MeisterSinger Astroscope Edition 2021
The MeisterSinger Astroscope Edition 2021 celebrates the German firm’s 20th anniversary. Building on the success of last year’s model, this new version features a new colour scheme encompassing eye-popping orange hues.
MeisterSinger, the brand from Münster, has always viewed time from an alternative perspective. Rather than allowing time to constrain the wearer’s life, the German marque invites would-be owners to view the hours and minutes as opportunities for experiences, ideally shared with loved-ones. A MeisterSinger watch does not express time in nano-seconds. Quite the reverse, several models show the time to the nearest 5-minute integer. Put simply, MeisterSinger approaches life with a different state of mind.
This year, the firm celebrates its 20th anniversary and has chosen to mark the occasion by releasing the MeisterSinger Astroscope Edition 2021. Ardent supporters of the German brand may recognise the new model’s close similarities to last year’s Astroscope, a watch I reviewed at the time.
In common with other MeisterSinger models, a lone hand indicates both the hour and minutes simultaneously. In addition, a date display is positioned at 6 o’clock, however, where the Astroscope is different to any other watch is that it is endowed with a highly original day indication. A series of apertures, located in the centre of the dial, take their turn to indicate the day with a white dot. The days of the week don’t change in a linear fashion but wander back and forth, emulating the appearance of ‘a constellation that occurs every ten to twelve years in the southern night sky of the northern hemisphere.’ The name of the day is shown in an abbreviated 3-character form and is accompanied with the corresponding symbol of the heavenly body.
Last year, the watch was offered in two dial variants, ‘black-old radium’ and ‘steel blue-old radium’. The designs subsequently received independent recognition, collecting two awards, The Red Dot Design Award 2020 and a German Design Award.
The new MeisterSinger Astroscope Edition 2021 has a black dial, with orange and white dial details, and is presented on a vivid orange leather strap with prominent white stitching.
Limited edition: 100 pieces
The brand’s press release
The Astroscope Edition displays the weekdays in a way never seen before, i.e., in relation to the celestial bodies that have been attributed to the various days of the week since ancient times.
The new variant is also designed with a dark dial that represents the night sky. The numerals are depicted in a fine serif typeface and the astronomical symbols are designed in luminous orange. Together with the luminous hand, the time can also be easily read at night.
Above the circular date window and the MeisterSinger logo there is an intimated horizon, enhancing the impression of gazing up at the heavens. The new model comes with a super-soft calfskin watchstrap in sunshine orange corresponding with the texture on the dial.
The Astroscope is powered by a Swiss automatic movement that can be viewed through the exhibition glass back, which is affixed with six screws. The stainless steel case is a slender 40 mm in diameter and water-resistant up to 5 bar.
It’s the sun and the moon that divide our time into day and night and the twelve months of the year for everyone to perceive and observe. However, the division into seven-day weeks does not follow any particular astronomical rhythm but has more of a mythological background. The method most likely dates back to the Babylonians, who, like many other peoples, considered the number seven to be especially holy and connected with seven celestial bodies: The Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn.
Just as most planets are named after Roman gods, most days of the week in both German and English take their corresponding names from Norse mythology. Throughout history, the allocation of the days of the week to celestial bodies has endured the test of time:
Monday > Moon ☽
Tuesday > Mars ♂
Wednesday > Mercury ☿
Thursday > Jupiter ♃
Friday > Venus ♀
Saturday > Saturn ♄
Sunday > Sun ☉
Harmony of the celestial bodies
With these celestial bodies and their classical symbols, the Astroscope displays the days of the week not in a linear or radial fashion but wandering back and forth in a constellation that only occurs every ten to twelve years in the southern night sky of the northern hemisphere.
The Astroscope stylizes this formation on its dial; a bright dot appears on Monday at about 12 o’clock at the moon symbol and the next day to the left at the Mars symbol. On Wednesday it appears next to Mercury at about 9 o’clock; on Thursday next to Jupiter at 3 o’clock.
In reality, however, it does not jump back and forth. Under the dial, a large weekday disk with a number of bright dots on it moves one step further from one day to the next, always moving in a circle, just as it is in the world of celestial mechanics. This is as amazing and yet as easy to understand as the time when displayed with only one hand.
If that sounds too theoretical, you can simply enjoy a very easy-to-read watch with a day and a date display.