Sunday, April 24, 2016

MeisterSinger - Circularis Automatic & Second-Generation Circularis Manual

This year, Münster-based watch manufacturer MeisterSinger has unveiled a brand new automatic movement MSA01, a further development of its manual wind movement MSH01 that equips Circularis watches.

The MSA01 calibre has a rotor winding mechanism with a circling tungsten weight that supplies the two barrels with energy while at the same time offering a clear view of the unique movement geometry. This unimpeded view is also safeguarded by delicate skeletonizing of the rotor, which resembles the fermata in the manufacturer's logo.
The new automatic represents a key step for MeisterSinger towards a whole movement  family  designed  specifically  for  its  single-hand  watches  with  a  variety  of  purposes and different characteristics. For example, in contrast to the hand-wound variant, the new automatic movement displays the date as well as the time.

Circularis Automatic
The first model powered by the MSA01 is the Circularis Automatic. Its classic MeisterSinger face has been enhanced with a number of unique features. The hour digits have been mounted on the face as applications. Like the white and red hour hand, the small metal-plated index markers have been coated with superluminova, making it possible to read the time even in the dark. The recess of the round date window has been meticulously metallized as well.
The stainless steel case of the Circularis Automatic has a sturdy diameter of 43 millimeters.  This  leaves  ample  room  for  the  expressive  dial  colors  available  for  this model:  The  MeisterSinger  classic,  an  even  ivory  tone,  has  been  joined  by  dials  in dark sapphire blue, anthracite and, for the first time, a burgundy red  – each with a delicate sunburst finish that shimmers when it catches the light.
Those who choose the benefits of an automatic but miss the beautiful ritual of winding their timepiece each day can invent a new one, circling the rotor over the beautifully shaped movement, generating energy almost as an afterthought.

Circularis Manual
In expanding the Circularis premium line, MeisterSinger has also reworked the handwind model that created such an impression at Baselworld two years ago by uniting the watchmaker’s high technical standards and design ideals. The Circularis is powered by the MSH01, the first movement developed for MeisterSinger by Swiss specialists. Because a single, long hour hand must be especially precise, it requires a design with a dual minute wheel that minimizes the play of the hand. The robust caliber collects energy for 120 hours of power reserve in two barrels for this purpose.

The MSH01 became the first watch movement to win the Red Dot Design Award, in good  part  because  of  the  uniquely  shaped  gear  bridge  that  MeisterSinger  founder and designer Manfred Brassler added to this technical masterpiece as the crowning aesthetic touch.

The second generation of the Circularis Manual has a more streamlined typography than  the  first  models,  with  galvanized  hour  digits  and  sophisticated  index  markers that give it a higher quality appearance as well. Like the single hour hand, they are coated in superluminova, making it possible to read the time even at night.
For daytime effect, MeisterSinger is adding two additional, striking dial colors.  The ivory and deep sapphire blue dials are now being joined by variants in anthracite and a deep “Rensing green,” each with a refined sunburst finish.

It takes some time until the two large barrels of the MSH01 have collected enough energy and the balance wheel begins to oscillate. This is precisely what makes the hand-wind a micromechanical event and a small, beautiful ritual.

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