German watchmaker MeisterSinger is worldwide renowned for the creation of watches with a single hand to indicate the time. And although the brand also produces watches with more than one hand or with a “jumping hour” indication, the name MeisterSinger has become a synonym of single hand watch.
One might think that it is difficult to present something new while using just one hand to indicate the time. On the contrary, in the last few years MeisterSinger has been able to keep surprising us with original novelties each year.
This is also the case of the MeisterSinger Lunascope, a watch that was introduced at Baselworld 2018 and that we recently had the opportunity to test for a week.
The new model comes in an ideally sized 40 mm stainless steel case with a polished finish and it is available in two dial variations: with a sunburst dial in the same dark blue of the moon’s background (ref. LS908) or with a silvery opaline dial (ref. LS901).
Differently, the MeisterSinger Lunascope — once correctly set and assuming that the watch runs continuously — only needs to be corrected by one day every 128 years!
To achieve this result, MeisterSinger equipped the Swiss automatic ETA 2836 movement with a MeisterSinger moon-phase module which integrates two additional gear systems incorporating four wheels to drive the moon disc and a further two wheels for the setting mechanism.
Beating at 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and offering 38 hours of power reserve, the beautifully finished movement and its rotor engraved with the logo of the brand can be viewed through the screwed glass exhibition back.
Reading the time on the Lunascope is easy and even fun once you get accustomed to the concept of a single hand sweeping over the 12 hours divided by 144 markers, each representing 5 minutes. The dial also offers the always useful date indication at 6 o’clock.
The round case is flawlessly finished with curved lugs for enhanced comfort on the wrist and an extra-large crown adorned with an embossed MeisterSinger logo - the musical notation for a pause.
The Lunascope can be matched to a wide variety of straps that can be equipped with a pin buckle or a deployant clasp. Thanks to MeisterSinger’s quick release system, it takes just few seconds to change straps without needing any tool.
It was fun to change from a dark brown leather strap to a less formal cognac-toned one. Through its web site, MeisterSinger allows you to preview how the model look with the various options.
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