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MeisterSinger Salthora Meta With Green Dial For Harrods

MeisterSinger Salthora Meta With Green Dial For Harrods Watch Releases

Easily identifiable and differentiable designs are one of the keys to a model’s – or rather, an entire brand’s – success. If a brand can forge a cast-iron USP (unique selling proposition), it’s got a pretty good chance of finding a foothold in the market. For German brand MeisterSinger, their reputation as a “uni-hand” brand has won them many fans. However, with the MeisterSinger Salthora range, we saw an evolution of their design principles, and the latest addition to that collection is the MeisterSinger Salthora Meta watch. The MeisterSinger Salthora Meta is a bit larger than its parent line, but uses an identical design. Along with the release of four core models, a special edition green dial for Harrods of London has been produced. The green dial variant is available from May 1st, 2015, and features an automatic movement listed on MeisterSinger’s official website as an ETA 2824-2/Selita SW 220-1.

MeisterSinger Salthora Meta With Green Dial For Harrods Watch Releases

When it comes to design briefs, MeisterSinger’s was always pretty straightforward: one needle-like hand with a counter-poise, 144 indices on the dial, a balanced dial with double digit markers (01, 02, 03 instead of simply 1, 2, 3, for example), and a domed sapphire crystal. Adhering to these codes outlined by the brand’s creator Manfred Brassler earned MeisterSinger a strong reputation, but such narrow parameters were kind of limiting. Hence the birth of the Salthora range.

MeisterSinger Salthora Meta With Green Dial For Harrods Watch Releases

A single-handed watch is great – it looks like some crazy aviation instrument or archaic measuring device, like a piece of functional history strapped to your wrist – but it means you can’t get too creative without effectively “selling out.” Normally, the only hand on a standard MeisterSinger is the hour hand, which rotates once every 12 hours.

MeisterSinger Salthora Meta With Green Dial For Harrods Watch Releases

Basically, this is just a normal hour hand with no movement-level modification made at all. Its not even a 24 hour dial. It’s just a clean and simple 12 hour indicator. The 144 indices indicate five minute points around the edge of the dial. The needle hand is styled accordingly to make reading such tiny increments possible. With the MeisterSinger Salthora range, however, the principles are cleverly adjusted to harbour a new functional element.

MeisterSinger Salthora Meta With Green Dial For Harrods Watch Releases

Gone is the hour hand entirely. In its place is a minute hand, in the same style as its predecessor. By dropping one hand for another, MeisterSinger can perpetuate the uni-hand branding. But where have the hours gone? At 12 o’clock there is a window, through which a jumping hour disc can be read. The time is displayed in double-digit Arabic numerals on the jumping hour disc, while the minutes are now printed on the dial, still in double-digit format. The domed sapphire glass is also retained, meaning the only one of the four design principles not to survive the Salthora range, is the 144 indices. Instead, we have a much more digestible 60 markers, which are notable for their excellent application and legibility. If you really study the printed markers, you will see that they are actually raised off the dial as opposed to just being flat pad-printed. This adds a nice dimension to a dial that is, by design, very plain.

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MeisterSinger Salthora Meta With Green Dial For Harrods Watch Releases

But it is the details of the MeisterSinger Salthora Meta that reveals its beauty. There is a reason why the company, based in the Westphalian city of Münster, has won 17 design awards since its foundation in 2001. The 43mm case unites the Salthora design with the case size of the original single-handed range. Obviously, the advantage of having a large dial to play with when you’re trying to cram 144 indices onto it are vast, but when releasing the Salthora original, which only featured 60 indices, the designers felt that scaling the case down to 40mm made sense to retain a more familiar ratio.

However, by bringing the MeisterSinger Salthora Meta up to 43mm wide, the designers have afforded themselves a great deal of blank space on the dial, which really enables them to broadcast the humble values of the brand. This is not a name associated with glitz and glamour. MeisterSinger like to do things quietly, with as little fuss and clutter as possible. And does it suffer for it? I don’t think so. In my opinion, it really benefits from the minimalistic design. The single hand is a centrepiece, displayed ever-prouder in a more generous frame. This watch may not be true to the original design brief, but it is an excellent advert for the brand’s essence.

MeisterSinger Salthora Meta With Green Dial For Harrods Watch Releases

And that green dial! With a sunburst finish, the dark green dial and simple white integers really marry well with the beige leather strap that features a folding buckle. The automatic movement is visible through an exhibition case back. The base calibre may not wow you, but it does appear to be a relatively nicely decorated version from the press release photographs. Additionally, the dial-side modification enabling the jump hour is really cool and a nice talking point.

