The Bell Hora by MeisterSinger is a contemporary single-hand watch with a sounding “Sonnerie au passage” feature at every full hour.
Winner of the renowned Red Dot award, the Bell Hora watch is now reviving a practically forgotten complication – the “Sonnerie au passage”. Exactly on the hour, the watch produces a friendly chime, alerting the wearer to the passing of time without having to look at the dial.
However, it is not pre-counted in small increments, the hourly chime is not an alarm or a countdown. It does not interrupt the flow of time, but gives it a broad, melodious backdrop. The concept is fully in line with the MeisterSinger ideal that a watch should keep time in a highly intuitive manner as its hand passes across a fine line – or by regularly triggering a sound on its way around the dial.
Church tower clocks, which relate to the “Sonnerie au passage”, also count the passing of time with their ringing mechanisms. But they also compel the listener to count: “It is now eleven o’clock.” The Bell Hora only strikes once and tells its wearer that a new hour has just begun, fully “en passant”.
Apart from the time signal, the Bell Hora thereby continually gives its wearer the good feeling of having a high-quality and extremely reliable timepiece on their wrist. Over a period of 60 minutes, the movement’s module gathers the energy for a precise, carefully measured chime. The ingenious device strikes the sound fork located behind the dial exactly on the hour.
When developing this complication, it was a matter of professional pride for MeisterSinger to go to great lengths to ensure a pleasant sound. Moreover, the pusher above the crown ensures that the hour does not ring if it is not desired, as the chime of the Bell Hora can be simply switched off. A black marking shows at a glance whether the watch is going to chime on the hour or remain silent.
MeisterSinger places great emphasis on its high recognition value. The needle-shaped hand, the double-digit numerals, and the fine line index structure make sure of that. And that is perfectly true of the Bell Hora as well, despite the spiral-shaped geometry of the dial, which not only appears to comment on the flow of time, but provides an intuitive overview of the entire day at the same time.
Model: Bell Hora
MS Bell, base Sellita SW 200, Automatic
Power reserve: 38 h
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 43 mm
4 screws exhibition back
Water resistance: 5 bar
Blue sunburst, natural ivory
Hourly chime, „Sonnerie au Passage“
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