MeisterSinger Perigraph Steel blue-black
The MeisterSinger Perigraph Steel blue-black combines the brand’s beloved single-handed approach to imparting hours and minutes with a circular date display. The watch’s bewitching appearance has attracted much praise and many awards. Recently, Angus Davies seized the opportunity to sample the model and partake in a few days hands-on evaluation.
Not long ago, I wore the MeisterSinger Perigraph Steel blue-black and could not refrain from repeatedly admiring its dial. In my opinion, this watch stands out from the crowd, courtesy of its prepossessing looks and judiciously chosen hues. However, I am reminded of a well known proverb, ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’. Put simply, what one individual finds beautiful or admirable may not be appealing to someone else.
However, I am certainly not alone when it comes to admiring the MeisterSinger’s chiselled features. The design of the Perigraph Steel blue-black was named by 00/24 magazine as ‘European watch of the year’. Furthermore, reddot has presented one of its prestigious design awards to the Münster-based firm.
The MeisterSinger Perigraph Steel blue-black has been affixed to my wrist for the last week and in this feature, I recount the details of my horological romance.
Consistent with the company’s other watches, the MeisterSinger Perigraph Steel blue-black uses one dominant hand to convey the hours and minutes. Resembling an isosceles triangle, the single red-tipped hand imparts the time in 5-minute periods. For those individuals who’s life is defined in seconds, this may not be the watch for you, however, for ‘normal’ souls the lone hand and 5-minute scale should fulfil most day-to-day needs.
The lone hand has a relaxed gait, slowly circumnavigating the dial. Each hour is denoted with double-digit Arabic numerals. This two-digit format endues the dial with a cohesive look, guaranteed to sate the proclivities of all aesthetes.
Odd-numbered date values reside in a circular trench positioned near the centre of the dial. These values are applied to a rotating disc. A red triangle, located below noon, points to the prevailing date. Even-numbered hours are represented with a simple red line. The absence of a conventional hand keeps everything clean and uncluttered.
The aforementioned trench-like section is presented in black. Likewise, the minute track hugging the extremities of the dial is, once again, dressed in black. All remaining areas of the dial are delivered in an interesting shade of blue. At times this latter hue seems to blend with the previously mentioned black tones and then, in different light conditions, it assumes a mid-blue colour. Certainly, this dial surpasses the ordinary and, with its interesting reciprocity with light, bestows a sumptuous appearance.
Measuring 43mm in diameter, the MeisterSinger Perigraph Steel blue-black is fulsome, but it no way does it look ungainly. MeisterSinger state the watch has a ‘matt brushed case’. The resultant appearance is gentle, understated and free of gleam and unwanted attention.
The case is a 3-part design, including bezel, case middle/lugs and caseback. The latter component features a pane of sapphire crystal, is retained with six screws and affords sight of the movement.
The crown is generously proportioned and noticeably projects from the caseband. However, unlike some bulbous, oversized crowns, the item fitted to this MeisterSinger does not inhibit free movement of the wrist or chafe the skin. One benefit of the crown’s notable scale is that it proves simple to manipulate.
When viewing the watch from the side, one can appreciate that the lugs are modest in length and gently arc downwards. This results in watch ‘wearing smaller’ than the stated diameter would suggest.
MeisterSinger offer the Perigraph Steel blue-black on a choice of three different straps. My press loan came on a Cognac Shell Cordovan strap paired with a steel pin buckle. A delightful feature on this model is the quick-release strap system. Without any need for tools, the wearer can painlessly remove the strap and replace it for one of the brand’s many after-market alternatives.
A Sellita SW200-1 movement sits at the heart of this MeisterSinger model. Sellita is the biggest independent, family run supplier of mechanical movements in Switzerland. This specialist firm makes reliable calibres which are simple to repair and service as well as offering a high quality-price ratio. They do not purport to be Haute Horologerie creations, the modest pricing precludes this, however, Sellita’s movements have helped numerous brands democratise mechanical watch ownership.
In terms of the MeisterSinger Perigraph Steel blue-black, the oscillating weight is embellished with Côtes de Genève motif paired with a single band of sunray decoration.
The balance has a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and the rate is adjusted with a curb adjuster. The movement contains 26 jewels and, assuming the watch is fully wound, will run autonomously for 38 hours.
One glance at the MeisterSinger Perigraph Steel blue-black and a smile appears on my face. Irrespective of its modest price, the design is superb. Every element is optimally positioned and perfectly sized. There are no elements which look superfluous and, conversely, there are no obvious omissions either.
The indications are delivered in a user-friendly format, free of ambiguity. Over the years, I have worn many MeisterSinger models, hence reading the time has become second nature, however, newbies should find the dial to be intelligible, requiring minimal familiarisation.
Where the dial proves slightly enigmatic is with the blue-black tones employed. The way the dial transitions from one shade to another depending on the light source is slightly bewildering, but unequivocally attractive.
The case is palpably smooth and beautifully executed. Its matte brushed finish is tastefully understated and assumes a deferential role to the dial.
Throughout this article, I have not tried to disguise my affection for this timepiece. The German brand’s design prowess is clear to see. The Perigraph Steel blue-black indicates the hours, minutes and date with peerless lucidity while the overall composition is blessed with clean lines and a sumptuous feel.
- Model: MeisterSinger Perigraph Steel blue-black
- Reference: AM10Z17B
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 43 mm; height 11.5mm; sapphire crystal to front and exhibition case back
- Functions: Hours and minutes indicated with one hand; date
- Movement: Sellita SW 200-1; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 VpH (4Hz); 26 jewels; power reserve 38 hours
- Stap: Cognac Shell Cordovan strap paired with a steel pin buckle
- Price: £1690 (RRP as at 9.12.2020)