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Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches

Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches Watch Releases

Junghans has announced new additions to the Max Bill by Junghans collection. The notable feature of these new additions is their increased dimensions, while remaining true to the original Bauhaus design.

The Bauhaus school of design began life as an art school in Germany in 1919, but went on to influence all the arts, architecture, typography, and industrial design for decades. Bauhaus is recognizable by the absence of ornamentation, and the form and function of an object working together seamlessly.

Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches Watch Releases

Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches Watch Releases

An example of Bauhaus architecture further above, and a tripod chair by Max Bill. This is also Bauhaus.

Bauhaus began as a school for industrial design, and while it’s most associated with furniture and architecture, it originally didn’t have an architecture component at the school at all. The architectural output from 1919-1927 was quite small. It was only after 1927, after Max Bill had left the school and moved to Zurich, that architecture became a focus, but the style is characterized by simplicity, eliminating anything extraneous.

Those aforementioned key elements fit nicely with the restrained styling which Junghans is known for – they do have the “Technology” and the “Erhard Junghans” collections, which are a bit more flashy, but when we hear the word Junghans, we like to think of clean lines and uncluttered designs. It is no wonder, then, that Max Bill’s influence works rather well for the brand.

Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches Watch Releases

A kitchen wall-clock designed by Max Bill in the mid-1950s for Junghans

Bill studied at Bauhaus under Vassily Kandinsky, and has the reputation as one of the biggest influences on Swiss graphic design in the 1950s. He designed elegant clocks and watches for Junghans in the ’50s and ’60s – just like the one you see above – and that is the classic design that Junghans is revisiting today.

Historically, the Junghans Max Bill three-hand watches have always been either manually wound or available in quartz movements, with the Chronoscope chronograph models equipped with automatic movements being an exception. New to the collection are two automatic powered Junghans Max Bill watches and a men’s Junghans Max Bill quartz.

Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches Watch Releases

The cases of the Junghans Max Bill men’s collection are all 38mm, which is a nice size without being too small or too large, especially for this watch, which I think fits in the casual-to-dress spectrum. I think I would be just as at home wearing it with an unstructured jacket, as I would in jeans and a t-shirt. The straps are calfskin with a stainless steel buckle to match the stainless steel case. The crystals are plexi, hearkening back to the time when Max Bill first collaborated with Junghans. Many watch companies used plexiglass up until the late ’70s/early ’80s.

The caliber inside is a 25-jewel, 38-hour power reserve movement, with Junghans engraved on the rotor. This is pretty much the best of both worlds: a reliable automatic movement with the understated elegance of German design.

Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches Watch Releases

Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches Watch Releases

The Junghans Max Bill design has stayed true to its origins, and has luminescent dots at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and a double dot at 12 o’clock, ensuring that the pure dial is easily legible in the dark. The two automatic Junghans Max Bill models are offered in either a slate-grey dial and beige-colored calfskin strap combination, or in what Junghans calls jet black. Junghans also offers Junghans Max Bill watches in quartz, and has had a lot of success with the quartz-powered Junghans Max Bill ladies watches. Based on that success, they’re launching a men’s model called the Junghans Max Bill Quarz. The quartz watches will be available with dials in white, matte silver-plate, or a dark dial with sunray cut.

Pricing is reasonable, for classic design and an automatic movement: The automatics, 027/3401.00 (black dial, brown calfskin strap) and 027/3400.00 (black dial, black calfskin strap) can be bought for $1,031. The quartz-equipped 047/4355.00 in white dial, white strap will be available for $577, and the 041/4464.00 in white dial with black strap, $649.  junghans.de

Tech specs from Junghans:

  • Case: stainless steel, 38.0 mm
  • Movement: J800.1 self-winding movement, 25 jewels, 38 hours power reserve, engraved Junghans logo on rotor
  • Crystal: convex hard plexiglass with SICRALAN* coating, developed for the automotive industry, with improved scratch-resistance
  • Strap: calfskin strap with stainless steel buckle
  • Features: dial markings, hour and minute hands with environmentally friendly luminous substance, waterproof

