The Max Bill line by Junghans are truly iconic timepieces that have remained largely unchanged since their debut in the 1960’s. The eponymous designer and architect was trained in the famous Bauhaus school in Dessau, Germany where he honed an undeniable skill at creating minimal, modern works that manage to be as refreshing today as they were at their inception.
With the Max Bill watches the play of line, form and tone creates pieces that are near perfect examples of what the everyday watch should be. Effortlessly stylish with authentic vintage flair, highly legible at all times, modest on the wrist, yet can start a conversation. They are perfect for the office, a dinner with the relatives or a casual jaunt around town. They also exude German-made quality with refined details like curved hands and impossibly thin bezels.
The idea of adding a chronograph complication to such perfectly stripped down watches as the Max Bills seems like a truly daunting task, yet Junghans pulled it off without a hitch. Featuring the J880.2 caliber which is based on the venerable Valjoux 7750, Junghans dropped the active seconds sub-dial at nine for clean, symmetrical layouts across the series. The movement is automatic and features 25-jewels, stopwatch functionality, date, 42-hour power reserve and hacking seconds (the second hand stops when the crown is pulled out).
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- Case: Polished steel
- Dial: Silver
- Movement: J880.2 / Valjoux 7750
- Complications: Chronograph, Date
- Lens: Plexiglass
- Strap: Black Leather
- Water Res.: 20 ATM
- Diameter: 40mm
- Length: 42.5mm
- Thickness: 14.4 mm
- Lug Width: 20 mm
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.