$type=slider$au=0$cm=0$snip=0$rm=0$c=5$l=0$sp=6000

ADVERTISEMENT

Hands-on Review: MeisterSinger Astroscope

The new MeisterSinger Astroscope is without doubts an unusual timepiece. Not only it has the peculiarity of displaying the time by means of a single hand like most timepieces of the German brand, but it also indicates the day of the week in an unprecedented way.

MeisterSinger Astroscope

We recently had the opportunity to test and wear this eye-catching timepiece for an entire week and we are now very pleased to share our impressions and pictures with our readers.

The only hand of the Astroscope sweeps over the 12 hours divided by 144 markers, each representing 5 minutes. Reading the time in this way is easy and, why not, even fun once you get accustomed to the philosophy of a more relaxed way to consider the passing of time.

After the Lunascope launched in 2018 (you can read our review here), the Astroscope is MeisterSinger's second astronomical watch. We can place it in this category because it develops an astronomical theme - and definitely an original one - by displaying the days of the week in a fascinating  way, i.e. by associating each day to the heavenly body that gives it its name.

MeisterSinger Astroscope

In fact, the names of the days of the week in most languages are derived from the names of the classical planets in Hellenistic astrology, which were in turn brought from Mesopotomia.

In the 4th century, the Emperor Constantine the Great grafted this astrological system onto the Roman calendar, imposing the following sequence and names to the days of the week:
Dies Solis (Sun) ☉
Dies Lunae (Moon) ☽
Dies Martis (Mars) ♂
Dies Mercurii (Mercury)  ☿
Dies Jovis (Jupiter) ♃
Dies Veneris (Venus) ♀
Dies Saturni (Saturn)  ♄

This new system spread throughout the Roman Empire and was adopted, with some modifications, throughout most of western Europe: in the Germanic languages, such as Old English, the names of four of the Roman gods were converted into those of the corresponding Germanic gods.

With these celestial bodies and their classical symbols, the Astroscope shows the days of the week not in a linear or radial fashion but wandering back and forth in a constellation that only occurs every ten to twelve years in the southern night sky of the northern hemisphere. Such rare event will recur again in July 2020, when all the celestial bodies of the weekdays - Sun excluded - will be visible at the same time.

MeisterSinger Astroscope

MeisterSinger Astroscope

The Astroscope stylizes this formation on its dial; a bright dot appears on Monday at about 12 o’clock at the Moon symbol and the next day to the right at the Mars symbol. On Wednesday it appears next to Mercury at about 9 o’clock; on Thursday next to Jupiter at 3 o’clock, and so on.

MeisterSinger Astroscope

MeisterSinger Astroscope, a detail of the dial

The dot appearing next to the day of the week only apparently jumps back and forth. In reality, under the dial a large weekday disk with a number of bright dots on it moves from one day to the next moving in a circle.

When filled with yellow, the small indicator placed above the centre of the dial confirms that the day of the week has been correctly set.

MeisterSinger Astroscope

MeisterSinger Astroscope

Thanks to its colours and layout, the dial is very attractive with its blue numerals displayed in a fine serif typeface and clearly standing out against a matte black background. The dial is not flat but alternates convex and concave surfaces that add depth to the ensemble. Above the circular date window and the MeisterSinger logo there is an intimated horizon, enhancing the impression of looking up at the sky.

The hand, the indices and the days of the week are treated with a white luminescent coating that emits a blue glow if the dial was previously exposed to artificial or natural light.

MeisterSinger Astroscope: lume shot

The round case is 40 mm in diameter and 10.5 mm high, domed sapphire crystal included. Crafted from stainless steel, it features a polished finish that enhances the elegance of the timepiece. It guarantees water-resistance up to 5 bar (approximately 50 metres / 165 feet).

The lugs are slightly curved for excellent comfort on the wrist. The extra-large crown is adorned with an embossed MeisterSinger logo - the musical notation for a pause.

MeisterSinger Astroscope, a wristshot

MeisterSinger Astroscope

Visible through the sixfold screwed glass exhibition back, the self-winding movement is based on the highly reliable extensively tested Sellita SW 220-1 and customized with MeisterSinger finishes that include the engraving of the company's logo on the rotor. Beating a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and equipped with an Incabloc antishock system, it guarantees a power reserve of 38 hours.

MeisterSinger Astroscope, the movement

MeisterSinger Astroscope, the movement

The watch is matched to a cognac-toned leather strap with a stainless steel pin buckle. A wide range of straps in other colours and materials or a stainless steel Milanaise bracelet are optionally available.

MeisterSinger Astroscope

Produced with meticulous attention to details, the new MeisterSinger Astroscope ref. AS902B has a retail price of Euro 1,990 which is in line with the high manufacturing quality of the timepiece, its original complication and a truly unique look.

