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MEISTERSINGER NO.1

A Horological Revolution

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hen the MeisterSinger No.1 was introduced it was not only the first watch by this German brand, but also the very first affordable watch featuring only one hand. A rarity by itself, even amongst far more expensive brands, it all of a sudden became mainstream. While a watch with only one hand sounds crazy to begin with, it makes a lot of sense when it’s around the wrist. That one hand seems to take all the hurry out of your watch, despite the fact that with the cleverly designed dial you can still tell time with a minute precision. Yes, it does take some getting used to, but that is part of the fun. 14

The dial of the MeisterSinger No.1 is key to this. It is designed in a way that Germans seem to have a patent on: straightforward, clean, yet not at all boring. It is a perfect match with the 43mm case. This does seem quite large, and it looks even larger on the wrist, since it is almost all dial and no bezel, but you will appreciate this. Wearing comfort is not compromised thanks to well designed lugs, and the large dial makes it easy to get used to reading the time with only one hand. With a design like this it does not come as a surprise that the No.1 won both the prestigious Red dot design award, as well as the iF design award in 2004. The MeisterSinger No.1.is powered by a movement from Sellita. Although MeisterSinger also offers this watch with an automatic movement, a manual wind seems to be more fitting to the concept. The daily winding of the watch gives you more of a connection with it, which is already strengthened by the unusual time display. MeisterSinger makes the winding a true treat, by fitting the No.1 with a large crown that gives good grip for the fingers.

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