MeisterSinger, an iconoclastic German watch brand that continues to win converts with its intriguing dial designs based on a single timekeeping hand, joins the growing field of watchmakers offering bronze cases with the launch of its new Perigraph Bronze 2018 Edition, this week’s Watch to Watch.
The watch’s round, 43-mm bronze case displays a reddish gleam, similar to that of more precious and pricey rose gold, when first worn. Like all bronze watch cases, however, it will darken with an individualistic patina over the years whose look will vary with each watch and owner depending on their environment and the conditions under which it is worn. The black dial continues the “aged” theme, with cream-colored, faux-patina “Old Radium” luminous paint on the indices and on the single central hand that tracks the time on a 12-hour scale. Contrasting red highlights — as on the central hand’s tip, and the indices that replace the even-numbered date numerals on the scale of the inner open date ring, along with the triangular date pointer — complete the picture.
The movement in the Perigraph is a Swiss-made automatic, either an ETA 2824-2 or a Sellita SW 200-1, with a 28,800-vph frequency and a 38-hour power reserve; it is on display behind a sapphire window in the six-screwed caseback, which helps ensure the watch’s 50-meter water resistance and is made of stainless steel rather than bronze, as the latter material can irritate and discolor the skin on a wearer’s bare wrist. The watch’s strap, made of antique vintage calfskin leather, offers a distressed faux patina of its own and fastens the timepiece to the wrist with a black DLC-coated clasp. The MeisterSinger Perigraph is a limited edition of 100 pieces and is available as of September 2018, priced at $2,732. What do you think? Does this watch deserve “a hand” or is the bronze trend showing its age? Let us know in the comments below.
Nice looking watch however, why only 5 bar (50 meters) water resistance for a bronze case? You won’t be going anywhere near water wearing this watch. Also, the strap is not appealing. Fair price though.
Jumping on the bandwagon as far as bronze cases are concerned is one thing. Each creation has certainly been appealing in its own right. How this will change down the line, say in 5, 10, … years’ time, in (erm… not as in “inside”) each case is another. It will be interesting if there will be an article in time to come to showcase a few of these watches after they have been worn and aged over some similar length of time.
Not too impressed with the movement doesn’t fit the case and not finished all that great but maybe that is expected for less than $3000. The front of the watch looks fantastic, love the bronze case with the black dial and red accents, first Meistersinger I would definitely want.
Frankly, IMHO, bronze is over-rated and I don’t see the value in using it in a fine time piece!
But, I love the overall look of the watch with its black face and contrasting colours. But, the case… perhaps, use rose-gold (which, of course, would drive up the price) instead?
I’ve always been intrigued be Meistersinger’s single-hand watches and I really do like the „vintage“ front and bronze case.
But I always find it slightly ridiculous to offer a glass case back for a standard ETA or Sellita, especially with a relatively big watch – the movement is boring and appears tiny.
You’re always being reminded that you spent a lot of money on „air“… ;)