Generally, I’m underwhelmed by the single-hand concept and often find day/date complications too busy for my tastes. Imagine my surprise, then, when MeisterSinger plopped the Pangaea Day Date watch down in front of me and I found myself oddly impressed. There are two color options for this watch, one with a white day/date display, and one with a black day/date display. Once again, I found myself a little nonplussed to realize that, for one of the first times ever in my life, the black version was speaking to me. Maybe I shouldn’t be so shocked — a growing proclivity for dark dials is a recent but trending phenomenon — and it’s always surprising when something I’m actively expecting to be unimpressed by makes me sit up and take notice.
MeisterSinger is cool simply because the brand knows who it is. You may love the single-hand concept and the philosophies that go along with it, or you may hate it. Either way, it’s their schtick, and they stick to it, religiously. I suppose it’s only natural that, after so much exposure to this brand during my years on the road, I would eventually come across a model I feel might become a future purchase. As much as it caught me off guard, the MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date watch might be the one.
Model: Pangaea Day Date
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Case Material: Stainless steel
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire crystal
Movement: ETA 2836-2 or Sellita SW 220-1
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Brown leather
Price & Availability: Available immediately. Price £1,995
It’s worth noting that the render of the black day/date complication above is a poor representation of how it looks in real life. I’d actually like to get one of these on my wrist for a long-term review to see how legible I find the text-heavy dial and also to see if the dial, with its sunburst blue base and contrasting accents, further grows on me or whether it would run out of steam after a strong start.
MeisterSinger has done very well to maintain its single-handed concept for so long. Yes, there have been a couple of models with second hands for a subsidiary function other than the hours and minutes but, by and large, the core tenet of the brand has been respected and explored to the nth degree. This is, in my opinion, a particularly successful iteration, due the the amount of information displayed on the dial and adherence to the original design remit of one hand, and one hand only.
All in all, this has been a strong Baselworld for MeisterSinger. With a raft of new styles across a series of relatively affordable price points, and a continuance of their identifiable aesthetic, the decision makers at this reliable German brand should be very pleased with themselves. Although the USD price is unavailable at the moment, the GBP price comes in at £1,995 for the ETA-powered version, which isn’t too shabby at all. Visit meistersinger.com to learn more.