Watch of the Month – Singulator Black Line
This Singulator is almost as beautiful at night as it is during the day, but very, very rare – and our Watch of the Month.
Although MeisterSinger’s mechanical single-hand watches follow the display principle of their historical forbears, they always manage to do things very differently. Ultimately, the watchmaker translates the design of imposing large clocks into a wrist-friendly format. The often functional typography and the typical use of double-digit hour numerals originate mainly from the early design language of technical measuring instruments. And because MeisterSinger watches are designed to give the wearer an overview of the course of the day, the single hour hand is at the center of the dial (although the Salthora is an exception).
The hour at the center
That’s why the Singulator, with its geometry typical of a standing pendulum clock, is also designed differently to the classical originals: Historical pendulum clocks, constructed as extremely exact standing or wall clocks, were made to precisely observe astronomical events or determine a time signal accurately to the second. They feature a minute hand at the center, and as it shouldn’t be covered over under any circumstances, the seconds and the hours less important for the purpose of the pendulum clock can be read on auxiliary dials at 12 and 6 o’clock.
This hierarchical method of showing the time matches the MeisterSinger concept very well – when you turn it around – as with the Singulator the hour hand is at the center. If you don’t only want to know the time to the nearest five minutes but more exactly, the minutes and seconds are displayed on the small dials.
Nice and slow – and with high precision
However, in this point, too, the Singulator is not really true to the MeisterSinger concept as it is not a single- but a three-hand watch. It has won a number of prestigious design awards, but has not been in the collection for a while. A Singulator is now available again, but only for a short time: Exactly 25 pieces of the jet-black version of this watch were built, with their indices and numerals in “Old Radium.”
It isn’t only its color, which together with the matt DLC-coated case emphasizes the instrumental character of the watch. The typography here is particularly striking and that’s why there is only enough space for markings at 02, 03, 04, 08, 09, and 10 o’clock. That is rather unusual, but nicely balanced by the double-digit numerals. And the “Old Radium” really looks like it has aged over decades. It glows for a very long time in the dark, which was not the case with classical pendulum clocks, of course. But a look through the glass exhibition back of the Singulator shows its technical relationship to historical timepieces, as typically, their regulating component oscillates very slowly at 0.5 hertz at one-second intervals. The Singulator’s Swiss hand-wound movement originates from the world of pocket watches and at 2.5 hertz is also comparatively sedate – and very precise at the same time.
As we said, it’s completely different, but still very similar – in both principle and essence.
Learn more about MeisterSinger: