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    A Guide to All of MeisterSinger

    A Guide to All of MeisterSinger

    MeisterSinger is a German watch brand that is known for one thing above all else: its obsession with using a single hand to tell time, a design decision that is embodied in nearly every watch they make. Join us as we go through every single collection and model that MeisterSinger currently makes, and remember that you can click on any of the links below to see all of the individual watches in the collection, including prices.


    CIRCULARIS


    Circularis is the contemporary heart of MeisterSinger. It combines the extreme minimalism that is synonymous with MeisterSinger with unique movements and a variety of sunburst dials.

    Circularis




    The Circularis collection begins with, fittingly enough, the Circularis models. These feature MeisterSingerís MSH01 in-house hand-wound movement, which, in addition to being quite beautiful, has a very impressive 120 hour power reserve. Each are 43mm, and theyíre the only Circularis models with no complications, so if you want the most minimalist Circularis watch possible, this is it.


    Circularis Automatic




    The Circularis Automatic collection, it may surprise you to learn, is similar to Circularis but automatic. They still feature in-house movements, though, this time the MSA01, and all feature a subtle 6:00 date complication, making for one of the most practical daily drivers that MeisterSinger makes. Like their no-date brethren, these are good for 120 hours of power reserve, but they are about a millimeter thicker to make room for the rotor.


    Circularis Power Reserve




    Finally, we take a look at the Circularis Power Reserve, one of the most complex watches MeisterSinger makes. It combines a date at 3:00 with a power reserve at 9:00, showing off that amazing 120 hour power reserve. Like the other Circularises, it has an in-house movement, this time the MSH02, but because itís hand-wound, itís 12.5mm thick, the same as the no-date Circularis and a millimeter thinner than the Circularis Automatic. Iím especially fond of the CCP301, one of my favorite MeisterSingers in general.


    CLASSIC


    The classic line, as you might suspect, holds MeisterSingerís dressiest watches. All have elegantly simple dials, and most lack even a date complication, so the Classic line is your go-to for elegance.


    Vintago




    The Vintago line takes its cues from the watches of the 1960s, featuring four desaturated matte dials that will certainly fly under the radar for any formal event. Itís one of the only Classic models with a date complication, and it does so with a relatively unusual expanded window. The 38mm size is right too, as well as its 10.15mm thickness. All feature the SW200-1 automatic. I favor the blue VT908, myself.


    Pangaea Date




    The Pangaea Date is one of the few other models in the Classic line with a date. These are slightly larger than the Vintagos, at 40mm, and a bit thicker as well (but not too thick) at 11.25mm. Their dials are somewhat more vibrant (and one much more vibrant, the PMD908), thanks to a slight sunburst quality.


    Pangaea




    The Pangaea is also available without a date, of course. Theyíre still 40mm, but are even thinner at 10.1mm, thanks to the 2892-A2 (or SW300-1), a very thin automatic movement.


    No.01




    The No.01 is one of the most austere models in the entire collection. Despite its understated looks, itís also one of the larger models at 43mm. Itís still reasonably thin at 11.5mm, and thatís probably due to the fact that all of these No.01s are hand-wound. Note how the number includes the ď0,Ē not unlike the ordinarily single-digit numbers


    No.01 Ė 40 mm




    If you like the No.01 but wish it were a little smaller, thereís the aptly-named No.01 Ė 40 mm. I actually like the blue dial (DM317) in this collection more than in the original No.01.


    No.02




    If, conversely, you liked the No.01 but wished it used a Unitas movement instead of an SW 210, thereís the No.02. Itís also 43mm in diameter but a little thicker at 12.6mm. Unlike Numbers 01 and 03, you can only get the 02 in 43mm, owing, no doubt, to the large movement.


    No.03




    The No.03 adds an automatic movement to the collection, but keeps the size (43mm) and even the thickness (11.5mm) under control.


    No.03 Ė 40 mm




    Last for the Classics collection, we look at the No.03 Ė 40 mm, which is basically another version of the automatic No.03 at a smaller, more versatile 40mm size. Itís a little more than just that, however, since it also has a date, making for a very everyday friendly model.


    CLASSIC PLUS


    Classic Plus is, well, the Classic line plus an additional cool complication. These are the most exotic-looking MeisterSingers of all, not always because they have strange complications, but rather they have interesting ways of implementing them, given the brandís famous dislike of hands. The lone exception to this is the relatively simple, yet sporty, Metris.


