MeisterSinger, the German brand created in 2001, has been mostly known for its poetical use of a single hand to display the time in a rather slow way, with a single hand. Based on this concept, the brand has developed an entire collection, adding complications such as a date or day-date, oversized moon phases or even a striking mechanism recently. In this instance, one of the most appealing watches released by the brand, and one that doesn’t really makes sense at first sight (but who cares, it looks really cool), is the Astroscope. After a classic black inaugural model and a bold 20th-anniversary edition, the brand now releases the MeisterSinger Astroscope Special Edition Blue/Yellow.
The MeisterSinger Astroscope is a watch that needs a bit of explanation first, to really get the whole concept behind it. What’s easy to understand is the typically-MeisterSinger central hand that displays the time. Making a full rotation around the dial in 12 hours, it will give an indication of the time to the closest 5 minutes, which is more than enough in most cases and will teach you to live a bit slower, with a slightly different philosophy. The rest of the dial, with a combination of dots and celestial bodies printed in white, actually is a pretty special way to display a simple complication, the day of the week… But once again, MeisterSinger prefers to do things its own way.
For that, it uses seven celestial bodies to relay the days of the week – Monday, the Moon ☽ – Tuesday, Mars ♂ – Wednesday, Mercury ☿ – Thursday, Jupiter ♃ – Friday, Venus ♀ – Saturday, Saturn ♄ – Sunday, the Sun ☉. And to make things even more special, the apertures are not aligned in order. They actually wander back and forth on the dial, with a white dot that indicates the current day of the week. But the mechanics underneath are relatively simple, with a large weekday disk with a number of white dots that moves one step further from one day to the next, always moving in a circle. It’s just that the dots are cleverly positioned. In addition to the day-of-the-week, the MeisterSinger Astroscope also indicates the date with a classic window at 6 o’clock.
For 2022, the Astroscope comes in a new limited edition of 100 pieces, which is said by the brand to be “reminiscent of a mild evening sky that appears after a sunny day.” For that, the sunray-brushed dial is executed in a bright, vivid blue colour, the hour markers and astronomical symbols are designed in luminous yellow and the central hand, also luminous, is rendered in white. Completing this bold, colourful look is a yellow saddle leather strap.
For the rest, this limited edition MeisterSinger Astroscope is identical to the classic version, with a 40.5mm case made of polished stainless steel. Inside is a Sellita SW220, which has been modified with a specific day disc. The see-through caseback reveals the movement decorated with a newly-designed winding rotor that mimics the brand’s logo.
The MeisterSinger Astroscope Special Edition Blue/Yellow will be available from mid-March 2022 in a limited run of 100 watches, priced at EUR 2,190. For more details, please visit www.meistersinger.com.