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A Vintage Take on the MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date 365

The new serial version of the Pangaea Day Date 365 takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

| By Rebecca Doulton | 3 min read |

Taking its inspiration from yesteryear’s rudimentary tower and table clocks, MeisterSinger has built a solid brand around a rather unusual premise: all its watches are equipped with a  single hand. Although a single hand might be equated with simple watches, MeisterSinger defies expectations and has escalated the complications ladder with everything from calendar indications to moon phases and even a chiming watch, incarnated by the Bel Hora. The latest model to expand the brand’s rich repertoire is a Pangaea Day Date. First released in 2023 in a loud bumblebee black-and-yellow limited edition, the newest Pangaea Day Date 365 dons a far more classical suit, marking the first MeisterSinger model with a historical style to be produced in series.

The ‘365’ suffix on the new Pangaea Day Date has appeared on previous models, displaying an overtly vintage flair. We’ve seen the Pangaea 365 time-only variation and the Primatik 365 with their elegant pocket-watch-inspired features like large onion crowns, glossy enamel dials and cursive inscriptions, like the decorative flourishes of the Bel Hora Enamel.

Previous 365 editions by MeisterSinger

The case shares identical specs to the former edition with a diameter of 40mm, a thickness of 10.5mm and a large onion crown. However, unlike the earlier edition, the case is polished for a more elegant presence. Where things change radically, however, can be appreciated on the dial that exudes nostalgia.

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Despite the considerable amount of information relayed on the dial, the layout is surprisingly intuitive and is arranged on three rings that diminish in size as they reach the centre. Starting with the outermost chapter ring, displaying the full, half, quarter-hour and five-minute intervals, the second ring displays the date, and the third indicates the day of the week.

To infuse the dial with a historical spirit, MeisterSinger works with Lukas Schneider, a specialised typeface designer who customises fonts for the brand. An elegant cursive typeface is used for the inscriptions on the dial, while the black numerals are picked out in a typeface that evokes the hand-painted numerals on historical pocket watches. As our readers know, most MeisterSinger dials display single-digit numerals accompanied by a 0 (01, 02, 03, etc.) to create more balance.

Sparingly used but to great effect, there are small red dots on the peripheral chapter ring marking the five-minute segments, two red rectangular indicators aligned at noon indicating the date and the day of the week, and the number ‘365’ picked out in cursive letters is also red.

Another signature MeisterSinger feature is the elegant extra-long central hand with its overhang, like those found on historical pocket watches. The single hand has a solid black circle in its centre, flanked by two round counterweights and a sharp arrow-shaped head that alights perfectly on the peripheral minutes track.

The sapphire crystal caseback reveals the Sellita SW200 automatic. This movement indicates the hours and minutes through its central hand but also the day and date on two rotating discs. Both are set through the first position of the pull-out crown. Running at a rate of 28,800vph, it delivers a modest 38-hour power reserve. The central rotor is customised with the MeisterSinger signature and logo.

Availability & Price

The Pangaea Day Date 365 comes with a handsome cognac-coloured leather strap with a crocodile print. As mentioned, it is not a limited edition and will be produced serially and available during the first quarter of 2024. The price is to be confirmed but should be in the same range as the classic versions, around EUR 2,500.

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