Meistersinger Salthora shows is guts. Last year at BaselWorld the Salthora was released for the first time. This single hand beauty with its distinguished jumping hours mechanism.
This year a limited edition is put on the market. From behind a transparant dial the jumping hour is seen at work. Winding and releasing its power to set the number denoting the next hour appearing underneath to 12 o’clock position.
The “jumping hour” principle was first used in wristwatches during the 1920s. However, its perfection is quite a technical challenge.
The Salthora by MeisterSinger should:
- Display the “jump” exactly on the hour
- Show the hour in the window without wobbling or shaking, but jump to the middle of the window with immediate precision
- Provide the power required for the jump without impairing the smoothness of the movement
For all these reasons, MeisterSinger had a module designed for the tried-and-tested ETA-2824-2 and Sellita SW 200-1 Swiss movement, which ensures the punctual, exact jump using painstakingly balanced mechanics. The tension required for the actuating lever of the hour disk is built up by a snail attached to the minute wheel in the course of 60 minutes. Hence, power is not withdrawn suddenly from the mainspring barrel, but continually, which only influences the workings to a minimal degree.
The first Salthora is visually dedicated to the charm of watchmaking finesse. This also reveals the technical side of the design.