Every now and then a CEO will take it upon themselves to snap up the reigns and do what they think is best for their brand. Usually that’s just about when everything goes to hell, with awful timepieces that nobody could possibly want. For Meistersinger, it’s what led to one of its coolest pieces to date.
The Metris is already a brilliant watch. A sportier take on Meistersinger’s one-hand design, it’s elongated lugs create a cushion shape reminiscent of an Italian diver. It’s clean, simple and rugged all at once, and available in bronze, steel or DLC steel with a few inoffensive dial colours. Then there’s this bright yellow number.
Built solely as a showcase at Baselworld, this piece isn’t even in the Meistersinger catalogue. It was designed to spice up the stand with an eye-catcher and did what it was meant to; pretty much everyone that saw it fell in love. It even earned a nickname: the Mellow Yellow. I was more than happy to get it on my wrist.
The overarching design of the Metris is taken from sports watches of the 70s and the bright yellow really leans into that – more so even than the rest of the collection. It stands out all the more against the black DLC case and is slightly gradiated so that it’s not too two-dimensional.
On the wrist it feels fantastic. It’s a vintage-inspired 38mm wide, though with the elongated lugs is a good deal bigger top to bottom. That’s no bad thing; quite the opposite. Without that subtle size increase, it would feel a little small for a sports watch, especially one with 200m water resistance. It’s not too weighty and, being brighter than the rest of the Metris collection, is pretty much the perfect holiday watch.
Then, importantly, there’s the concept Meistersinger has made its name with: how many hands do you need to tell the time? Their answer, at least in their most instantly-recognisable timepieces, is one. By breaking down each hour into 12, denominated into 5-minute segments, you can quickly estimate the time to the nearest minute or two.
For accuracy purists, it’s a terrifying idea; for everyone else, it’s a cool alternative to the usual three-hand layout. I’ve always wondered though how well it actually works in daily life. The answer is… pretty well.
I have to admit, it took me a while to get used to the new way of reading a watch. I kept glancing at the hour then automatically searching for the non-existent minute hand. By the end of my time with the Metris I was getting better at it, but as I swap watches every so often it would take me quite a while. If this is your daily watch though, you’ll get it in no time.
If you’re a little tired of all the retro, bronze pieces out there, all the vintage-inspired sports watches that play it safe, then the Meistersinger Metris ‘Mellow Yellow’ is perfect. Cool, sporty and begging for the sun, if you see one, snap it up immediately. Otherwise, hope and pray it makes it into the catalogue at some point soon.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: MeisterSinger Metris ‘Mellow Yellow’
Case/Dial: 38mm diameter x 10.3mm thickness, black DLC-coated stainless steel
Movement: Cal. ETA 2824-2, automatic
Power Reserve: 38h
Frequency: 28,000 VpH (4 Hz)
Water Resistance: 200m (20 bar)
Strap: Black leather
Price & Availability: £1,490
More information at MeisterSinger’s website.