The Junghans Meister (Master in German) line dates back to the 1930’s when it was originally developed to demonstrate the brands’ highest technical achievements. Now, the Meister line celebrates the history of the brand through vintage-inspired designs ranging from simple dress watches to calendar complications and chronographs. Throughout the line you will find Junghan’s dedication to clean, restrained design and high-quality finishing.
The relationship between Junghans and automobiles dates all the way back to the late 1800s. Arthur Junghans was passionate about the developing industry, he himself owning a Daimler test vehicle, and was close friends with Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler. The Meister Driver series pays homage to this history, getting focused inspiration from two German classic automobiles; Maybach and Mercedes. Specifically, the watches draw on the two-tone tachometers from these vehicles during the early to mid-twentieth century. With lumed dials and playful use of color, they represent the sportier side of the Meister line.
The Meister Driver Hand Wound is the clearest expression of the vintage tachometer concept. With its bold, geometric numerals, wide polished hands and large contrasting sub-dials they look like they are cut straight out of dashboards. Inside is the hand-wound mechanical J815.1 caliber, based on the ETA/Peseux 7001. This heavily decorated movement features 17-jewels, small seconds, 42-hour power reserve and a beat rate of 21,600 bph. It is also remarkably thin at just 2.5mm, allowing for generally thinner watch design. The J815.1 can be viewed through the amply sized display case-back.
Since 1861, the town of Schramberg, Germany, nestled sleepily in the Black Forest, has been home to one of the greatest names in German watchmaking: Junghans. For over a century and a half, the brand has produced a stunning array of watches and clocks for almost every conceivable application, from egg timers to cockpit clocks for Bf-109 fighter aircraft, but today their collection is comprised mostly of a few lines of clean, design-oriented timepieces.
Junghans’ style trends toward sleek minimalism, with a healthy dose of mid-century style to keep things unique and interesting. This shines through especially well in their Meister Pilot series, with a one of a kind scalloped rotating bezel based on the pilot’s chronographs Junghans supplied to the newly reforming German air force, in the 1950s. The real star of the show for Junghans, however, is the Max Bill series, named after the eponymous Bauhaus designer.