Meistersinger, founded and created by Manfred Brasser, is the latest brand to be added to the Arizona Fine Time roster. Every piece in their line up uses unique expressions of time, all with only one hand to display. Today we introduce you to one of their newest creations with a distinct proprietary caliber housed within, the Circularis.
The Circularis follows the DNA of all Meistersinger watches, with one long hand to express the minutes and hours. Each index on the dial represents 5 minutes, with a slightly larger index for the 15, 30, and 45 minute mark, and an even larger index for the hour itself. This clean and unusual layout reads only in 12 hour format, with no indication of AM or PM, and still maintains an ease of reading the time.
The case for the Circularis is 43mm wide and roughly 11mm thick with a high polish finish on the stainless steel. The dial is a stunning deep blue color (labeled as sunburst sapphire blue) with radial finish and white and pale orange accents. The dial is covered by a domed sapphire crystal.
Though the brand itself is based in Munster, Germany, the movement for the Circularis is made with their Switzerland based partner though designed and developed between the two over a 3 year course of time. This proprietary and unique caliber dubbed the MSH01, is designed and finished beautifully and while the brand is simplistic, with no need for chronometer performance based on how it reads, focuses on precision and duration overall.
The movement is visually stunning, but construction is also bound to impress. Utilizing a Glucydur balance in the MSH01, it is regulated by a distinct fine adjustment mechanism. These two attributes are a major contributing factor in the watches high performance. Another unique attribute is that the gear trains design has been improved upon for this single handed timepiece. Because the hand for the hour/minutes is so long, it needs to run with particular precision. Through using a spring wheel in the gear train, backlash is minimized and increases the precision of the movement of the hand.
This caliber also utilizes dual mainspring barrels, capable of achieving a 5 day power reserve. This unique inline barrels are both wound at the same time ensuring a constant supply of energy to both barrels, tightening the mainsprings evenly. The centralized gear under the bridge and between the two barrels is what allows this to happen.
The very symmetrical design of the movement comes from the mind of Manfred Brasser, giving a unique visual aesthetic to not only the underlying workings, but to the entire calibers appearance. The circular grain decoration atop the of the rhodium plated bridge adds to it's symmetrical appearance. There are also mirror polished accents on the beveled edges of the bridge and along with blued screws and gold filled engraving, creates a very visually pleasing caliber.
The CC108 has a dark brown 20mm crocodile leather strap. Accompanying the strap is a dual fold butterfly deployment clasp with another folding lock underneath the attaching part of the clasp with the Meistersinger logo.
The crown for all 3 Circularis styles is enlarged and allows for easy hand-winding. The 7mm outer diameter crown is also branded with the Meistersinger logo.
Overall appearance of the Meistersinger Circularis CC108 on the wrist is excellent, not too large, but not small either. The thinness of the bezel really creates a large dial space adding legibility and of course, exposing more of the blue color. .
Details really shine in the sunlight as you can see more of the radial grain pattern on the dial. The subdued orange colored accents are a very nice touch of character and create a little more "pop" than if they were just white. The CC108 is now available for sale at AZFineTime.com and has an MSRP of $5,995.
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