MeisterSinger stands out from the crowded watch scene with its unique identity. Before the invention of the minute hand, early mechanical clocks showed only hours… And just like these, the German brand produces single-hand mechanical timepieces. The latest watch in the collection sticks to this “mono-aiguille” display and adds some useful calendar indications. Meet the new versions of the MeisterSinger Pangaea Day-Date.
MeisterSinger clearly defines itself thanks to this rare take on time-reading, with one single hand to display the current time. The single hand approach is ideal for those who want to keep track of time but who aren’t obsessed by seconds. Nonetheless, time can be read easily by 5-minute increments thanks to their no-frills design.
Introduced in 2013, the Pangaea Day-Date is one of the brand’s most successful models. As its name indicates, it features some calendar indications, here the date and the day of the week, to the signature MeisterSinger single-hand display. These are not presented traditionally via a small cut-out in the dial. Instead, the two corresponding discs are on full display. The day-date complication can be read at a glance thanks to the arrow-shaped indicator at 12 o’clock.
Up until now, the day-date discs featured the same colour scheme as the rest of the dial. Meistersinger now plays with contrasting colours, thus structuring and clarifying the display. Somehow, it reinforces the impression of an old measurement instrument (such as a speedometer or a gauge). The clean typography is paired with a red-tipped hand, which is a nice and practical touch.
For the first of these new MeisterSinger Pangaea Day-Date models, the outer part of the dial and the day-date rings are matte black. The centre of the dial and the part featuring the hour numerals come with a blue sunray finish. The second model offers even more contrast with a handsome sunray-blue/sand-grey colour combo.
The brushed stainless steel case features an ultra-thin bezel and short dynamic lugs. Measuring 40mm in diameter, it will sit comfortably on most wrists. The well-proportioned fluted crown allows for easy operations. Turning the watch over, the exhibition caseback is closed by six screws. It allows a view of the automatic workhorse ticking inside, an ETA 2836 or its Sellita clone, the SW 220-1. Being the day-date version of the tried-and-tested ETA 2824, it runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a 38-hour power reserve.
The 2019 Meistersinger Pangaea Day-Date is worn on either a dark brown or cognac Cordovan leather strap. It is secured to the wrist by a steel pin buckle. The watch retails for EUR 2,250 and will soon be available at retailers. For more information, you can visit www.meistersinger.com.