Watch of the Month – N° 03
A classic automatic
Our Watch of the Month for December combines the purest form of displaying the time with state-of-the-art movement technology
MeisterSinger single-hand watches are inspired by the design of early clocks and historical scientific instruments. And the names of the company’s first models – N° 01, N° 02, and N° 03 – also make them seem functional and technical, at least at first glance. In actual fact, their numbering points to a distinguishing design characteristic of MeisterSinger watches – their circumferential double-digit hour numerals. The first models clearly express both the design language and the essence of the collection – the clear typography, for example, and the absence of pointless ornamentation.
Their names also mark the iterations of the basic design idea. Whereas N° 01 and N° 02 are powered by hand-wound movements, N° 03 is driven by an automatic caliber, making it far more modern from a technical point of view. However, contrary to the opinion of many purists, who consider only hand-wound watches to be truly classical, this automatic with its rotor winding mechanism also originates from a great watchmaking tradition. Although the technology was actually invented back in the 18th century, it never became popular because the pocket watches of the day spent most of the time in the waistcoats of their owners and thus had too little movement to wind up their mainsprings. And it also took decades for the ball-bearing rotor to prove itself as the most efficient system for self-winding wristwatches.
The impact of a complex technical process taking place without human intervention is quite astonishing, as the watch seems to derive its energy from nowhere – almost as if it were alive. The self-winding mechanisms of today are related to the writing, eye-rolling, musical boxes whose complicated movements were constructed by Swiss watchmakers centuries ago. At a time, by the way, when many church tower clocks still indicated the time with just one single hand.
As you can see, the N° 03 has a great deal of history wrapped up in its robust case. Of watchmaking in general, of the MeisterSinger design code, and that of their owners if they wear their favorite watch for long enough. And if the owner of a MeisterSinger N° 03 meets real purists who say they wouldn’t want to miss the daily ritual of winding up their watch by hand, he might tell them that his automatic watch can be manually wound as well.
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