When it comes to MeisterSinger, you likely have a single thought in your mind about the brand. And that’s fitting, as it is known for its focus on single-hand watches. For its latest award-winning watch — the MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve — the brand has added a few more complications into the mix, while still keeping the one-handed minimalism front-and-center.
First off, though, the award. The MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve was just won the German Design Council’s German Design Award 2019. This is a very well thought of award — especially in domestic design circles — and gives some serious weight to the effort the designers put into the watch. For me, the dial side has a wonderful balance. The single-hand balances itself, and then the date display and power reserve offset each other. The circular theme binds these elements together and carries over to the back of the watch, where we can see the movement.
Model: Circularis Power Reserve
Dimensions: 43mm diameter
Water Resistance: 5 bar
Case Material: Stainless steel
Crystal/Lens: Domed sapphire in front, sapphire crystal in case back
Frequency: 28,800vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 120 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Alligator leather with double-folding clasp
Price & Availability: TBA
In this instance, the MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve is powered by the MSH02, which is derived from the earlier MSH01 (which also won this award). Given that a watch featuring a related movement picked up the award before, I have a feeling the committee members are big fans. And so they should be, as it is a lovely one, indeed. Watch movements are inherently circles within circles, with the balance wheel and gear train set into the circular plates. On the MSH02, this is further emphasized by the two large barrels that enable the five-day power reserve of the movement.
Even though this is not the watch for me (I miss having the precise minutes indicated), the MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve is a beautiful piece. The raised golden numerals jump out in nice contrast (and there’s even a version with a golden bezel), which provides a more refined counterpoint to the almost stark white hand that circles the dial. If you find yourself not driven by specific time and would rather know approximately where you are in the day, then a MeisterSinger is for you. And if that’s the case, why not consider a timepiece that is award-winning? The brand got to be doing something right for the line to pick up the same award twice over. Learn more at meistersinger.de.