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MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik Watch

MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik Watch Watch Releases

Münster, Germany-based MeisterSinger is fulfilling a commitment to bolster its famed Circularis line with the release of a brand-new automatic variant, the MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik watch. With a Baselworld 2016 debut, MeisterSinger is expanding the line which has already taken home a Red Dot Design Award for its uniquely minimalist take on wristwatches.

MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik Watch Watch Releases

If you have heard of the company before, then you probably remember what has become somewhat of a trademark for them: a beautifully crafted wrist watch with a single hand. Some of you might be asking why a manufacturer would leave out such a seemingly essential feature on a wristwatch, but with the indexes at play, there are actually no problems with the legibility of the dial. MeisterSinger uses the term “relaxed” to describe the ambiance of this piece, and I have to agree with them. In addition, the brand has decided not only to introduce the new automatic variation, but also to update the manual Circularis MSH01 movement.

MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik Watch Watch Releases

With a 43mm stainless steel case, the manual and automatic variants now feature galvanized hour markers that are coated with Super-LumiNova just like the hour hand. Compare this update to previous models, and you will find this is a welcome addition to the watch face. With only a solitary hand to indicate the time, you will come to appreciate the increased late-night legibility.

Unlike the manual version, the new MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik features a date window at 6 o’clock. It is rather small and recessed, and adds minimal clutter to the dial. In fact, the dial is one of the biggest attributes to appreciate in these models. Coming in four different colors, you can choose between a creamy ivory or a sunburst sapphire blue, anthracite, or burgundy. The manual-wind version has been updated with the inclusion of a shimmering sunburst sapphire green. I found myself wishing this color would have been offered with the automatic as well, but the anthracite looks no doubt gorgeous.

MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik Watch Watch Releases

The MeisterSinger Circularis collection originally featured a manually wound Calibre MSH01 that set the stage for future variants and improvements. While the MSH01 was never a true “in-house” movement, it can be described as a proprietary movement for the company. Now, with the MSA01, the MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik has been outfitted with a skeletonized rotor and features twin barrels supplying a solid 120-hour power reserve. The movement can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back and is designed by founder and managing director, Manfred Bassler.

MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik Watch Watch Releases

The MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik watch is a breath of fresh air for watch enthusiasts seeking a unique piece on an already crowded playing field. Customization is key here, and I was overjoyed upon discovering the customizable gallery on their website that allowed me to swap out leather bands with immaculate Milanese bracelets before deciding which combination best suited my tastes. Oftentimes, there is limited flexibility in terms of options to fit one’s personal tastes, but I really appreciate being able to find a set that speaks to me, and this alone says volumes about the brand’s approach.

MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik Watch Watch Releases

The MeisterSinger Circularis Automatik watch is available in several variations, so you should head on over to their site gallery to see which one works best for you. They are priced at 4,498 EUR with a version of the blue dial in gold that will be available for 5,798 EUR. meistersinger.net

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  • Raymond Wilkie

    Wow , coming thick and fast now.
    Compare this to the jumbled mess of the Tag that was just reviewed this is as different as chalk and cheese, but are still built to do the same thing,………..tell the time. This watch and its minimalistic approach really hits home to me. Lovely coloUrs to choose from. Would have this watch any day.

  • Sevenmack

    Very pretty dial. Yet useless from an accuracy and precision perspective. While I understand the concept behind such watches from Meistersinger and other makers, it seems like a hipster posing at the expense of accurate and precise timekeeping. Which is the point of watches in the first place.

    • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

      Using the same argument you could argue against mechanical watches vs. quartz.

      • Sevenmack

        Of course you can. I wouldn’t argue that mechanicals are superior to quartz in any way other than perhaps aesthetics. This isn’t to say that those who buy a Meistersinger shouldn’t buy one or that watch collectors shouldn’t buy mechanicals. It is to say in both cases that you sacrifice accuracy and precision. Ultimately, it is just a preference. The Meistersinger isn’t mine.

  • iamcalledryan

    I love the meistersinger aesthetic – not only do they look super-clean but they effect your appreciation of time in a way that few others do at this price point. There are absolutely times when I need to know the exact minute, but in most of those cases, the exact minute is a round figure and hence the Meistersinger would be as good as any watch.

    Sure, I might need to know if it is 18:38 for a train, but I will be using the clock on the phone that has the train app for that moment – for all the other moments of the day just relax…

    As for the automatic and the date window, I can’t say that this is what I want from the newest iteration of the circularis. Bring me hand-winding, whack a reserve indicator on the back, keep the dial utterly clean, and I’m yours…

    • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

      Well said. The date window and the white date wheel are killing the otherwise elegeant dial design.

  • SuperStrapper

    Meh. This is competitive for $6k?

  • JimBob

    Leading zeroes? R u srsly?

  • Amit Menachemi

    I have a similar watch from them for the normal price of $1800, guess they started in-house movement and got crazy with the pricing …

    • DanW94

      Not an in-house movement though – I believe this is Christopher Ward’s Calibre SH21, which was made by the CW owned Synergies Horlogeres company. Synergies made the hand wound version (MSH01) mentioned in the article.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Someone really should have been responsible for the spelling, it’s
    A.U.T.O.M.A.T.I.C……….sloppy

    • SuperStrapper

      They’re German.

      My rents used to receive letters from German friends and the envelopes would have ‘Kanada’ in the address.

    • Sevenmack

      It is the German spelling for Automatic. Makes sense given that it is a German watchmaker.

      • peter_byford

        The Germans don’t have a word for watch, wristwatch……….so any reference to them translates to ‘ clock ‘ lol ! I’ve seen some pretty weird Chinese translations to the English ‘ automatic’ too.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I’ll try hard to minimize any jokey comments

    • JimBob

      It’s sad, right?

  • Love the movement.

  • Radoe

    Just who had the bright idea of resting the watch against a headphone?
    Oh wait, the magnetic field and its negative effect on the watch movement will go mostly unnoticed with this kind of gimmicky time display anyway, so sure, go ahead and leave on the speakers next time, while you’re at it…