MeisterSinger Vintago – A fresh look back

On this years Baselworld MeisterSinger presents the Vintago: Minimalism in design and time display.

At this year’s Baselworld, MeisterSinger is adding a new watch line to its collection – the Vintago. The Münster-based company specializes in mechanical single-hand watches – timepieces for people who don’t need to worry about minor details or think about seconds, but simply want to keep track of longer periods of time.

As the name suggests, the Vintago also provides a look back to the past, because it embodies the design virtues of a rather elegant era. The purely functional typography and the flat glass domed over the unadorned dial are reminiscent of the austere design language of the 1960s. The finely brushed stainless steel case with its discreet 38-millimetre diameter is also typical of that decade. And last but not least, the carefully designed crown also harks back to those bygone years.

Clear, straightforward, but discreet: the best of the 60s combined with the conciseness of a single-hand watch.
Clear, straightforward, but discreet: the best of the 60s combined with the conciseness of a single-hand watch.

Vintage – and quite contemporary

But whereas MeisterSinger’s Neo looks at first glance like it’s been around since the 1950s, the Vintago’s design is also quite contemporary at the same time. Its curved hour hand rotates over a multi-level dial, thereby adding further depth to its geometric appearance. The generous arched segment of the date display is cut out of the raised center. Both the form and the content are highly typical for MeisterSinger, as the wearer has an overview of five calendar days and a small dot marks the current date. In all four versions of the Vintago (opaline white, ivory, blue, and black), the basic hue of the date disk and the color of the numerals are selected to match the dial. The Vintago is modeled on the vintage qualities of a good port wine, which is made from the best grapes and simply gets better and better as it ages.

Timeless combination - the new Vintago with Milanese bracelet.
Timeless combination – the new Vintago with Milanese bracelet.

On the back of the flat case, which is water-resistant up to 5 bar, the glass exhibition window reveals the Swiss movement driving the Vintago: the Sellita SW200-1 automatic. The four models will be available from April with a calfskin watchstrap that matches the color of the dial.