As you all know, MeisterSinger is known for their implementation of single-handed watches. You may also know that, well, I’m not particularly a fan of single-handed watches. They just lack the precision in time-telling that I’ve come to prefer. So, why in the world would I agree to take a look at the MeisterSinger Bronze Metris? Well, just because I may not prefer the approach to handsets the brand adopts, they do create some lovely watches, and this one in particular I felt would be a stunner to see in person.
Wouldn’t you know it? I was right, the MeisterSinger Bronze Metris was indeed a stunner. Take, for instance, the case. Most will likely focus on the fact that it’s made of bronze, and that does factor in (even in our short time with it, we saw it start to “customize” itself to our environment via patina), it undersells the profile and shape of the case. At 38mm, it’s smaller than one might expect, but it’s got some nice bevels and angles going on, as well as some alternating finished (polished vs matte) that will no doubt have some curious interplay as the case oxidizes. Then, of course, that, well, bronze hue plays so nicely with the supple brown leather strap (one of the nicer stock leather straps I’ve handled) and the deep blue of the dial.
While the dial of the MeisterSinger Bronze Metris is indeed blue, the other tones on it keep things a bit more earthy. The hand, numerals, and indices are finished with a “aged” color luminous paint, and even the date disc takes that same hue, with red numerals printed on it that pick up the red tip of the hand. Of course, that date disc is quite easy to read, given the cyclops that is placed on top of the sapphire crystal.
Around the back of the MeisterSinger Bronze Metris, you’ve got a steel caseback, which certainly should reduce the likelihood of your wrist picking up any greenish cast from the bronze of the case. Of course, you may have some, I suppose, but that’s just part of the charm of a bronze-cased watch, is it not? Tucked under that steel caseback you’ll have either an ETA 2824 or a Sellita SW200 ticking away, telling you the time on the easy-to-read dial.
Once the lights go down, the MeisterSinger Bronze Metris is still quite easy to read. The numerals and hand are luminous, and it gives the appearance of a tachometer, with the date display taking out the 6. Sure, the numbers are in the wrong order, and the watch isn’t intended to be an homage to automobiles, but it’s hard to disassociate that semi-circular look.
Wearing the MeisterSinger Bronze Metris was a treat, as the 38mm by 10.3mm case fit under any shirt cuff I threw at it. Style-wise, this one is very much towards the casual end of the spectrum, given the colors and tones used, as well as the leather strap. While I was not particularly enamored of the 5-minute precision (and visually interpreting it) on the dial, telling the time has a short learning curve to get your brain accustomed to what you’re seeing. Aside from that, the watch is a treat to look at. If you find yourself nodding in agreement, and want a more relaxed take on the time, offer up $2,295 and the watch can be yours. meistersinger.com
- Brand & Model: MeisterSinger Bronze Metris
- Price: $2,295
- Who’s it for? You have a more relaxed view on time, and you’d like a higher-end watch to look as casual as you feel
- Would I wear it? While I like the looks, single-handed watches simply aren’t for me.
- What I’d change: Why not lume the logo on the dial, or at least the “eye” ?
- The best thing about it: The overall look of the piece
Tech Specs from MeisterSinger
- Automatic ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW 200-1
- 25 jewels
- Frequency: 28800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 38 hours
- Bronze housing with 6-fold screwed caseback
- Diameter: 38 mm
- Thickness: 10.3 mm
- Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
- Water Resistance: 200m (20 bar)
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