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Introducing The MeisterSinger Salthora, Minimalism In A Jump-Hour (Live Pics & Pricing)

The Salthora is the first fake watch from MeisterSinger to include a jumping hour display.

MeisterSinger designs replica watches with two objectives in mind: focus and restraint. They're known for their single-handed timepieces like the time-only No. 01 and Paleograph, an attractive monopusher, column-wheel chronograph. MeisterSinger replica watches are well designed, in a way that's slightly clinical but not cold. This year, the German brand launches a new model ?the Salthora ?that keeps the minimalist imperative of a single hand alive but with the addition of a simple jumping hour display.

The jumping hour module was developed by a 25-year old watchmaker, Johannes Jahnke.

First we'll cover the basics. The Salthora still operates with one central hand, like other MeisterSinger models, but in this instance the hand is just used to indicate minutes. Generally, the central hand is used to read both hours and minutes on MeisterSinger's watches, which takes some getting used to. Overall, the new display improves legibility and increases the speed of time-reading.

The 40mm stainless steel case features elegantly sloped lugs.

At 12 o'clock, you'll find a large circular aperture for the jump hour. This is the first instance of this mechanism in the MeisterSinger range. The Arabic numerals are considerably larger than those within the minute track surrounding the dial replica rolex explorer watch, eliminating any potential visual confusion with the minutes. The size of the numerals within the aperture though is a little too large though, giving the visual impression that they are crammed in there.

The Salthora uses a self-winding ETA 2824-2 movement with 38-hour power reserve.

The jumping hour module was developed in-house by 25-year old watchmaker Johannes Jahnke, said by the manufacture to be particularly talented for his age and experience level. When the mechanism was demonstrated at this year's Baselworld, the movement in hours was noticeably precise and almost instantaneous. A self-winding ETA 2824-2 movement is the base and the module connects to to the minute wheel, steadily accruing power for the jump over the course of 60-minutes. This curtails an abrupt power drain from the barrel, which would affect overall timekeeping performance.

Versions with black or blue dials offer greater contrast with the white jumping hour display.

The Salthora is offered in a 40mm stainless steel case, with four different options for the dial: white, ivory, anthracite, and a very radiant blue (all pictured below). The jumping hour on all versions consists of black arabic numerals on a white background, resulting in a high-contrast modern look on the blue and anthracite dials, and a more tonal appearance on the white and ivory dials. It might have been nice to have the jump hour discs more explicitly worked into each colorway, but the result is nice even without this.

The Salthora, with white dial on the left and ivory dial on the right.

The MeisterSinger Salthora will be available this spring at a cost of $3,200. For more information, visit MeisterSinger online.

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