At best, I have a strained relationship with single-hand watches. My own preferences just lead me to want to know the exact time when I look at a watch, and that is something the single-handed variants are not keen on. They prefer you to know the time is a more relaxed method. So why am I telling you about the new MeisterSinger Circularis? Mainly because of the new movement it brings along.
While they do not tell us who the Swiss partner was in developing the movement, MeisterSinger was pretty upfront about the fact that this is not an in-house made movement. Perhaps in-house designed, but there was a Swiss firm involved in its realization. The MSH01 is a manually-wound movement, and quite a lovely-looking one at that.
This is primarily due to its very balanced nature which comes into being from the dual mainspring barrels. Along with nice things like a smoother power delivery, the dual-barrels give the movement a 5-day power reserve. It is a small pity that the balance wheel could not have been centered on that midline, but I am sure other design concerns kept things the way they are.
To wind those dual barrels, they equipped the Circularis with a larger crown. You know, when you wind it up every couple of days. There are also some subtle changes to the dial (as compared to others in the MeisterSinger lineup), including hour markings closer to the center arbor, and dual-digit numerals around the dial.
Available now, the 43mm MeisterSinger Circularis is available in one of three dial colors (silver-white, blue, and ivory) for a price of $5,695. While I am personally not a big fan of single-hand watches, this does seem to be one of the nicest examples I have run across. Should you be looking for the luxury watch to scratch that one-hand itch, this is likely the watch for you. meistersinger.net
- Brand & Model: MeisterSinger Circularis
- Price: $5,695
- Who we think it might be for: You like your luxury and are not concerned with being places exactly on the dot
- Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?: No – single hand watches are not my thing (aside from the MeisterSinger Salthora)
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: As long as we are whipping up new movements, why not fit a micro-rotor in there to balance out the balance wheel?
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The new (and very balanced) movement