MeisterSinger Astroscope, a wristshot

The Astroscope is also available in a variation with "Old Radium" numerals in place of the blue ones and brown leather strap (ref. AS902OR). meistersinger.com


MeisterSinger Astroscope on the wrist

MeisterSinger Astroscope, pocket shot

COMMENTS

BLOGGER: 1
  1. Love this model. Kudos MeisterSinger!

    ReplyDelete

Name

A. Lange & Sohne,91,AkriviA,8,alarm,9,Alpina,10,Andersmann,2,Andreas Strehler,5,Angelus,4,annual calendar,31,Anonimo,14,Anthony de Haas,1,Antiquorum,2,Antoine Martin,2,Antoine Preziuso,1,Apple,1,Apple Watch,1,Aquadive,2,Armin Strom,42,Arnold and Son,21,Astarwatch,1,Atelier de Chronometrie,1,Ateliers deMonaco,2,Atmos,1,Auctions,62,Audemars Piguet,46,Autodromo,1,automaton,1,Bamford,1,Baselworld,7,BaselWorld 2013,50,BaselWorld 2014,53,Baselworld 2015,69,Baselworld 2016,27,Baselworld 2017,64,Baselworld 2018,75,Baselworld 2019,41,Baselworld 2020,2,Baume,2,Baume et Mercier,27,Bell & Ross,27,Bernard Lederer Universe,1,bespoke,1,Blancpain,53,BLU,1,blue dial,3,Bonhams,2,Bovet,8,Brands histories,1,Breguet,76,Breitling,49,Bremont,1,Bremont Watch Company,4,Breva,2,bronze,18,Bücherei,1,Bulgari,57,Bulova,1,Burberry,1,C3H5N3O9,1,carbon,1,carillon,1,Carl F. Bucherer,2,Carl Suchy,1,Carrera,4,Cartier,41,ceramic,5,Certina,5,Chanel,2,Chaumet,3,chiming hour,4,Chopard,28,Christie's,4,Christophe Claret,5,Christopher Ward,8,chronograph,419,chronometer,28,Chronoswiss,3,Citizen,3,co-axial,1,column-wheel,7,complete calendar,11,complications,76,concept watch,5,Concord,1,constant-force,29,Corum,16,CSEM,1,Cyrus,10,Czapek,5,Davosa,1,Daytona,3,De Bethune,18,de Grisogono,3,dead seconds,16,detent escapement,2,DeWitt,9,diving,3,diving watches,211,double regulator,2,Doxa,7,drei,1,dress watches,329,dual time,78,Ebel,1,Eberhard,26,Edox,1,El Primero,29,Emile Chouriet,1,Emmanuel Bouchet,1,enamel dial,8,enamelling,14,Equation of time,7,ETA,1,Eterna,18,exhibitions,1,F.P.Journe,29,Faberge,2,Favre-Leuba,1,feature article,37,features,74,Ferdinand Berthoud,3,flyback,38,Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie,1,Fortis,4,Franck Muller,6,Frederique Constant,11,Gallet,1,Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix,8,Georg Jensen,1,George Daniels,3,Gerald Charles,1,Gerald Genta,3,Girard-Perregaux,40,Glashuette,16,Glashuette Original,39,Glashütte,30,Glashütte Original,69,Glycine,4,GMT,70,GoS,1,GoS Watches,1,GPHG,8,GPHG2019,1,Graham,5,Grand Feu,3,Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve,12,Grand Seiko,18,Grande Complication,21,Grande Sonnerie,5,Greubel Forsey,26,Gronefeld,7,Grönefeld,7,Grossmann,3,guilloché,2,H. Moser and Cie,27,H20 Watch,1,Habring,8,Habring2,9,Hajime Asaoka,1,Hallmark of Geneva,2,Hamilton,23,hands-on,38,Harry Winston,11,Hautlence,5,Hermes,19,high jewellery,1,Hublot,17,Hybris Artistica,1,Hydro Mechanical Horologists,7,HYT Watches,13,Icon,1,In pictures,7,independent watchmaker,10,industry news,153,Interviews,2,IWC,102,Jaeger-LeCoultre,91,Jaquet Droz,44,Jean-Francois Mojon,1,JeanRichard,3,jumping hours,26,Junghans,8,Kaj Korpela,1,Kari Voutilainen,6,Kenissi,1,Korpela,1,Krayon,2,Kudoke,1,Ladies watches,119,Lang & Heyne,2,Lange,27,large date,1,Laurent Ferrier,18,Laureus,1,Le Garde Temps,1,Leica,1,Lemania,1,Leroy,3,Linde Werdelin,1,Longines,51,Louis Erard,1,Louis Moinet,5,luxury steel watch,6,LVMH,7,LVMH 2020,6,Maîtres du Temps,1,Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps,3,Manufacture Royale,3,marine chronometer,1,Maurice de Mauriac,1,Maurice