MeisterSinger has long been renowned for its unusual single-handed dial designs, and this year the German brand expands its signature look with the new Bronze Line at Baselworld 2019. The small collection will include a variation on the No. 3, the Metris, and the Perigraph designs, which are some of the most popular models in the brand’s catalog. The Bronze line comes on the heels of the Perigraph Bronze 2018 Edition release, and was likely prompted by the success of that unique 12-hour bronze watch. Like many bronze models, the hope for these timepieces is to produce a sharp and fascinating contrast between the dark dial and the teal patina which will develop on the case as the years pass via oxidation.
The No. 3 is one of MeisterSinger’s most recognizable designs and seems like a natural fit for a bronze dressing. The watch uses a 43-mm case with matching colored printed dial markers for the 12-hour ring dial descriptors. At each quarter hour mark is a subtle red accent, with a complementary red-tipped hour hand slowly indicating the time, while a circular date window adorns the bottom of the dial. Inside the watch and visible through a six-fold screwed exhibition case back is either an ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW 200-1 movement capable of a 38-hour power reserve.
The Perigraph model uses the same colorway, case, and hour-ring design as the No. 3, but works to channel classical analog instruments. This is accomplished using a circular date ring towards the center of the dial, which indicates the day via a red arrow while the circle turns by one position on each passing day. Like the No. 3, the Perigraph uses the same movement and exhibition steel case back.
The last model is the more robust Metris. The piece is sportier than the No. 3 and Perigraph, but still maintains the same overall color scheme and a similar dial design. This watch uses a smaller 38-mm multifaceted case, which integrates the rounded bezel with its curved lugs, and protects the crown via rounded guards. The outer printed hour-ring of the dial is the brand traditional configuration, and like the other two Bronze Line watches is produced in the same color and with the red accents. The primary difference on the dial is seen in the cyclops date window at the bottom of the face, which further references the sporty nature of the watch. The Metris also uses ETA 2824-2, though it is better protected with a water resistance of 20-bar (200-m) compared to the other two models 5-bar (50-m).
Each of the watches will be available for purchase starting in April 2019, though pricing is still unavailable, as of yet. We’ll update this article once that has been confirmed.