    Metris




    And thatís precisely where weíll start. The tag line for Metris is ďa single-hand watch like your favorite jeans,Ē a quote that I suppose references the denim-like straps they come with. Regardless, I think the 38mm angular cases on these watches are really cool, and the Metris has become probably my favorite MeisterSinger sports watch, particularly the silver-dialed ME901. Each is powered by a 2824-2 automatic movement.


    Lunascope




    The Lunascopes (there are only two of them at the moment) are quite beautiful, with an absurdly over-sized moon phase complication. On a more practical level, they also both feature a date at 6:00 and are automatic. Despite the enormous moon phase disk, the size is quite reasonable at 40mm.


    Perigraph




    The Perigraph line is very cool, and as you can see, the real distinguishing feature of this 43mm watch is the rotating date ring inside. It gives the dial a lot more depth and character and creates a unique look. I particularly like the AM10070R.


    Pangaea Day Date




    If you thought the Perigraph was cool, check out the Pangaea Day Date, which adds a day ring to the mix, making for a truly interesting implementation of the classic day-date complication. Surprisingly, these are a bit smaller and thinner than the Perigraph, at 40mm and just 10.5mm thick. Iím quite fond of the PDD901, which reminds me a lot of the Weltzeit, one of my favorite Nomoses.


    Adhaesio




    Adhaesio still uses two rotating rings on the dial, but while one is used for the date, the other is used for a second time zone. In fact, MeisterSinger claims that this was the first single-hand watch with a second time zone ever made. Both are 43mm and use automatic movements.


    Salthora Meta




    The Salthora Meta (and other Salthoras, to be discussed later) are among the most interesting MeisterSingers of all. These are relatively sporty models, with a 43mm size to match, but what makes them so interesting is their MeisterSinger module that adds a jumping hour complication. The number youíre seeing above is not a date, but rather, the hour, so while it remains faithfully one-handed, you have a more conventional minutes hand than in most MeisterSingers. Personally, I really like the SAM907, the black model with red accents.


    Salthora Meta Transparent




    The Salthora Meta Transparent is like the Salthora Meta, but with the center of the dial removed. With this version you can see the jumping hour complication in action. Otherwise, itís basically the same as the other Salthora Meta models with its 43mm case.


    Salthora Meta X




    Next we look at MeisterSingerís only dive watch, the Salthora Meta X. Like the other Salthoras, it has a jumping hour complication, but it adds a unidirectional bezel and has four times the water resistance. Iím rather fond of the black and red SAMX902 and the blue SAMX908 myself.


    Singulator




    Lastly, we look at the Singulator, MeisterSingerís regulator models. MeisterSinger is very much a natural fit for a regulator style watch, a design that separates minute, hour and seconds hands from one another. Both of these are 43mm watches and have hand-winding movements based on the Unitas 6498-1.


    Form and Style


    The Form and Style collection tends to have the most affordable MeisterSingers, and also the most casual.


    Urban




    The Urban collection claims that itís the ďideal companion for urban lifestyles.Ē Well, not being from the big city myself, I suppose I canít opine on that, but these are nice 40mm casual pieces with a touch of industrial design about them. These are also one of the only watches from MeisterSinger that feature Miyota (Citizenís movement division) movements. I particularly like the UR902.


    Urban Day Date




    The Urban Day Date, obviously, adds a day-date complication to the Urbanís design, but the aesthetic impact is significant. Thatís because the complication is very high-contrast, particularly on the URDD902 and URDD908 models. Like the Urban, itís 40mm and powered by a Miyota movement.


    Phanero




    The Phanero line is designed for smaller wrists, which is why each is 35mm. Several of the models also feature mother of pearl dials, a rare feature in MeisterSingerís lineup. Theyíre all powered by SW-210 hand-wound movements, which helps them remain super thin at 7.5mm.


    Neo




    The Neo line takes its design cues from the watches of the í50s, and thus they tend to be quite understated. The size is appropriate for the era as well, at 36mm itís only slightly larger than a Phanero. Unlike the Phanero, however, the Neo has an automatic movement.


    Neo Plus




    The Neo Plus is basically a larger Neo, now 40mm. They donít get any thicker, however, both models being 9.7mm.


    Neo Q




    Finally, we reach the Neo Q. The Q stands for quartz, and all five models are powered by ETA quartz movements. Each are modestly sized at 36mm, and quite thin at 9mm. I particularly like the bold white NQ901N.


    Cross Line


    The Cross Line is the family of watches that uses different colors and materials for their cases.


    Black Line




    The Black Line, like the Bronze Line, is something of a greatest hits collection of contemporary MeisterSinger watches, remastered in black-coated cases. It includes pieces from Circularis, No.03, Perigraph, Salthora Meta, and Metris.


