Angus Davies reviews the MeisterSinger Metris, a stylish timepiece with a relaxed temperament.
This detailed review of the MeisterSinger Metris includes live images, specification details and pricing.
There are times where the formality of a suit makes an individual feel awkward, especially when others are dressed in casual clothing. Moreover, formal attire precludes physical activity.
When it comes to day to day clothing, blue jeans have become the default choice for many. They can be paired with a variety of other garments; their versatility is superb. Furthermore, jeans are inherently tough and hard-wearing, proving ideal when performing a myriad of tasks.
MeisterSinger has recently unveiled the Metris. The brand from Munster has likened this watch to a pair of jeans, pointing out its robustness and suitability for ‘every situation’.
The MeisterSinger Metris is available in four colourways: opaline silver, ivory, black and blue. Personally, I favour the latter version as the combination of a blue dial and matching strap proffer an unusual, eye-catching appearance.
The white needle-shaped hand performs a joint role, simultaneously indicating the hours and minutes with a lone voice. The MeisterSinger Metris does not proclaim time to the nearest second, its conversation with the wearer is less formal. Indeed, this is a watch for those individuals with a relaxed outlook on life.
Each hour is represented in twin digit form, a characteristic of all MeisterSinger watches. Both the needle-shaped hand and the indices are treated with Superluminova, aiding legibility in dim-light conditions.
A magnified date window resides at 6 o’clock. The date is presented using black numerals sans serifs against a white background. The combination of the crisp typography, white date disc and magnified date aperture confers peerless readability. Furthermore, the date cannot be viewed from the side. The date is only visible head-on, effectively making the indication a secret, shared solely with the wearer.
Blue dials have become de rigueur in recent years and this version of the MeisterSinger Metris upholds this trend. Previously, I suspected that the allure of a blue hued dial would wane with the onset of years, but it hasn’t. Indeed, demand for blue watch dials shows no signs of abating. The dial epidermis of this watch is endowed with a beguiling shade of blue. Its deep tone bestows a profound appeal.
I have worn several MeisterSinger watches over the years and, initially, I found the single hand for hours and minutes counter-intuitive. However, with just a brief association, the indication now proves simple to understand and interpretation has become second nature.
The watch buying public have grown accustomed to round watches. Commercially, round watches sell better than any other case shape. It is for this reason few brands stray from making circular watches. Therefore, MeisterSinger should be congratulated for courageously releasing the barrel-shaped MeisterSinger Metris.
The elongated case-band accentuates the length of the modestly proportioned case. Indeed, despite measuring 38mm in diameter, the watch looks at home on my substantially sized wrist.
MeisterSinger has expended much effort on the case of the Metris. The upper edge of the case-band follows a different trajectory to the lower edge. Near the centre of the case, i.e. adjacent 3 or 9 o’clock, the upper and lower edge of the case-band become parallel. This detail may sound small but it heightens the visual allure of the watch.
The upper surface of the case is satin-brushed, while the neighbouring surfaces are highly polished. It proves more labour intensive to juxtapose two contrasting finishes, increasing the cost of production. Clearly, MeisterSinger felt the final appearance justified this increased cost and, I must say, I agree.
There is a ubiquitous sense of robustness with the MeisterSinger Metris. The crown nestles within a crown protector, mitigating the risk of any impact damage to the winding stem. Nevertheless, despite its sturdy construction, this watch never feels cumbersome. The watch has a maximum water resistance of 200 metres (20 ATM), making it ideal for holiday adventures on the beach.
The pale blue textile strap wonderfully complements the dark blue dial and imbues the watch with an informal appearance. This is a watch ideally suited to casual attire.
The MeisterSinger Metris is fitted with the venerable ETA 2824-2. The frequency of this movement is 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the power reserve provides 38 hours of autonomy.
Owing to the solid case-back it was not possible to appraise the finishing of the movement.
Stress has become an occupational hazard affecting legions of middle-managers. Many individuals have become slaves to schedules and deadlines. Working lives are blighted by industry’s obsession with efficiency and the need to account for every second.
MeisterSinger has taken an alternative view, a philosophy likely to confer a sense of well-being. The Metris expresses time in 5-minute intervals. The wearer of the watch is able to keep track of time without being mithered with the proclamation of individual minutes or inconsequential seconds. This watch is about viewing life through an easy-going lens. Rest assured, this does not mean the watch lacks precision, its movement, the ETA 2824-2, is more than capable of fulfilling its timekeeping duties.
The case of the MeisterSinger Metris is wonderful. Its shape provides a welcome alternative to the ubiquitous round case. The execution of the contrasting finishes is superb and would not look out of place on far costlier watches. Indeed, its recommended retail price of £1490 (as at 13.7.2018) represents excellent value.
The scale of the Metris, the gorgeous colour-scheme of the dial / strap ensemble and the relaxed temperament of the watch will prove equally as appealing to ladies.
I understand why MeisterSinger associate the Metris with a pair of jeans. The Metris is versatile, stylish, robust and comfortable. But, most of all, this timepiece elicits a casual approach to life, a trait which may engender a healthy outlook.
- Model: MeisterSinger Metris
Case: Stainless steel; diameter 38mm, sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback; water resistant to 20 ATM (200 metres).
- Functions: Hours; minutes; date
- Movement: ETA 28-24/2; Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 VpH (4Hz); power reserve 38 hours.
- Strap: Blue textile strap
- Price: £1490 (RRP as at 13.7.2018)