August 27, 2015
by David Bredan
Today, German watch manufacture Sinn has announced its new proprietary movement inside the Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I watch. Sinn, a renowned manufacturer of tool watches designed primarily for divers and pilots – as well as some other, less specialized watch collections – will now debut a rather more formal looking timepiece… to which the renders they made available for the time being likely won’t do much justice. Let’s see what promises the Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I has in store for fans of the brand.
“Meisterbund” means a cooperation of master craftsmen, as Sinn prides themselves on working together with two notable German suppliers. Therefore, a total of three brands are involved in making the Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I: Sinn Spezialuhren zu Frankfurt am Main (Sinn), Sächsische Uhrentechnologie Glashütte (SUG) and Uhren-Werke-Dresden (UWD). Whenever you are feeling a bit under the weather, just return to this article and attempt to read those three names out loud really fast – or have someone do it for you – and all’s going to be fine.
On a more serious note, Sinn has designed the piece and will also perform final assembly, while SUG is responsible for building and manufacturing the case which, for this limited run of 55 pieces, is in 18k rose gold. SUG, as a supplier of high-quality watch cases, has been working for a number of different watch brands since 1999 – and ever since, it has also been an important supplier to Sinn, which is no surprise, given that Lothar Schmidt (owner of Sinn since the mid-90s) is one of the founders of the case manufacturing company.
The other notable supplier is UWD who will manufacture the movement for Sinn in Dresden: a hand-wound caliber with 55 hours of power reserve (yes, 55 pieces limited edition and 55 hours of power reserve – all because it’s Sinn’s 55th anniversary next year) with a rather unique bridge architecture that will help further highlight the proprietary nature of this caliber. Hours, minutes, and running seconds is the full list of indications and functions – arguably, though, it would have been nice to see a power reserve indicator thrown in there as well, given that it is a hand-wound movement.
For the time being, we only have renders of the watch and a “werkplan” of the movement, but the news of the Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I watch is still very promising and worthy of our momentary attention, for it means we see an established brand reach out to and work with two German suppliers to create a new and proprietary piece. Last but not least, Sinn claims that the Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I is the first mechanical timepiece in which essential parts of the watch – including the case, dial, movement, and spring – are produced in Germany. The Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I will make its official debut sometime early 2016, which is when we’ll also check out this new movement and see what it truly means for the brand. sinn.de