After my European travels a month or so ago, I have got myself another one of those wonderful ONE Handed watches for which I seem to have a love/hate relationship. I say this as I had a similar model to this some years ago, but got rid of it for the same reason I bought it – that One handed design. So what’s changed?
This is the MeisterSinger model Neo Q,
which again is One handed but this one is quartz powered, so low maintenance (stick it on the wrist and forget). However the main difference from my old mechanical Perigraph model is that it is NOT Perigraph.
And because of this fact the dial is much simplified and for me that is the whole point of single hand. It IS easier to read. And to assist in this aspect it has new typography too with much clearer lettering and now sports a round Date window @6 which suits the overall look.
This model is stainless steel cased and is a neat 36 mm diameter, which being honest is a perfect size for the average wrist. It is beautifully finished, sleek and smooth with a suede leather buckle strap. My model here is the black dial with white hands and numerals – it was a toss up between the normal white with black notifications, but I chose this version.
It IS however a delight to read. It is very easy to so do and very clear. Each hour is divided into quarter, half and three quarters and in between these into 5 minute segments – and it is surprisingly accurate to read. Not having a second hand means that unlike most quartz models there is no jerky ticking of the second hand – instead the Hour hand (no minute hand either) very slowly and majestically sweeps around the hours with a rather stylish grace that I find very agreeable.
Note on the image the case top is a larger diameter than the underside. This is because the case profile is undercut, allowing perfect fitting of the straight cut strap. Also the strap features a quick release fitting spring-bar.
This model is not luminous which is an omission in my opinion, but basically this is a dress watch, hence the lowly 3 Bar water resistance, but certainly adequate for the intended purpose.
Overall a very nice watch to own – I like it.