The Junghans Meister (Master in German) line dates back to the 1930s when it was originally developed to demonstrate the brand's 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 Junghans' 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 dual-register Meister Driver Chronographs perfectly exemplify the luxurious sportiness of classic automobiles. Large sub-dials and blocky numerals take centerstage on the 40.8mm cases, whose flowing curves and domed crystals radiate vintage charm. Inside of the Meister Driver Chronographs is the J880.3 Caliber. This Swiss-made movement is based on the ETA 2892 with a Dubois Depraz 2030 chronograph module, which features 45-jewels, hand-winding, 40hr power reserve, a frequency of 28,800bph and hacking (the second hand stops when the crown is pulled out).
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.