The Max Bill line by Junghans are truly iconic timepieces that have remained largely unchanged since their debut in the 1950’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.
The first product Max Bill designed for Junghans, however, was not a watch, but rather a wall-mounted kitchen clock. Another iconic design, it featured a gorgeous tear-drop shape that is more emotive than what is typically seen from the decidedly minimalist Max Bill watches. The beauty of the clock isn’t just in its shape or powder blue color, but also in its functionality, mixing a clock and a kitchen timer into a single construction.
Recreated in 2022, the Max Bill Kitchen Clock keeps true to the original design from 1956, but with some modern updates. Made out of ceramic, the body is stunning mid-century sculpture that is emphasized my a massive domed crystal over the white glazed dial. Now powered by quartz, the two-handed time keeper is even more precise. At the bottom of unit is a mechanical 60-minute timer, perfect for tracking most kitchen tasks from roasting to baking to letting your tea steep.
- Body: Ceramic
- Crystal: Mineral
- Movement: Junghans German-made Quartz, Mechanical 60-minute timer
- Width: 25.4mm x 17.78mm / 10” x 7”
- Depth: 5.72mm / 2.25”
- Requires AA Batteries
- Made in Germany
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.