Three renowned German watchmaking companies – Sinn Spezialuhren zu Frankfurt am Main, Sächsische Uhrentechnologie Glashütte (SUG) and Uhren-Werke-Dresden (UWD) – have come together for an exciting project. The result of this Meisterbund, or cooperation of master craftsmen, is the auspiciously and aptly named ‘Meisterbund I’, which will be expected to be available as from spring 2016. Model ‘6200 Meisterbund I’ from Sinn Spezialuhren will delight many a watch lover – not least due to the high-quality hand-wound calibre used in this extraordinary watch, which is limited to just 55 pieces.
The three companies are indeed masters of their trade, meeting the highest demands in terms of material, precision and quality. With a trained eye for detail, they actively contribute their know-how, experience and values to the project. Sinn Spezialuhren, for example, stands for high-quality mechanical timepieces made in Germany and valued by pilots, divers, firefighters and rescue workers. Special units such as the maritime unit GSG9 also count on the application quality of the timepieces.
SUG works with several renowned watchmakers and is also the leading manufacturer of cases. Since 1998, SUG has been making exclusive, technologically advanced cases, for example from stainless steel, titanium, submarine steel and precious metals. Since its foundation, the company has had a close affiliation with Sinn Spezialuhren, not least due to the fact that Lothar Schmidt was one of the founding partners in 1999 and continues to be a major shareholder to this day. SUG has been making technologically advanced cases for Sinn Spezialuhren ever since.
UWD, on the other hand, has committed itself to strengthening the competitiveness of German watchmaking. In a state-of-the-art production facility, everything from individual watch components to complete movements and watches are developed and produced. The result is products characterised by their exclusivity.
For the Meisterbund I project, SUG is responsible for building and manufacturing the case made of 18-carat rose gold. Sinn Spezialuhren shapes the ‘face’ of the watch in line with the company’s traditional masterpieces. And UWD is responsible for manufacturing the high-quality hand-wound calibre with second-stop function – a development that Sinn Spezialuhren has been accompanying for some time now. The fact that the watch is crafted and assembled entirely in Germany also makes the Meisterbund I impressive proof of the innovative capabilities of German engineers and craftsmen.
UWD’s hand-wound calibre made of nickel-silver alloy with flying spring barrel is a prime example of precision and the art of traditional watchmaking. For example, the watch has a 55-hour power reserve, where the watch´s rate can be adjusted by turning the balance assembly´s eccentric weight screws in the balance system. This also offsets the imbalance in the complete oscillating system of the watch. The regulator system, on the other hand, provides a convenient range of capabilities for further precision adjustment and beat setting.
Also noteworthy is the fact that all parts of the movement have a high-quality finish. Plates and cocks are characterised by matte, diamond-planed edges. The combination of matte and polished surfaces gives the movement an exquisite feel, while the diamond profiles underscore the high level of quality. The elegant case is made of 18-carat rose gold. The sapphire crystal glass provides a clear view of the guilloché dial. The impression of a consistently designed watch is completed by the fact that the manufactured movement with a diameter of 33 mm so harmoniously fits into the case which has a diameter of 40 mm.
The Meisterbund I is limited to 55 pieces, a subtle reference to the 55th anniversary of Sinn Spezialuhren next year. This is documented by a stylish engraving on the case back.