Back in 2018, during the Basel watch fair, MeisterSinger launched its first “astronomical” watch, the Lunascope. On top of the signature single-hand display, the brand elegantly added a moon phase complication, benefiting from the available space left on the dial by this minimalistic display to oversize the moon. After two inaugural models, the MeisterSinger Lunascope comes back in a new, rather romantic “Golden Moon” Edition.
Famed for pioneering the single-hand watch trend since 2001, and staying true to this motto on the entire range of watches that this brand offers (that’s proper consistency), MeisterSinger nevertheless understood that this “mono-aiguille” display was an open door to implement playful complications. Think jumping hours, concentric day-date, and more recently, a moon phase. And while this could be seen as a direct contradiction to the brand’s usual minimalist aesthetic, the implementation of an astronomical complication in this context felt more than appropriate.
The beauty of these single-hand watches by MeisterSinger lies in the “slow approach” of the time. Time is read to the closest 5-minute, without a seconds hand beating at a high frequency, without necessarily showing the time in the most accurate way. The movement might be precise, the time displayed becomes however less crucial, less necessary. With this in mind, the association with a moon phase indication becomes even more obvious, knowing the romantic, poetic feeling of this display.
The MeisterSinger Lunascope relies on its minimalistic dial to play with volumes. With much space available on the dial, the brand chose to have one oversized moon phase placed in the upper half of the watch. The moon also looks almost as realistic as it does in a planetarium. Two slow indications for an elegant, peaceful watch.
For this Lunascope, MeisterSinger, however, had to develop its own moon module to be placed on top of a robust automatic ETA movement. The skillfully constructed module allows the moon to be highly precise, as it only requires a minor correction after 128 years (and not 3 years, like most of the “entry level” moon watches). The movement is visible through a sapphire crystal, with classic yet clean decoration.
This year, the brand introduces a new version, named “Golden Moon”. Based on the blue model introduced in 2018, the MeisterSinger Lunascope gets a slightly more luxurious touch with a moon coloured in gold, with matching gold-plated applied hour markers. The date is also circled by a golden metallic ring. This gives a nice contrast over the dark blue, sunburst dial.
The MeisterSinger Lunascope “Golden Moon” comes in a polished stainless steel case that measures 40mm in diameter and is water resistant to 50 meters. It is worn on a cognac-coloured calfskin strap with steel pin buckle – multiple other straps can be ordered from the brand.
This new “Golden Moon” edition of the Lunascope is now available at retailers (June 2019) and will be priced at EUR 2,990 (incl. VAT). More details at www.meistersinger.com.