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.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, Junghans released this special version of the Max Bill with some exotic features, making it very special. The most obvious differences are the bright red accents on the hands and date, giving the watch a subtle, but striking look. The 38mm steel case is rendered with a matte finish, for a more utilitarian look, and is topped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, which also slims the watch down a hair to 9.7mm. Lastly, the Bauhaus itself is depicted on the case back in glorious fashion.
The automatic version is the ideal modern update to the classic design with a slightly larger 38mm diameter. Beating inside is the caliber J800.1 which is based on the Swiss-made automatic ETA 2824-2 movement. Featuring 25-jewels, 38-hour power reserve, hacking seconds (the second hand stops when the crown is pulled out), it is a reliable workhorse movement.
Please note the Max Bill Bauhaus is not a limited edition
- Case: Matte steel
- Dial: Matte Silver
- Movement: J800.1 / ETA 2824-1
- Winding: Automatic
- Lens: Domed Sapphire
- Strap: Black Leather
- Water Res.: 30m
- Diameter: 38mm
- Length: 40mm
- Thickness: 9.7mm
- Lug Width: 20mm
- Ref: 027/4009.02
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.