Hearkening back to the days of single-hand tower clocks of the Middle Ages, MeisterSinger has carved a very successful niche for its single-handed watches. Based in Münster, Germany, the idea behind Manfred Brassler’s brand was to offer an alternative to hyper-precision time consultations with a more approximative and relaxed approach to telling the time. The latest model, the MeisterSinger Edition Primatik 365, comes with more than just one hand to tell the time and features a power reserve indicator on the dial and a date window. Playing the vintage pocket watch card, like the Pangea 365 we covered this summer, the Primatik 365 comes in a large 41.5mm case with a glossy white dial and a vintage typeface.
Reading the Time
Mastering how to read time with one hand is a cinch. Every index placed between the hour markers represents five minutes. So, if the single hand is pointing to the fifth index between 10 and 11 o’clock, the time is 10:25. To assist legibility, the indices representing half and quarter hours are longer and thicker than the rest. The charm of MeisterSinger watches is that readings like 10:27 just don’t exist.
Pocket Watch Inspiration
The MeisterSinger Edition Primatik 365, a limited edition of 100 pieces, represents the more classical face of the brand and, as we mentioned, is inspired by the aesthetics of vintage pocket watches. One of the larger case sizes at MeisterSinger, the 41.5mm stainless steel case has a height of 1.5mm and is polished throughout. The crown at 3 o’clock is generously proportioned (suitable for large hands), and the date can be set with the quick-switch function.
Capturing the glossy enamel dials of antique pocket watches, the white dial is polished and then printed with delicate and well-balanced black, blue and red markings. The hour indices are highlighted in red and accompanied by a double-digit numeral in blue. All MeisterSinger dials add a 0 to single-digit numerals (01, 02, 03, etc.) to create more balance. Here, the half-hour marker is blue and the quarter-hour black, and there is a second 24-hour track on the periphery. Being a single-handed watch, the central hand is particularly long, almost spanning the entire dial, and has an arrow tip that lands neatly on the minute track.
The signature circular date window with a white background and blue numerals at 3 o’clock is balanced on the right with the inscription Edition Primatik in blue cursive font. (Although the press release describes the font as ‘fine serif’, it is, in fact, English 111 Vivace.) The brand name, at noon, is also printed in English 111 Vivace font in black with the upside-down fermata/pause logo. Picked out in red and blue, the power reserve indicator arches gracefully in the bottom half of the dial and uses a black arrow-tipped hand with a black central dot and a black round counterweight.
A mineral glass on the caseback reveals the outsourced Sellita SW270-1 calibre with automatic winding and a relatively short power reserve of 38 hours. The watch comes with a black leather strap with a crocodile print and a double-folding clasp.
Availability & Price
The MeisterSinger Edition Primatik 365 is a limited edition of 100 pieces and is now available from retailers. The price is EUR 2,290. For more information, please visit meistersinger.com.