MeisterSinger is best known for producing watches that utilize a single hand to tell time. This, of course, lends itself to a more relaxing interpretation of the traditional way we read our watches. Rather than following a to the second — or minute, even — display, most MeisterSinger timepieces are read in five-minute increments. This year at Baselworld, the German brand has introduced its first astronomical watch in the Lunascope.
Borrowing the 40 mm stainless steel case design from the brand’s Pangaea line, the new Lunascope’s main attraction is an incredibly large moon phase display. Encompassing what amounts to the entirety of the upper half of the watch’s dial, the extra-wide aperture shows off the moon as it moves across a dark blue, starry background.
The big technical news with this release is the astronomical precision found within the timepiece. Your average moon cycle takes 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 2.9 seconds to completely circle the Earth. Your average watch with a moon phase complication rounds this figure down to 29.5 days via the movement, which means it deviates by eight hours per year and, thus, needs to be corrected by one complete day every three years. What’s different about the movement inside the MeisterSinger Lunascope (an ETA 2836-2), however, is that it has been modified so it only requires a slight adjustment after 128 years.
The Lunascope is available in two different dial colors: opaline silver and a sunburst dark blue that is identical to the blue of the night sky in the moon phase aperture. Both models feature a blue date window at 6 o’clock. The blue model comes with a calfskin strap; the silver-opaline version with a dark brown leather strap.
The Lunascope will be available from the beginning of April and is currently priced at $2,990 euros.