Meistersinger Singulator Watch Review

Meistersinger Singulator Watch Review

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What do you do when your brand philosophy limits the kinds of things you can do with your watches?

That is the question I asked myself when I pondered Meistersinger’s position as the flag-bearer of the single hand concept in the world of watches. Aside from creating more single-hand watches, what can you do to evolve the concept further ?

To Meistersinger’s credit, they have answered this question with the creation of the Singular and the Singulator. I’ll be looking at both these watches from Meistersinger, but in this review, I will be focusing my attention on the Singulator, Meistersinger’s take on the regulator watch.

To those who may not be familiar, a regulator watch is the kind where the functions of hours, minutes and seconds are separated and take their own place on a watch dial. The typical regulator layout is to have two small sub-dials, one at the 12 o’ clock position counting hours, another at the 6 o’clock position counting seconds, with a main single hand from the centre of the dial, counting minutes. Minor variations exist, but this is the typical way.

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Some watch companies have a regulator or two in their collections. It’s not a very common style, but it exists, and most of the time, the regulator style is used in dress watches. It’s a love it or hate it thing and critics of the regulator often say that it is difficult to read compared to a normal three-hander.

No matter, I’ve always been partial to watches that attempt to display the time differently, and the regulator is one of those that are able to do this while retaining a modicum of respectability and class. The symmetry of the dial is a characteristic that imparts a classical feel to most regulators, with the attachment point of the hands aligning in a straight path down the middle.

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Therefore, when I first saw the Singulator, I was attracted immediately. More than that, I was struck by how beautiful and well proportioned it was from a distance, on the wrist of a Meistersinger representative at the recent Salon QP. From a design standpoint, I thought this to be the Meistersinger that seemed to have it all. It had a nice heft, coming with a slightly thicker case, a good wrist presence, classical style and a nod to the single hand concept of the brand.

I had assumed on this basis that the Singulator was a typical regulator, and that Meistersinger had made one because it seemed to speak to the single hand idea of their watches. Having it under review and looking at it closer however, it was not long before I realized that Meistersinger’s conception of a regulator is very different. In fact, what they have done is to fit the regulator look into their brand philosophy and that was totally unexpected… (more »)

5 comments
Lesthepom
Lesthepom

I like this one but not at this price ther are better alternatives bring it down to may be 2-21/2k I would look at it again as Kris C pointed out the finish is just not up to the price tag

Ryan B
Ryan B

I like it, since it only has one hand I would be compelled to think of it as a pressure gauge for my days activities. If it were past my bedtime the pressure of course would be too damn high.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I'm a fan opf the palette used here - that deep, electric blue dial is amazing, and it is very well paired with the bright tan strap - this would be an excellent combo for your blue power suit.

But more than $7k? Forget it. There is just so much more in this bracket that offers a much better value proposition. After all, we are talking about a base 6498 here, and there is not exactly a complex module to allow for the regulateur style. Also, let's go back to that strap - I'm more than $7k into a watch, and it comes on cow leather that is embossed to look like gator, and I don't even get rolled edges - black acrylic finishing that is done sloppily enough that it creeps around to the surface in places. That is fairly sad.

On top of this, I have to say that rthis brand embodies a lot of what I don't like in watches - I love regulators, so this one is worth talking about, but broken-down, single handed watches don;t interest me at all. I'm not saying I like clutter, but I do prefer more detail and things to look at/enjoy/appreciate.

TimelyOne
TimelyOne

I love this timepiece. Certainly in my top five to acquire. I have two inexpensive regulateurs, and they are quite the conversation starters. Wonderful craftsmanship in this movement, and the face is quite striking. I think it plays well with the strap too.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Love this watch.  The blue is gorgeous.  I'm not quite as in love with that toffee coloured strap though.  Doesn't matter, you can always change it.  As much as I appreciate the novelty of a regulator and the efforts they went to to implement it, i'd probably prefer a regular configuration and use those sub-dials as a chronograph - easier to read at a glance.  It'd look virtually the same, still beautiful, plus added functionality.  Perhaps they already make one like that, I don't know.