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In the last weeks and months I have held many watches of the MeisterSinger manufactory from Münster in Westphalia in my hand and wore them on my wrist. MeisterSinger Vintago VT901.
And although single-hand watches are the typical trademark of the manufacturer, I am still amazed again and again how individual the different models are. Each collection picks up its own style, its own design epoch and combines it perfectly with the distinctive one-hand characteristic. This is what fascinates me every time anew about MeisterSinger watches, which is why I always like to share new models with you. You’re lucky, because today I want to introduce you to the MeisterSinger Vintago – a really beautiful, classic watch, which takes up the design language of the 1960s and yet looks timeless. Be curious!
Filigree and discreet – MeisterSinger Vintago VT901
Even when I took the Vintago out of its box for the first time – by the way, in the style of the 1960s – I had a single thought in my head that accompanied me again and again when I took a closer look at the watch: simply a beauty! The Vintago is incredibly minimalistic and filigree. It does not polarize, is not loud, but simply pleases. As soon as I wear it on my wrist, I feel comfortable with the watch. And that’s due to the really beautiful design.
To come back to my first description minimalistic and filigree – this is also due to the diameter of the case. At 38 millimetres, it’s not particularly large, which is not a drawback. Rather typical for the 1960s, when modern but discreet elegance was the order of the day – no room for big watches on the wrist. The case height of 10.5 millimetres fits in well with this. The case is made of brushed stainless steel. Just typical MeisterSinger and Made in Germany. The crown offers small, but fine details like the sickle-shaped logo.
Beautiful bowl, great core – MeisterSinger Vintago VT901
Anyone who knows the watch manufacturer recognizes that the case back of every MeisterSinger is the secret star of the watch. With six screws as standard, it provides a view of the fascinating movement – clearly visible through the semi-circular glass back. The other half consists of several half “rings” with fine glass arches. In my opinion, the Vintago has the most beautiful case back I have ever seen on a MeisterSinger watch. The design is rounded off with clear lines and abstract forms that again quote the 1960s, with the gold lettering of the watch manufactory and further engravings on the outer ring. A word about quality – the Vintago is in no way inferior to the other collections. Everything is very cleanly processed.
The standard movement is a Swiss Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement with 26 jewels and a power reserve of 38 hours. The Vintago is water-resistant up to a water depth of 50 metres, i.e. 5 bar.
A three-dimensional dial
My favourite with the Vintago is the dial. “Well, a single-handed watch like any other MeisterSinger also,” will think one or the other here, but compared to the Neo or the perigraph there are serious differences. The white dial is extremely functional. Apart from the numbers, the hand, logo and date display, there is nothing here – that is the clear, straight-lined and austere 60s design. The typography is simple and sans serif, black on white. The edges of the dial are convexly curved, while the centre is slightly raised. This gives the watch an interesting three-dimensional impression. The date display is set into the centre. It not only shows the current date, but also gives a glimpse of the past and the next two days. The arched recess picks up the similar structures from the back. Very good! The current date is marked with a dot. MeisterSinger Vintago VT901.
Just as simple as the numbers and the typography is also the single hour hand, which tapers towards the end and is curved. What I can only emphasize again and again and what is anything but self-evident about a watch in this price segment is the quality of the dial. MeisterSinger manages the balancing act between very fine and nevertheless well readable markings. The domed sapphire crystal adds further depth to the watch.
The leather strap is black. Discreet and functional. The wearing comfort is pleasant.
The good old 60s…
MeisterSinger goes vintage – and revives the 1960s with a watch with a matching name. The 60s were elegant. Less playful than the previous decades, but more progressive, modern and simple. This is timeless and flexible. Because the watch can be perfectly combined with many outfits for the most diverse occasions. Sporty and casual in everyday office life, the Vintago cuts a fine figure after work in its leisure outfit anyway. And for festivities it completes an elegant outfit – without attracting attention, but always understated. And that’s what I like about the watch. Because it is classic, discreet, easy to combine but neither too conspicuous, too daring, nor old-fashioned. And maybe also because we come from the same decade…oh yes, the 60s were good… MeisterSinger Vintago VT901
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 Vintago VT901.
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.
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