Over the past 20 years, MeisterSinger mechanical watches have revolutionised the display of time. They display the time with great precision and in an unusual way – using only one hand. In doing so, the manufacture takes inspiration from the first mechanical timepieces from the late Middle Ages. They literally point to that one fleeting moment in time, conveying a reassuring sense of time.
And to celebrate its 20th anniversary, MeisterSinger is celebrating in style – with a limited edition. We’re introducing The Astroscope: An astronomical spectacle.
The Astroscope Edition displays the weekdays in a way never seen before; in relation to the celestial bodies that have been attributed to the various days of the week since ancient times. Whereas the sun and moon divide our time into day and night and the twelve months of the year, the division into seven-day weeks does not follow an astronomical rhythm but has more of a mythological background. This method likely dates back to the Babylonians, who considered the number seven to be sacred and connected with seven celestial bodies: The Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. Just as most planets are named after Roman gods, most days of the week take their corresponding names from Norse mythology. Throughout history, the allocation of the days of the week to celestial bodies has endured the test of time. Accordingly, the symbols of the planets are found on the Astroscope. A bright dot indicates the current day.
The new version is equipped with a dark dial that represents the night sky. The numerals are depicted in a fine serif typeface and the astronomical symbols are designed in luminous orange. Together with the luminous hand, the time can also be easily read at night. An intimated horizon arches above the circular date window and the company logo, enhancing the impression that the viewer is looking up at the sky.
The MeisterSinger Astroscope is powered by a Swiss automatic movement, the Sellita SW 220, which provides a power reserve of 38 hours. It can be viewed through a screwed-down glass back – along with all the finishes and the continuously operating oscillating weight.
MeisterSinger has opted for a stainless steel case. It has a diameter of a slender 40 mm and is water-resistant to 5 bar.
This Astroscope is a limited edition of 100 pieces.
All models are equipped with a soft calfskin strap. Its orange colour picks up the colours of the dial and provides a continuous look.