Meistersinger Watch Marks 60 Years Of The Queen’s Coronation

Meistersinger Watch Marks 60 Years Of The Queen’s Coronation

Meistersinger Watch Marks 60 Years Of The Queens Coronation   watch releases

For the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s coronation this year, Meistersinger will release a limited edition single hand watch based on the clock at Westminster Abbey in London.

Now before I carry on, I believe that I need to make some clarifications for you, our international audience.

Say the words “London” and “Clock” and what comes to mind to most people is surely Big Ben. That is the name used by many people to describe the most famous and very well photographed clock tower in London. Though "Big Ben" is actually the bell inside of the tower. Any movie that wants to establish location in the UK will almost always use Big Ben in the background. In fact, if you have been to London, this will probably be on your list of places to visit. This works much the same say, as if you were to go to Paris, with the Eiffel Tower, or New York, with the Statue of Liberty.

So, this new Meistersinger watch that is based on a clock in London is not based on Big Ben. Instead, the basis for the design of the dial of this watch is on one of the clocks on the north western tower of  Westminster Abbey.

Meistersinger Watch Marks 60 Years Of The Queens Coronation   watch releases

Don't know which is which?

Well, say you're in London standing across the road looking at the west face of Big Ben. Just take a walk up along the street, away from the river and you will see Westminster Abbey, a bit of a distance behind Big Ben. It is the large Gothic cathedral there, recognizable by the flying buttresses like the ones on the Notre Dame in Paris. Walk towards the cathedral, then along its perimeter, until you come to the main entrance. At the two towers of the entrance, you will find the clock you will be looking for. It is the one on the left.

Meistersinger Watch Marks 60 Years Of The Queens Coronation   watch releases

Now, Westminster Abbey may not have the kind of worldwide recognition that Big Ben has, but it is significant all the same. In fact, it is likely that you would have seen it before on TV but didn’t know it. It has been the site of many significant events of the British Monarchy, Coronations, Royal Weddings, State Funerals to name a few. In fact, if you remember the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year, that took place at Westminster Abbey.

This limited edition watch was created to celebrate the British Queen’s coronation in 1953. Inside you’ll find the ubiquitous hand wound Unitas movement with a sapphire case back, and everything else much like you’d expect from a standard Meistersinger.

It is only on the dial-side that you will see the main differences. The dial is a regal purple with gold markers and a single hand that is like no other single hand I have seen on a watch.

Do note that this watch is only for the UK market, and is limited to 60 pieces only. Price is an appropriate, as some might say at 1,953 GBP. meistersinger.net

7 comments
SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

A very nice representation. The suggestions/comments below are valid for the most part, but it is obvious that priority #1 was being as accurate to the clock itself, and in that regard I think this is well done.

I'm enjoying the strap pairing as well: black would have been the easy answer, this combo has a lot for character to it.

wvavin
wvavin

A very beautiful dial indeed. However, my take would be only the dial and replaces the hands to the conventional 2 or 3 hand watch and probably makes this a version for the mass market. This would be great.

TimelyOne
TimelyOne

I like it! I agree the center should be true to the original and recessed like the clock. I find the more I look at it, the easier it is to judge the time with reasonable accuracy. I wish they would give one of these away. I see appreciating future classic written all over this piece.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

It's an attractive watch but i'd have preferred a two-hander - a fair comromise.  One-handers already require finely spaced indices to get anywhere close to an accurate time reading, and this watch has none at all.

Mister_w
Mister_w

Shall I be the first to point out that Big Ben is the name of the bell, not the tower. The tower was until recently just called the clock tower but to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee it was renamed the Elizabeth Tower.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

Looks more like a compass with the long extension on the back of the hand I like the idea of the single hand watch but this one looks like it will be very difficult to read at a glance a bit more of a 3d look on the dial would have made it look more interesting and the difference in color between the actual watch and the cgi picture is disappointing

Give it a minute repeater would make it more clock like

antjay
antjay

@Mister_w you will hardly be the first , the author mentioned it in the article.