2019 marks the 100th commemoration of Bauhaus and German watchmaker Junghans commends its working relationship with Bauhaus Swiss designer Max Bill with the Max Bill Automatic 100 Jahre Bauhaus watch and this restricted edition of 222 sets comprised of a programmed chronograph and table clock – the Junghans Max Bill Edition Set 2019. As you would expect, the fundamental “form follows function” and the judicious and useful way of thinking of Bauhaus invade the disposition of both timepieces.
Two German Institutions
Junghans was established in 1861 by Erhard Junghans in Schramberg (Black Forest) and by 1903 had become the biggest producer of clocks on the planet, creating more than 3 million watches a year.
The Staatliches Bauhaus was established by designer Walter Gropius in 1919. Known as Bauhaus “building house”, this German craftsmanship school (1919-1933) would become famous for its perfectionist, innovator way to deal with human expressions and would apply a huge impact on realistic, inside and modern plan. The precepts of Bauhaus incorporated the shortfall of ornamentation and the concordance between the capacity of an article and its design.
Max Bill – Swiss Designer of the Bauhaus School – Source Wikimedia An illustration of Junghans Kitchen Clock by Max Bill – Photo by MOMA
Max Bill , a Swiss craftsman who had learned at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1927-1928 and would go on to establish the Ulm School of Design, was commissioned by Junghans to plan a kitchen clock. Max Bill’s kitchen clock for Junghans was an outflow of idealist esthetics and usefulness “as far eliminated from any design as possible“.
The Junghans Max Bill Edition Set 2019
The plan of this chronograph depends on Max Bill’s watches of the mid 1960s where decipherability, usefulness and downplayed configuration were the employable words. The hardened steel case has a 40mm measurement and a thickness of 14.4mm. The slim bezel, with the cylinder style chronograph pushers on the correct side, permits a broad perspective on the domed matte silver-plated dial. The 30-moment and 12-hour counters are adjusted vertically and portrayed in an unpretentious dark tone, a similar one utilized for the fringe minute track. Indeed, even the dark typography of great importance numerals and the “Junghans Chronoscope” lettering on the dial look back to Max Bill’s wristwatches.
The hour and moment hands are treated with a “environmentally-friendly” radiant substance. On the converse side, the screw-down caseback highlights a theoretical mathematical plan (taken from Max Bill’s Variation 15 winding plan) and the designer’s mark. The watch is fitted with a self-winding development (J880.2) with a force hold of 48 hours. By chance, the day of the week is likewise accessible in English and the watch comes with a dark calf leather lash and buckle.
Alongside the chronograph, Junghans incorporates a table clock with a dark piano enamel wooden case (165 x 175) and a mechanical development with a 8-day power save. A huge winding key is likewise given in the introduction box.
PRICE and availability
The Junghans Max Bill Edition Set 2019 is a restricted edition of 222 pieces worldwide and retails for EUR 3,475 (incl. charge). More data at www.junghans.de .