German watchmaker MeisterSinger is mainly known for its rather unique take on the single-handed watch, a display common across all its watches. Additionally, most of the watches made by the brand are quite accessible, but from time to time, there’s something more high-end on offer. Think about the surprising Bell Hora and its hour-strike complication. Today, it’s about craftsmanship, with an exclusive watch that relies on traditional skills: meet the new Meistersinger Singularis Enamel edition.
The Singularis is relatively recent and forms the second generation of top-of-the-range MeisterSinger watches. As the successor of the Circularis, it houses a powerful and nicely shaped proprietary movement with a 5-day power reserve, bringing the single-hand display into an entirely different category. In its classic version, the Singularis is a 43mm stainless steel automatic watch available exclusively with a blue sunray-brushed dial. Compared to previous generation high-end models, it has a newly shaped case with a more pronounced stepped bezel, a screwed back and a revised dial with an inner flange.
Today, the Singularis goes even more high-end and more classic by switching its automatic movement for a manual one and by replacing its blue dial with an ivory-coloured one… and it’s made of genuine, oven-fired enamel (not what some call cold enamel, a synthetic resin mixed with pigments that solidifies without heating). The look is that of yesteryears pocket watches, with a large dial adorned with very thin printings, old-school styled numerals and the brand logo in cursive font. Time is read by a heat-blued steel needle hand.
The dial of this MeisterSinger Singularis Enamel, as you’ve guessed by the name, is traditional émail. It uses a complex and traditional method: grounding the raw material (glass-forming silicates and oxides) into a fine powder in a mortar. The enamel dust is then applied to the prepared copper dial using a fine screen. The dial is initially fired at around 800°C in a special furnace and then needs to cool down slowly. After cooling, the dial is dried and cleaned, and the process is repeated a second and a third time. The reverse side also needs to be similarly treated and fired several times.
Under the sapphire caseback is the brand’s calibre MSH01, in its hand-wound version. This double-barrel movement delivers its energy for 120 hours and beats at a modern 4Hz frequency. It is also nicely designed with curved bridges and circular Geneva stripes.
The Meistersinger Singularis Enamel is worn on a leather strap with crocodile printing (a nice, well-made calfskin strap would look better and more qualitative…) and is released in a limited edition of 20 pieces. It is priced at EUR 6,490. For more details, please visit www.meistersinger.com.