In the 18th century, it wasn't always the biggest ship or the boldest captain who beat the open sea. If you wanted to set sail into the history books, you needed three things: a stiff wind, a clear sky and an impeccable timekeeper. These days you may not rely on constellations and currents to keep you on course, but a precision timepiece is still a must. We created the Stauer Meridian Power Reserve to get where you want to go.
Our inspiration came from a collection of vintage timepieces on display at the National Maritime Museum in London. Near the grounds of the Royal Observatory, I got a closer look at the 250-year-old marine clocks. They were invaluable tools for nautical navigation, but also stunning examples of the watchmaker's art.
Much more than a watch, the Stauer Meridian is a classically complicated time machine. At the center of the dial, twin complications mark the minutes and hours in dual time zones (set one for where you are and one for where you want to be). Like those nautical masterpieces, it's also equipped with a power reserve indicator which shows exactly how much stored energy remains in the mainspring. Few complications are as coveted, or practical, and the dial ensures that your watch never "runs out of gas."
The Meridian's orchestra of complications work together to compose a hierological symphony. Yes, it's the same time you can find on your dashboard or cell phone. But here, on the guilloche face of the Stauer Meridian, time seems infinitely more civilized. A solitary hand counts the seconds on the wide outer dial and the retrograde date window sweeps across the bottom of the face. Your watch is powered by an automatic mechanical movement that never needs batteries. The Meridian is water-resistant to 5 ATMs and secures with a genuine brown leather strap. Finally, unlike the intrepid explorers of old, you won't have to wander for months in search of precious treasure, because every Stauer Meridian comes with its own. Fits wrists 6 ¾" - 8 ½".