Lacroix,5,MB&F,32,MCT,1,MeisterSinger,44,meteorite,1,metiers d'art,1,Mido,10,military watches,12,Minerva,1,Ming,1,Minute Repeater,40,monopusher chronograph,1,Montblanc,50,moon phases,98,Moritz Grossmann,25,Moser,26,Muhle,4,Mühle-Glashütte,3,mystery watches,2,Nautilus,5,New Britain Corp,1,new watches,2234,Nomos,37,Norqain,5,Ochs und Junior,4,Officine Panerai,74,Omega,110,Only Watch,5,Only Watch 2015,4,Only Watch 2017,2,Only Watch 2019,3,Oris,31,paillonne,1,Panerai,74,Parmigiani,4,Parmigiani Fleurier,20,Pascal Coyon,1,Patek,20,Patek Philippe,84,Pedrozo & Piriz,1,perpetual calendar,95,Perrelet,7,Phenomen,1,Philippe Dufour,1,Phillips,6,Piaget,21,Pierre DeRoche,1,pilot watch,70,Pita,1,planetarium,1,platinum,2,pocket watch,3,pocket watches,2,Poincon de Geneve,2,Porsche Design,15,Pre-SIHH 2016: Cartier - Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton,1,pulsometer,5,Purnell,1,quartz,4,Rado,11,Ralf Tech,2,Ralph Lauren,2,rattrapante,16,Raul Pages,1,Raymond Weil,1,rectangular watches,7,reddot award,1,regulator,16,remontoire,4,Remy Cools,1,Reservoir,1,resonance,11,Ressence,6,retrograde,5,Revelation,1,Reverso,16,review,37,Richard Mille,68,Richemont,4,Richmond,1,Roger Dubuis,11,Roger Smith,1,Roger W. Smith,1,Rolex,42,Romain Gauthier,9,Romain Jerome,1,Royal Oak,18,Rudis Sylva,1,Seiko,27,SevenFriday,2,SIHH,3,SIHH 2012,4,SIHH 2013,25,SIHH 2014,36,SIHH 2015,43,SIHH 2016,44,SIHH 2017,40,SIHH 2018,43,SIHH 2019,53,Singer,2,Singer Reimagined,3,single hand,8,single-hand watches,10,Sinn,13,skeleton,17,smartwatch,7,solar energy,1,Sotheby's,5,Speake-Marin,4,Speedmaster,17,split seconds,11,sport watches,544,Spring Drive,2,squelette,40,steampunk,1,Steinhart,1,striking time,11,SuisseMecanica,1,sunrise,2,sunset,2,Swatch,3,Swatch Group,13,table clocks,3,Tag Heuer,98,technical insight,2,terra Cielo Mare,1,Tiffany,16,Tissot,4,titanium,2,top news,74,Torsti Laine,1,tourbillon,249,Trilobe,1,Tudor,19,Tulloch,1,Tutima,2,ultra thin,26,Ulysse Nardin,31,Union Glashutte,5,Urban Jurgensen,28,Urwerk,17,Vacheron Constantin,71,Van Cleef & Arpels,7,Vauchier Fleurier,1,Vianney Halter,3,video,1,vintage watches,1,Vulcain,9,wandering hours,1,Watches & Wonders,30,Watches & Wonders 2020,18,Watches&Wonders,1,worldtime,37,Zenith,78,Zodiac,7,
ltr
item
Time and Watches | The watch blog: Hands-on Review: MeisterSinger Astroscope
Hands-on Review: MeisterSinger Astroscope
Review MeisterSinger Astroscope. We recently had the opportunity to test and wear the Astroscope ref. AS902B for an entire week and we are now very pleased to share our impressions and pictures with our readers. Produced with meticulous attention to details, the new MeisterSinger Astroscope ref. AS902B has a retail price of Euro 1,990 which is in line with the high manufacturing quality of the timepiece, its original complication and a truly unique look.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_h1rWhPueHE/Xsv5zrF-kKI/AAAAAAAApMk/3SXR51dBvJUBldE3WhCmmLwf1giZNtvVQCLcBGAsYHQ/s640/MeisterSinger-Astroscope-018.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_h1rWhPueHE/Xsv5zrF-kKI/AAAAAAAApMk/3SXR51dBvJUBldE3WhCmmLwf1giZNtvVQCLcBGAsYHQ/s72-c/MeisterSinger-Astroscope-018.jpg
Time and Watches | The watch blog
https://www.timeandwatches.com/2020/05/hands-on-review-meistersinger-astroscope.html
https://www.timeandwatches.com/
https://www.timeandwatches.com/
https://www.timeandwatches.com/2020/05/hands-on-review-meistersinger-astroscope.html
true
7479538179671063502
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy