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Today we would like to take you on a journey through time into the classical modern age. The MeisterSinger Neo NE908N. Clear lines, unbeatable functionality and an iconic design language. The first thing that immediately comes to mind is the Bauhaus as a representative of this movement.
What would a watch look like today that has taken this legendary art and design epoch as its model? A watch that completely reinterprets the typical features of classic modern watches and yet manages to add its own unique touch? The Neo NE908N from MeisterSinger provides answers to these questions…
A classic MeisterSinger Neo NE908N
MeisterSinger, a relatively young German brand based in Münster, is known for its mechanical watches with the characteristic one-hand design, inspired by the early watchmakers of past centuries. Although the watches are not priced in the luxury segment, they are manufactured to an unbelievably high quality and are therefore interesting not only for beginners, but also for experienced watch connoisseurs. MeisterSinger’s particularly stylish watches with a strong formal language also include its neo-collections, timepieces in the design of classic modernism and functionalism.
Our watch comes in the version with a dial in “sunburst blue” that resembles an elegant ultramarine blue. A very classic modern colour. In addition a grey nubuck leather bracelet. At the beginning immediately noticeable: The single hour hand, almost the trademark of MeisterSinger. For those who are not yet familiar with the special characteristic – the individual hour hand measures the time in 5 minute increments. So if the hand is between 1 and 2 o’clock, the time can only be set up to 5 minutes. The result is a more pleasant sense of time and a special “vintage feeling”.
If you are interested in this unconventional way of measuring time, you can read our review about the MeisterSinger Perigraphen and find out more about the principle of single-handed watches.
A watch that quotes modernity everywhere – MeisterSinger Neo NE908N
So far so good. The Neo with its 36mm case diameter is extremely dainty. If this is too small for you, you can switch to the slightly larger Neo Plus models. The case is made of polished stainless steel and has a very solid bottom. The MeisterSinger lettering and the logo are engraved in the case back. A loving detail: The logo has been engraved several times into a circular, repeating structure around the lettering. Abstract art – entirely in the style of classical modernism. Hard shell, Swiss core: inside there is a Swiss automatic movement, either an ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW 200-1 movement with a power reserve of 38 hours. The Neo is water-resistant up to a maximum pressure of 3 bar.
How to read the time on a typical MeisterSinger watch, we have just mentioned. Nevertheless, further details of the dial are worth mentioning. For example, the fine, clear and thin lines that can be found everywhere in the design of the Neo. The fine printing on the dial and the wafer-thin hour hand, which guarantees the legibility of the 144 markings, are particularly praiseworthy. Quality Made in Germany…where did the Bauhaus come from? Oh yes, Weimar. The silver applications, i.e. hour hands and markings, make a very noble impression on the dark blue dial and the polished stainless steel.
Apart from the time, the Neo has only one other display, the current date. Circular like the watch itself and with white numerals on a chimney red background. Fireplace red…where was this colour still frequently used? Right, at the Bauhaus. Let’s keep in mind: a very functional, reduced and at the same time noble dial with a straightforward typography. The dial is protected by flat Hesalit glass. The basis for this glass is plastic acrylic, which has been used in industry, art and medicine since the 1920s at the latest. In many cases also in the classical modern age. Together with the extremely discreet bezel, this is another homage to bygone times. The grey nubuck leather bracelet has a stainless steel buckle with Meistersinger logo and a fine white seam. The wearing comfort is pleasant.
Result MeisterSinger Neo NE908N
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most important architects and designers of the modern age and visionary at the Bauhaus, always designed according to the motto “less is more”. What becomes clear to us after this review: the MeisterSinger Neo works exactly according to this motif. Because less is really more here. The clear lines, the dial with its unadorned numerals that is very reduced to the most important information and the loving details we have found all pay homage to what the watch is after all.
A dignified representative of classic modernism. Functional, clear and groundbreaking. And yet the manufacturer has managed to apply the iconic era to the typical MeisterSinger single-handed watch design. And with further details such as the date display in the truest sense of the word
Since 2001, very special mechanical wristwatches have been manufactured in the Westphalian city of Münster, Germany: They have only one single hand with a fine needle point that enables the wearer to read the time. MeisterSinger-founder Manfred Brassler and his team of 14 co-workers create their classical timepieces with this unique characteristic in the technical and cultural tradition of early watchmaking, as it were tower clocks that – ever since – needed nothing more than one single hand. Despite that one single hand, the time can be easily read in five-minute increments, because Brassler gave his watches the practical, clear readability that classical gauges and measuring instruments still have today.
MeisterSinger is very strong within the domestic market, however the brand is also well established abroad: Barneys in New York or Le Bon Marché in Paris display the single hand watches in their stores. Today the collection includes 21 different series with over 70 watch variations, several of which were already awarded with design prizes, such as red dot Award or German Design Award.
Gallery MeisterSinger Neo – Photos by WATCHDAVID
For more information visit: www.meistersinger.de