Junghans, the German watch company with a style for moderate watches that embrace the innovator principles of Bauhaus configuration, expands its famous Max Bill collection with a chronograph and two three-hand watches in basic black and white.
Two German Institutions
Junghans, the celebrated German watch company, was established in 1861 by Erhard Junghans in Schramberg (Black Forest) and by 1903 had become the biggest maker of checks on the planet delivering more than 3,000,000 watches per year. Max Bill, a Swiss planner, artist, painter, just as an item and visual creator, was commissioned by Junghans to plan a kitchen clock, the Exacta of 1957. As a previous understudy at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1927-1928, Max Bill’s Exacta clock – prompting a 1958 table check and in the long run wristwatches in 1961 – was an outflow of idealist esthetics and usefulness “as far eliminated from any design as possible”.
Black and white and shades of grey
Max Bill’s plan reasoning never goes downhill and the furthest down the line Chronoscope to join the family is decked out in black and white with dashes of dim. Somewhat like a black and white photo with subtleties of dim and silver, the Chronoscope shows sharp differentiations and a feeling of atemporality. Sticking to its Max Bill’s moderate, fundamental way to deal with plan, limitation is the usable word and all the surfaces include an unobtrusive, matte finish.
Max Bill Chronoscope
The Chronoscope is Junghans’ variant of a chronograph and the 40mm case in steel with a matte anthracite PVD covering shows exemplary cylinder pushers to initiate the chronograph. The meager bezel offers a liberal perspective on the matte white dial that includes a conspicuous moment/seconds track chose in dim for the focal chronograph seconds hand.
For visual originators out there, the black Arabic numerals on the dial of the Chronoscope utilize a particular textual style that was initially a custom typeface planned by Max Bill for the numbers, logo and engravings on his Exacta kitchen clock of 1957. The nearest textual style to Max Bill’s today is the ‘Spin-off Rounded’ that was created with the Max Bill Georges Vantongerloo Foundation in Switzerland.
Two vertically adjusted sub-dials – the 30-minute passed time counter is at 12 o’clock and the 12-hour counter is at 6 o’clock – highlight dark numerals situated inside a dim track. To maintain a strategic distance from disarray, the sub-dial for the passed minutes includes an ‘M’ and the hours sub-dial an ‘H’. The black numerals relating to the hours are treated with a harmless to the ecosystem glowing substance.
The focal hour and moment hands are additionally black with a luxurious matte completion and dark iridescent material. Two separate inclined gaps, one for the afternoon and the other for the date at 3 o’clock, are balanced the contrary side with the engraving Junghans Chronoscope. A domed Plexiglas, treated with an exceptional covering for improved scratch-opposition, causes the dial to seem domed as well. The watch comes with a matte dim calf leather tie with a PVD-covered pin buckle.
The Chronoscope is furnished with type J880.2, a programmed Sellita SW-500 (a clone of the Valjoux 7750) with a force save of 48 hours.
Quick facts: 40mm measurement x 14.4mm tallness – treated steel with matte anthracite PVD covering – 30m water-obstruction – screwed caseback – matte white dial with black and dark engravings – programmed development with 48h force save for quite a long time, minutes, chronograph and day/date capacities – dim calf leather lash with PVD-covered clasp – ref. 027/4008.04 – EUR 1,895
Max Bill Automatic
The core of the Bauhaus mandate of ‘structure follows work’, you’d be unable to locate any unnecessary component on the new pair of three-hand-and-date programmed watches joining the collection. Rehashing the black, white and dim shading plan of the Chronoscope, the two models come in 38mm and 34mm cases with a tallness of 10mm.
Ideal his/her watch candidates, the Max Bill Automatic couldn’t be less complex. The round steel cases with a matte anthracite PVD covering have an incredibly slender bezel permitting a perfect perspective on the matte white dial. Like the Chronoscope, the black Arabic numerals utilize a period-explicit textual style loaning the watch its retro character. The thin black hour and moment hands, alongside the numerals, are treated with radiance. The focal seconds hand is likewise incredibly smooth and arrives at all the path to the noticeable dark seconds/minutes track on the fringe of the dial. A slanted date window at 3 o’clock completes the scenery.
Again, with regards to the value purpose of these watches, the development is a programmed Sellita SW-300 (a clone of ETA 2824) with a 42-hour power hold. A dim calf leather lash with a PVD-covered pin clasp completes the package.
Quick facts: 38mm or 34mm width x 10mm tallness – tempered steel with matte anthracite PVD covering – 30m water-opposition – screwed caseback – matte white dial with black and dark engravings – programmed development with 42h force save for quite a long time, minutes, seconds and date – dim calf leather lash with PVD-covered clasp – 38mm ref. 027/4007.04 –34mm reference 027/4006.04 – EUR 1,095 (38mm) and EUR 995 (34mm)
More data at junghans.de.