ride a bike without worries. The same is true for MeisterSinger watches. At first, these watches may seem confusing, impractical and imprecise but when you understand that they are just like ordinary watches, only with more markers, you can quickly get used to them and enjoy the slower flow of time.
Since 2001, MeisterSinger has been awarded many prestigious awards. For example, the brand has won the German Design Award five times. This award honours innovative products and their manufacturers for achievements in the design field. Their own MeisterSinger MSA01 calibre is the only watch movement that has received this award. Also, the brand has won the Red Dot Award ten times. All the awards given to the brand included design prizes. That’s not all. MeisterSinger has also won the Chicago Athenaeum's Good Design Award seven times. This prize is believed to be the most prestigious design award in the world. The brand has also been awarded six times by the International Forum Design. It’s noteworthy that every year there are around 5,000 submissions to this competition, so it’s a great sign of appreciation for the work. Which collections of MeisterSinger watches are the most interesting?
People who like unusual watches should definitely consider the MeisterSinger Urban watches. The watches from the MeisterSinger Urban collection are available in two variants: standard and with day-date. This collection offers models with light, black and grey-blue dials as well as various strap colours. Both standard and day-date models are equipped with a Japanese automatic movement.
This day-date watch was created in 2020 and is far from standard day-date models. The day of the month is shown as usual, in a window above the six o’clock index. The days of the week are arranged in a semi-circle between indices 09 and 03 randomly. The white dot in the centre of the dial indicates the day of the week, next to which a celestial body, from which the name of the day of the week derives, is depicted. This may seem a little confusing for you, but once you understand the principle, reading the values becomes intuitive. The watch features a steel case with a diameter of 40mm and is equipped with a Swiss movement Sellita SW 220-1.
The top models in the manufacturer’s offer are Circularis watches. They are available in three different variants: with manual movement, with automatic movement and with a power reserve indicator. Also, they are equipped with proprietary movements that feature a long power reserve (around 120 hours), which is particularly important for those who have an extensive collection of watches. It’s also noteworthy that the movement in the Circularis watches has won the German Design Award. The mechanism in these watches can be seen through the transparent case back. The simplest watches with manual movement show only time. In turn, automatic watches also display the day of the month. The most expensive models are manual movements that, in addition to time display, also show the day of the month and power reserve. The Circularis collection includes luxury watches whose 43 mm case is additionally polished. The customers can choose from alligator leather straps, calfskin straps and mesh bracelets.
MeisterSinger offers unique watches that allow you to read the time in a relaxed manner. Although single-hand watches can’t slow down the time, they give the impression that hours are longer than actual hours.