Moonphase shines brightly in latest Meistersinger Stratoscope watches


Meistersinger wisely avoided joining the digital cluster bomb of brands launching watches at Watches and Wonders.

It unveiled a desirable limited edition Astroscope back in February and has another significant launch lined up for the end of May.

Hopefully the brand will also find a way to hold a celebration party for this, its 20th anniversary year.


Today, Meistersinger reveals a fresh Stratoscope, which is essentially a moonphase that tells the time rather than a timekeeper with a moonphase sub display.

The 43mm steel watch has a dial designed to look like the night sky as it fades from jet black at the top to a shimmering blue bottom third.

Meistersinger says it is reminiscent of the aurora borealis visible in the far north.

The darker top half of the watch is dominated by an unusually large and bright moonphase display that, in theory, only requires correcting every 128 years.

This is better than most normal watches achieve with moonphase complications because Meistersinger’s movement precisely shows the moon taking 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 2.9 seconds to circumnavigate the earth. Most watches round this figure down to 29.5 days via the movement, which means they deviate by eight hours per year and need adjusting by one complete day every third year.

The moonphase, date and Meistersinger’s signature single hour hand to show the time are driven by a modified Sellita SW220 automatic calibre that the German watchmaker has named the MS Luna movement.

It goes on sale this month for $4,395.

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