MeisterSinger, the renowned German watchmaker celebrated for its mastery of single-handed time reading, oddly did not offer watches with one of the most romantic complications until recently – the moon phase indication. However, in 2018, MeisterSinger introduced the Lunascope, followed by another new model in 2021, the Stratoscope, featuring a captivating oversized moon phase display. The latest Stratoscope, like its predecessor, distinguishes itself with a luminous moon of remarkable size, now presented in a mesmerizing golden-yellow hue.
The Stratoscope timepieces come in a substantial 43mm stainless steel case adorned with satin-brushed and polished finishes, accentuating their stylish design. The generously sized crown features an embossed MeisterSinger logo. Thanks to its gracefully curved lugs, the watch comfortably hugs the wrist, securely fastened with a brown saddle leather strap sporting a double folding clasp in steel. For those who prefer it, a bracelet is also available. The jet-black dial gradually transitions to a striking blue in its lower half. The moon phase display at 12 o’clock commands attention with its immense golden moon, radiating a luminous glow in the dark alongside the needle-shaped hand and hour markers.
The moon disc faithfully replicates the lunar surface, offering a truly captivating spectacle, particularly when the surrounding lights are dim. Interestingly, the moon’s actual colour is more off-white brown-grey when illuminated by the sun on its dusty surface. However, Earth’s atmosphere alters our perception of the moon, transforming its colours and shape. The moon appears in varied colours when viewed or photographed through the stratified and irregular layers of Earth’s atmospheric blanket. For added fun, consider exploring the lunar variations captured by Italian photographer Marcella Giulia Pace over ten years and compare them with your moon-viewing experiences.
It’s entertaining to acquaint yourself with MeisterSinger’s concept of a single hand gracefully sweeping over the 12 hours, divided into 144 markers, each representing 5 minutes. The Stratoscope’s dial includes a date indication at 6 o’clock, displayed on a blue disc, harmonizing with this dial segment and visible through the round aperture. The hours are denoted in classic MeisterSinger style, utilizing two digits and golden indices.
The various phases of the moon are depicted with remarkable precision. The MeisterSinger Stratoscope, once correctly set and assuming continuous operation, only necessitates a modification of one day every 128 years. MeisterSinger outfitted the automatic Sellita SW 220-1 with a MeisterSinger moon phase module to achieve this remarkable precision. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and providing a power reserve of 38 hours, the movement and its rotor engraved with the brand’s logo can be admired through the screw-down exhibition case back. The retail price is set at EUR 4,390.
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