The brand who has become synonymous with single handed watches, Meistersinger, had a great variety to view at this years Baselworld. With a wide variety of sizes, movements and colors, the brand is really making a mark for itself in the industry.
The new line named Phanero gets its name from the ancient Greek word “phanerós”, meaning visible. The focus of this particular model is on size, being only 35mm wide and 7.5mm thick. Even the case design for the Phanero is very different from other models of Meistersinger, with a slightly less rounded case design. Sharper faceted lugs and a more layered case side gives a different appearance, even though it is easily recognizable as a Meistersinger due to its single hand display of time.
The movement utilized is the base Sellita SW210-1, decorated and modified by Meistersinger. This hand wound movement has a rate of 28,800 bph and a power reserve of 42 hours. Surprisingly, this is not a movement you see too frequently, but works great and fits perfectly for this collection. The line of Phanero will come in several colors including the gray with red numerals, gray with rose gold numerals, ivory, sunburst blue, and their newly popular Rensing-Green.
The story of Rensing-Green came about in discussion and was adopted to the Meistersinger brand thanks to Nico Rensing, Meistersingers Director of Logistics, who handles order transactions and export. The story was explained to me by Daniel Witzke, Marketing Manager. Basically, Nico wanted to see a green color in Meistersinger. Something similar to that of “Racing Green”. Obviously, they wished to make it their own and did so making it deeper and more vibrant, similar to their sunburst blue color. The Rensing-Green was born and named after its creator, Nico, in 2015 and since has become incredibly popular and can now be found throughout the brands line up.
The biggest innovation from Meistersinger this year was in the addition of a new caliber, the Circularis Automatic. The hand-wound version that actually won a Red-Dot Design Award (yes, the movement itself won the award), now has a counterpart that winds on its own. The MSA01, the self-winding version of the hand-winding MSH01, maintains the similar design with dual barrels to power the watch 5 days, rate of 28,800 bph and retains its 43mm case size.
The rotor of the MSH01 is skeletonized in the fashion of the Meistersinger logo and finished in a circular pattern. The movement has 29 jewels and adds a new feature to the Circularis, a date. The new offerings for the Meistersinger Circularis Automatic will include 5 styles. Two will have sunburst blue dials, one of which has a golden bezel, a sunburst anthracite, an ivory, and the new sunburst bordeaux.
Two new additions of gray have been added to the Meistersinger line up of watches with complication. First is their Singulator model, which is their take on a regulator function, with sunburst anthracite dial. The Singulator displays time as most Meistersinger, where the hour hand (centralized) reads in 5 minute increments. This model actually includes a minutes hand at the sub dial at 12:00, as to easily show the single minutes. The sub dial at 6:00 indicates the seconds.
The movement is based on Unitas 6498-1, but with quite a few modifications, and has 17 jewels, 18,000 bph a swan neck fine adjustment and striping decoration. These are cased in 43mm stainless steel cases and is being featured on their milanese bracelet (though other strap options are certainly available). The dial is stunning in this color, and with orange accents for the hands, pops and is very easy to see.
The other gray model of function introduced was the Paleograph in gray. This single pusher chronograph is based on a movement from Unitas, the 6497-1. Obviously, many changes had to be made in order to turn this into a column wheel chronograph and Meistersinger did an excellent job of this. The dials color is labeled as sunburst anthracite, though it is definitely lighter in tone than the Singulator. The sub dials display are black with red hands and read chronograph minutes at 3:00, with continuous seconds at 9:00. The centralized seconds hand is for the chronograph, and your single center white hand displays time measured in 5 minute increments.
The movement labeled the MSYN13 is, as I mentioned, not “out of the box” by any means. The single pusher to start and stop the chronograph lies within the crown and will also reset if pushed a third time. The use of a column wheel allows for precise functionality and creates an assertive feel, that is easily distinguished. The movement has 20 jewels, a rate of 18,000 bph and a power reserve of 46 hours. The case is 43mm wide and fairly thick at 15.6mm due to its movement which is visible through a sapphire crystal case back. It is definitely a beauty.
Finally we come to a model that gives you as much to look at on the front as it does the back. The new Meistersinger Sathora Meta Transparent has an open worked dial, exposing Meistersinger’s mechanism used for the jump hour function. As the minute hand nears the 12:00 marker, you can actually watch the pawl reach and grab the gear, reseting it to the next click (which is what jumps one hour to the next). The movement is based on an ETA 2824 or Sellita SW200 (which are basically the same construction), but then modified with Meistersinger’s jump hour module to uniquely display time. The small portion of the dial that is used on this model is the ever popular sunburst blue, and can be purchased on a variety of strap styles. The case is 43mm wide, 13mm thick, and has a domed sapphire crystal.
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