MeisterSinger Salthora Meta With Green Dial For Harrods Watch Releases

The MeisterSinger Salthora Meta with green dial is exclusively available from Harrods, with a price tag of £2,375, but there are four core colourways to choose from if you can’t make it to the store. There is a white dial/black strap, pale brown dial/dark brown strap, black dial/black strap (with scarlet hour markers, minute hand, and strap stitching), and sunburst blue dial/tan brown strap. These variants are priced at €2,598, which equates to roughly £1,915, making it considerably cheaper than the Harrods variant. MeisterSinger plan on releasing another special edition watch for Harrods later in the year. The Circularis Gold in 18ct rose gold will be released with a white dial or a blue dial, with 24 of each available. The watch will also feature a twin-barrelled calibre developed by MeisterSinger. Check back here for more details later in the year. meistersinger.net

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  • I_G

    I get boner from jump hour watches but it turns into a semi imagining that giant spacer around that sorry little automatic movement. Should be an Unitas.

  • Grinnie Jax

    Hypnotising color

  • iamcalledryan

    That’s why I have a No.2 on my get list.

  • The movement shown is an ETA Elabore (or better) grade 2824-2 movement. Besides the decoration, the movement is to supposed to have better time keeping due to upgraded components.
    I like this watch but even with the jumping hand module it seems aggressively priced to me.

  • MediumRB

    No mention of the hour change sound? MeisterSinger is proud of the audible hourly “click” that can be heard in docile settings that is a nice compliment to the indicator of the watch.

    Love the green dial and share the sentiments about the look from the back-side. I fondled all the models at an AD a couple weeks ago and have a No. 2 on my shortlist (the AD just didn’t have the dial I preferred in stock). The hand wind seems the right movement for this watch and the No. 2 was discernibly nicer than the No. 1 in that respect, although the crystal on the back does seem a little out of proportion and not really of interest to me.

  • ryanpmcau

    London in September, if they have this in the Watch Room it may be coming home with me.

  • ryanpmcau Don’t forget to pick up the JLC Reverso green from the London boutique as well. Since when was green equated with “Britishness”? Is it the popular “British Racking Green” color found on some cars?

  • MarkCarson “Aggressively priced”. I like that. AKA = F**king EXPENSIVE  🙂

  • Chaz_Hen Well there is expensive and then there is value for the money. But for the given specs, you are right – this one if freaking expensive for what it is. Aloha.

  • ryanpmcau

    Reverso is out of my price range. not sure how green equates with Britian either, but that watch sure is pretty. At least it is in photos.

  • Jimxxx

    One-hand job…

  • Sam Anderson

    I_G One of my first watches was a Steinhart Nab B Uhr 47mm. I loved it, until I opened it up and saw that tiny 2824-2 swimming in the enormous case. I could not get that thought out of my head, and it ruined the watch for me.

    I have the Meistersinger No.2 and it is a pleasure to turn it over and see the Unitas basically filling the case.

  • NickBurks

    Amazing piece, I love the color of the dial. And I’m a sucker for big crowns with out guards. But 43mm? That’s too large this type of watch IMO. I have 7.5″ wrists and I still prefer my watches in the 35-39mm.

  • NickBurks

    MediumRB I hadn’t considered the hourly change sound! I assume it would be similar to the date snapping at midnight? If so, I can overlook the size of this piece. I love feeling that click that reminds me a tiny motor is running on my wrist.

  • NickBurks

    MarkCarson Are their other watches much less expensive? I’ve looked for a jumping hour hand watch in the past and they seem to be in this price range. Is there an alternative you’d recommend?

  • WimadS

    I actually prefer the original Salthora (which is still a grail). That rounded 40mm case is simply very elegant. This is just a pretty standard looking case design. It is probably what they were aiming for, trying to be modest. But to me the bit of elegance they created in the original salthora is just perfect.

  • MediumRB

    NickBurks MediumRB Check out this video to see/hear it do its thing:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xykq8q7LZJU

  • horacioarrieta

    Is the movement an ETA or Selita? you can’t just say it is a “ETA 2824-2/Selita SW 220-1”

  • horacioarrieta The base Sellita SW 200 caliber is a (patent expired) legal clone of the ETA 2824-2. So either one will fit in a case for the other. With the Swatch Group reducing supply of ETA movements to brands outside of the Swatch group, these other brands (like Meistersinger) buy either movement when they can. So which one you get will be pretty much the luck of the draw (not there there is any function difference). Cheers.

  • somethingnottaken

    MarkCarson NickBurks Speaking of price, the new Salthora Meta appears to cost less than the original Salthora (which is, or at least was, about $3500).

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