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MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line

The MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line, launched at Baselworld 2018, looks very different from its forebears. Angus Davies provides his thoughts about this contemporary watch endowed with an impressive 120-hour power reserve.

This detailed review of the MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line includes live images, specification details and pricing.

MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line - hand wound watch with power-reserve indicator

Many moons ago, when I was a young boy, I would go on school holidays. I always marvelled at the teachers. They set aside their formal, classroom attire and donned casual clothing. Their character seemed to change as they displayed a more relaxed demeanour. They were still the same individuals, but somehow they appeared much different. I was reminded of these formative experiences while holding the MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line. It shares much in common with its forebears, while at the same time appearing dissimilar.

Last year, I wore the MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve. Endowed with a silver opaline dial, blue central hand and blue double-digit indices, this watch exhibited a notable formality. The highly polished case reinforced its dressy image and the hand-wound movement was traditionally decorated with circular Côtes de Genève motif and numerous blued screws. Everything appeared dignified and, save for the lone hour / minute hand, conventional.

At Baselworld 2018, the watch company from Münster unveiled a new version of the Circularis Power Reserve, aptly labelled with an additional two words, ‘Black Line’. While sharing many elements with its older sibling, the appearance of this newer watch is very different. Indeed, its composition looks younger, more contemporary and decidedly casual.

MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line - hand wound watch with power-reserve indicator

The dial

The MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line does not crave attention, its stealthy black dial seems intended to limbo beneath the radar.

MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line - hand wound watch with power-reserve indicator

Typical of all MeisterSinger watches, a lone central hand circumscribes the whole of the dial. In this instance, the lone hand assumes two roles, displaying the hours and minutes simultaneously. Furthermore, the hand is presented in a vivid shade of beige, save for the tip which is embellished with a smattering of red. The chosen palette confers contrast, augmenting ease of read-off.

Each hour is presented in a two-digit form, and once again, employing beige. The double digit indices imbue the dial with a visual balance.

As the nomenclature implies, this watch is equipped with a power-reserve indicator, eccentrically positioned at 9 o’clock. This idiosyncratic positioning is in stark contrast to the seemly presentation of the hour markings. However, it works surprisingly well. The red hand of the power-reserve indicator interfaces with red or beige markings, depending upon the amount of energy stored within the twin barrels.

A circular aperture at 3 o’clock reveals the prevailing date. Red numerals are presented on a beige date disc. Despite the display appearing small, it proves simple to read.

MeisterSinger has restricted the number of hues employed upon the dial. The liberal use of beige, the sparing use of red and the large expanses of black deliver a harmonious and highly lucid display.

The case

The DLC-coated stainless steel case plays a deferential role to the dial. Its matte black finish assumes a covert appearance, blending into the background, in stark contrast to the polished and silvery tones of the Circularis Power Reserve. This trait accentuates the beige dial detail, causing the centrally positioned hand and double-digit indices to virtually pop out from behind the sapphire crystal. This laid-back persona is reinforced with the fitment of a brown saddle leather strap, sporting casual stitching.

MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line - hand wound watch with power-reserve indicator

MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line - hand wound watch with power-reserve indicator

Despite the visual differences between the Circularis Power Reserve Black Line and its older sibling, both watches share much in common. The case measures 43mm and the case-band tapers inwards as it approaches the case-back. The lugs are long and slim. Surprisingly, while the lugs on the Black Line share the same size and shape as the formally attired Power Reserve, they appear smaller, owing to their inconspicuous colour.

MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line - hand wound watch with power-reserve indicator

A prominent fluted crown graces the right hand flank of the case. Its scale and design facilitate ease of manipulation. The case is equipped with an exhibition case-back affording views of the MSH02, hand-wound movement.

The movement

The MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line is fitted with the MSH02 caliber. This movement is hand-wound, has a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and contains 31 jewels. Twin in-series spring barrels collaborate to provide an impressive 120 hour power reserve (5 days).

MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line - hand wound watch with power-reserve indicator

Again, the German brand has differentiated the Black Line from its fellow models by eschewing the circular Côtes de Genève motif and blued screws found on the formal version. Instead, the bridges are black coated with prominent silvery bevels. The two barrel covers are circular grained and silver-toned screws abound. The appearance of this movement appears avant-garde and quite distinct from earlier versions of the MSH02 caliber.

Closing remarks

I seldom write about the same watch twice. However, despite sharing several specification details with its older brother, the MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line has a different temperament.

Its matt black case stands back, allowing the dial to come to the fore and impart meaning. The case appears contemporary with an air of informality and the dark tones make it appear smaller than its highly polished siblings.

The movement harnesses the same know-how as earlier versions of the MSH02 caliber. The 5-day power reserve proves especially useful when wearing the watch on a daily basis. Traditionalists may lament the absence of the circular Côtes de Genève motif and blued screws found on earlier examples of the MSH02 caliber. I admit, I have a proclivity for such finishing myself. However, in this instance, I like the modernity of the black coating on the movement and the gleaming, silver-toned bevels. Quite simply, the movement treatment befits the character of this watch.

It is the dial of the Circularis Power Reserve Black Line which makes it stand out from the crowd. The beige hand and double digits leap out from the dial epidermis, grabbing attention and delivering matchless readability. Smatterings of red detail enliven the dialscape further. Indeed, MeisterSinger has cleverly used colour to enhance wearability without marring the overall aesthetic with too many shades.

With its informal appearance, the MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line proves a suitable companion for jeans and other casual attire. However, don’t be fooled, beneath its laid-back looks is a watch brimming with serious watchmaking know-how.

Further information

https://www.meistersinger.com

Technical specification

  • Model: MeisterSinger Circularis Power Reserve Black Line
  • Case: DLC-coated stainless steel; diameter 43mm; sapphire crystal to front and case-back; water resistant to 5 atm (50 metres)
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; date; power-reserve indicator
  • Movement: Calibre MSH02; hand-wound movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 31jewels; power reserve 120 hours
  • Strap: Brown saddle leather strap with beige stitching
  • Price: £5490 (RRP as at 4.6.2018)

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