    Bronze Line




    Itís a similar story with the Bronze Line, although their bronze appearance is a result of bronze cases rather than a coating. The collection is considerably smaller too, including models from the Metris, No.03, and Perigraph models exclusively, at least so far. The blue complements the bronze cases perfectly.

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    Wow, great write up! Iíve been casually looking at these recently, but didnít know about the 36mm models. Iíll be coming down your way later this year; I will try to pop in!

    The Phanero in particular has my attention. What a nice idea for a vacation watch. Itís like a step beyond no seconds hand or date.

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    Saw the bronze yesterday. Fantastic looking.
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    Can’t help but feel I ought to own one as it would really suit my “ish” style of time telling.

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    Great info. Excellent pictures and references.

    Love the blue dialed ones.
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    Great write up. I just got their catalogue in the mail and spent some time ogling their current lines. They have a really well-established design language and it produces a strong and elegant aesthetic in their watches. I like when a company does one thing and does it well.
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    Re: A Guide to All of MeisterSinger

    Another superb review. Well done.

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    I was really into them a few years ago and got close to getting the No. 2 (43mm was still in fashion and the superior movement was worth the premium over the No. 1). Now that there are 40mm models, I might go back into browsing mode. The moonphase is really cool!
    Thanks for the cataloging - quite a task! They might need to streamline their offerings.
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    Re: A Guide to All of MeisterSinger

    An excellent write up and review of the MeisterSinger brand. I thourghly enjoyed reading your introductory overview of the different models currently being offered by MeisterSinger. Two models that particularly caught my attention were the Pangaea Day Date line and the Lunascope line.

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    Re: A Guide to All of MeisterSinger

    Quote Originally Posted by 41Mets View Post
    Saw the bronze yesterday. Fantastic looking.
    Yeah, super cool. I love that particular case shape too, probably my favorite case in the whole line.


    Quote Originally Posted by NC_Hager626 View Post
    An excellent write up and review of the MeisterSinger brand. I thourghly enjoyed reading your introductory overview of the different models currently being offered by MeisterSinger. Two models that particularly caught my attention were the Pangaea Day Date line and the Lunascope line.
    I'm very fond of the Lunascope as well. There's something about the enormous moon phase complication that is so striking against an otherwise ultra-clean design.


    Quote Originally Posted by MediumRB View Post
    I was really into them a few years ago and got close to getting the No. 2 (43mm was still in fashion and the superior movement was worth the premium over the No. 1). Now that there are 40mm models, I might go back into browsing mode. The moonphase is really cool!
    Thanks for the cataloging - quite a task! They might need to streamline their offerings.
    It is remarkable the amount of diversity that can be achieved when restricted to using a single hand across almost the entire lineup. I always like writing these guides because, as familiar as I think I am with a brand, I always discover that there are models that I was overlooking along the way. That said, I tend to agree, I like very clear differentiation between lines and that's a bit tricky here. There's a lot of overlap and I had to do a bit of conceptual homework to understand how the broader families fit together.


    Quote Originally Posted by TwentiethCenturyFox View Post
    Another superb review. Well done.
    Thanks! I really appreciate that.


    Quote Originally Posted by OnyxNight View Post
    Great write up. I just got their catalogue in the mail and spent some time ogling their current lines. They have a really well-established design language and it produces a strong and elegant aesthetic in their watches. I like when a company does one thing and does it well.
    Totally agree--I love it when brands are willing to commit to a particular vision. Nomos and GS are brands that have a very distinctive idea of what they want to be and for the most part they really adhere to that, which is commendable. The temptation to produce stuff all over the place for broad appeal is very real for these companies, but I think MeisterSinger, perhaps more than anyone else, has stayed very close to its aesthetic foundations.


    Quote Originally Posted by Nokie View Post
    Great info. Excellent pictures and references.

    Love the blue dialed ones.
    Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by sticky View Post
    Canít help but feel I ought to own one as it would really suit my ďishĒ style of time telling.
    As someone once told me, loving mechanical watches was not about what time it is, but about what time is it. A no-date MeisterSinger may be the easiest to set mechanical watch out there.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sir-Guy View Post
    Wow, great write up! Iíve been casually looking at these recently, but didnít know about the 36mm models. Iíll be coming down your way later this year; I will try to pop in!

    The Phanero in particular has my attention. What a nice idea for a vacation watch. Itís like a step beyond no seconds hand or date.

    It'd be great to have you come by! Watches are so much more appealing in real life than they are in photos, particularly stock photos. Plus I'm sure that we have a few other brands that might be worth a glance too.
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