Bronze is not dead. The patina-ready metal has made its way into MeisterSinger’s collection, reinvigorating three existing designs. The No.03, the Perigraph, and the Metris have all had the same treatment. For those unfamiliar with MeisterSinger, all its watches tell the time with only one hand. These three latest bronze releases are no different in that regard. What is different here are those beautifully warm bronze cases, accentuated sublimely by the addition of sunburst blue dials.
Many have heralded the end of bronze, claiming it to be a short-lived fad. Plenty more question its aptness as a luxury material. I respectfully disagree, and it seems that MeisterSinger does, as well. Bronze provides such a fantastic hue without being as gaudy as gold can often be. As you wear it, the bronze takes on its own patina, darkening and changing as time goes on. Over time, the watch becomes particularly yours. Each one ages in a unique way, reflecting the habits of its wearer. That’s an aspect I certainly love about this material.
For its bronze line, MeisterSinger has taken three existing models from its lineup and encased them in bronze with a brand new dial color. Let’s start by looking at the No.03. Like its steel-cased cousin, the bronze No.03 features a 43mm diameter case, with an exhibition caseback, which offers a glimpse at the Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement inside. The SW200 has a 38-hour power reserve, 25 jewels, and an operating speed of 28,800vph. Giving you some “just in case” water resistance, the No.03 is good for submersion down to 50 meters. With its single hand, clean dial, and bronze case, this watch gives off a major ship instrument vibe (call me Ishmael), and the blue sunburst dial pairs well against the bronze. Paired with the watch is a brown calfskin strap, completing the look.
The Perigraph maintains much of the same aesthetic as the No.03 but adds an interesting date complication. The Perigraph clocks in at 43mm in diameter with an exhibition caseback and the same beating heart. However, unlike the No.03, the Perigraph features a circular date complication, where all the date numerals are visible on the rotating disc, and the date is marked by a red arrow at the 12 position. Like the No.03, the Perigraph is water resistant to 50 meters.
And the most svelte of the bunch, the Metris provides an aesthetic similar to the other members of the MeisterSinger bronze collection, but in a smaller 38mm case size. Despite its smaller size, the Metris doesn’t make any sacrifices. It boasts the same movement present in the other models, as well as an exhibition caseback. Notably, the Metris is water resistant down to 200 meters, making it the sportiest of the bunch. Primarily due to its size, this is my favorite of the collection.
All three members of MeisterSinger’s bronze collection will be available beginning in April, with pricing information yet to be announced. Whether you go with the simplistic No.03, the date-forward Perigraph, or the svelte Metris, I think all are attractive options. While reading a single-handed watch would certainly take some getting used to, I think it’s something we could all adjust to. Mostly, I can’t wait to see how these patina after a few months on the wrist. Visit meistersinger.com for more information.