MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date
The MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date features a bold dial, reminiscent of a military roundel. As its name implies, this watch includes day and date indications, paired with the brand’s legendary single hand, succinctly imparting the hours and minutes.
The Pangaea Day Date has been a member of the MeisterSinger family for a while, albeit I was not aware of its existence until recently. The watch has received the Red Dot Design Award, the GOOD Design Award and the German Design Award. Clearly, its aesthetic prowess is widely recognised. Earlier this year, the luxury brand from Münster unveiled two ‘animations’, one model with a blue and black dial and a second version with a blue and ‘sand-grey’ dial. The German firm kindly provided a sample of the latter watch and a period of appraisal soon ensued.
Whenever I have written about MeisterSinger models in the past, the dial has often featured one dominant tone, occasionally enhanced with a sunray motif. However, one glance at the MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date reveals the German marque has ventured off-piste. Circular bands of blue and sand-grey resemble a military roundel and exhibit a notable boldness.
MeisterSinger describes one shade as ‘sand-grey’, albeit in reality it appears white. The ‘blue’ tone employed on the dial is particularly interesting. In some light conditions it can appear dark, almost black and then from other angles the blue circlets resemble metallic pigeon blue. MeisterSinger has always had this incredible ability to conceive dial hues that are dynamic, readily transforming from one shade to another. While the MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date was in my possession, I could not help falling for this captivating characteristic.
Consistent with most MeisterSinger watches, one hand assumes responsibility for indicating both the hours and minutes. A white hand, incorporating a prominent red tip, depicts the time in 5-minute segments. For some individuals, particularly those who choose to live life at breakneck speed, every second is seemingly of importance. However, with age comes wisdom and priorities inevitably change. Suddenly the notion of obsessing over seconds and minutes seems foolish. MeisterSinger watches are intended for this latter group of individuals. In reality, 5-minute segments of time are simple to digest and more relevant to most people’s lives.
I suspect some readers of this article may worry about readability or, more pertinently, ease of interpretation. Rest assured, it does not take long before the mind assimilates the time presented with a lone hand.
Odd-numbered date values are presented on a rotating disc. Even-numbered dates are marked with a succinct red stroke. Adjacent the date disc, a second disc indicates the prevailing date using capitalised Arabic numerals. Both discs resemble concentric circlets.
At the epicentre of the dial, a circular section plays host to the brand’s nomenclature. In addition, the name of the collection is shown in cursive text. At the top of this circular section, a red triangular index points to the current day and date. Consistent with other MeisterSinger models the display is logical and the clarity of the display is excellent.
The MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date is 40mm in diameter. The case features lightly brushed surfaces and is comprised of a bezel, case band and lugs and, lastly, the case back.
Examining the case band and lugs, there is no obvious delineation between the two elements or any noticeable joints, they fuse together seamlessly, conferring a neat, graceful aesthetic. Stroking the flank of the case and lugs reveals an incredibly smooth surface free of any roughness or sharp edges. Quite simply, the case feels incredibly refined.
The case back is retained with six screws and incorporates a pane of sapphire crystal, granting sight of the self-winding movement. Each element of the case feels intentionally understated as if to allow the dial to steal all the limelight. The only exception appears to be the fluted crown which projects from the case band noticeably. However, be rest assured, the crown sits harmoniously with the rest of the case, proves simple to manipulate and does not impair free movement of the wearer’s wrist.
MeisterSinger offer the Pangaea Day Date with a choice of two strap colours, cognac and dark brown. My press loan sported a dark brown strap which exuded luxury and felt fabulous against the skin. A reoccurring trait of this model is that everything feels refined and well made.
The German firm has equipped the MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date with a self-winding movement, either the ETA 2836-2 or the Sellita SW 220-1. The inquisitive reader may wonder why the brand uses both types of movement. However, MeisterSinger is not unique in this regard. It harks back to a time when watch brands sometimes struggled to obtain ETA movements. As I understand it, this is less of an issue these days, but several brands like to retain the flexibility of using calibres from either movement specialist. The movements share a very similar design and both measure 25.6mm in diameter. The Sellita SW 220-1 does contain one more jewel than its ETA counterpart.
The balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 25 or 26 jewels, depending on the specification. The power reserve is 38 hours.
When appraising the movement, one has to remember that the watch costs a mere £1990 (RRP as at 4.10.2019).The oscillating weight features a combination of Côtes de Genève and sunray decoration. I was unable to see any further finishing on the movement. However, considering the modest price of the MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date it would be unreasonable to expect any further embellishment.
The MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date looks very different from other models in the brand’s catalogue, especially when presented in this particular colourway. The roundel design is bold and conspicuous. Each dial indication is simple to read and the blue dial detail is bewitching.
Measuring 40mm in diameter, the case dimensions will suit the majority of wrist sizes. Each tactile encounter with the case and strap reveals a palpable dose of refinement. I found it difficult to ignore the smoothness of the case and lugs. Indeed, the peerless case execution belies the modest asking price of the watch.
I suspect many readers of this article will succumb to the charms of the MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date. It looks fabulous, proves easy to live with and brims with an impressive level of quality and refinement.
- Model: MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date
- Reference: PDD9Z17S
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 40mm; height 10.5mm; water resistance 5ATM (50 metres) sapphire crystals to the front and back
- Functions: Hours; minutes; day; date
- Movement: ETA 2836-2 or the Sellita SW 220-1; automatic movement; frequency 28,800 VpH (4Hz); contains 25 or 26 jewels (depending on the specification); power reserve 38 hours
- Strap: Choice of dark brown or cognac leather strap
- Price: £1990 (RRP as at 4.10.2019)