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  • funkright1

    I want a watch like this but in a 42-43mm. I know many would say ‘to large’ but that’s what I am looking for, so far it has been hard to find 🙁

  • fararskey

    funkright1 – 40 mm would be enough, these are all-dial, no-bezel which looks bigger than it is. Even I – with my 8.5 inch wrist – would be happy with 40mm Bauhaus Junghans 🙂

    And by the by, automatic Max Bills are not a novelty – Junghans made them before. The difference between auto and manual was two milimeters in size; manual-wound models were all 34 mms, automatics were 36 mms. Just so we’re clear…

  • Fraser Petrick

    The perfect watch for me. Clean and functional. No bling, no frills, no excess. Simplicity is always best

  • kunokephalos

    funkright1 Have you looked at Nomos – impeccable design, I particularly like the Metro but their largets at 42 mm is not dissimilar to this one – same school of visual cues – Nomos Club Automat, beautiful execution, small seconds. You might also look at the Panzera Breuer line, very very similar to this one but goes up to 44mm, they use a basic but dependable Miyota movement and are very attractively priced.

  • BIGCHRONO

    These lower prices are a welcome respite after enduring shakedowns from Hublot, & other gouging entries.

  • antjay

    I really like the black faced version . I would need to try one on for size as 38mm may be just a little small . I hope someone in Australia stocks these . I am in love !

  • Love this style, but I wish they increased to 40 to 42mm. I’d buy one tomorrow; I have love the chrono scope for a long time, and both times I tried it on I shied away due to the size.
    Who makes the movements?

  • 5803822

    Souless minimalism – no thanks, not even at $1K

  • Churlish

    SuperStrapper

    ETA for the automatics (2824 and Valjoux 7750, I believe)., ETA 2801-2 for the hand wound. Don’t know about the quartz..

  • DG Cayse

    I like it.
    I seem to be a “Ralph Lauren” – type person who likes “Bauhaus”- type watches.
    (Nomos, Junghans, etc)

  • X2Eliah

    Y’know..

    I’ love to see a Junghans-designed interpretation of a dive watch.  That would probably look exactly nothing like a submariner…

  • Zeitblom

    Pretty nice, but too small.

    “environmentally friendly luminous substance,”

    That sounds like a useful phrase. “That cat over there appears to have some environmentally friendly luminous substance in
    its eyes.”

  • Ilow

    Slate grey dial with the aged-lume looks great. With such a large dial these will surely wear bigger. Very tempted!

  • joshgraves

    I dig it, but being that this is the 21st century, I would like to see a sapphire crystal versus acrylic.

  • Ulysses31

    I love watches with a thin bezel and large clear dial, so these are perfect for satisfying my occasional minimalist cravings.

  • Shawnnny

    These are growing on me the more I see them. Victor, don’t be afraid to smile!

  • Zeitblom Unless you are part of the environment and happen to be a mouse.

  • X2Eliah Nomos Ahoi (even though they don’t have  rotating bezels and are not fully ISO 6425 compliant):

    https://www.ablogtowatch.com/nomos-ahoi-atlantik-hands/
    https://www.ablogtowatch.com/nomos-ahoi-sport-watches-compared/

  • Lurch

    Nice looking watches but why at this price point don’t they have sapphire crystals?

  • Lurch I wondered that too. I checked their website and most of their other watches do have sapphire crystals. So I think they did this to be in keeping with retro style of this watch. But I still would not have done it.

  • marbstiu

    A Faux-tina / Manufactured Patina watch in 2014?

  • supermundane

    If anyone is looking for an even more affordable Bauhaus styled timepiece to the beautiful Max Bill series, they should consider the Dugena Festa. German-made with a Miyota 9015 movement (or quartz) and a domed sapphire.

  • spiceballs

    An attractive minimalist design.  For what it is price seems a little high, perhaps due to ETA content and German  design.

  • thornwood36

    Lovely lovely lovely

  • StopevilAndroid

    Loads of nice photography in this article. Might it be a good idea to show the photography workflow, color consistency, color swatches, color profiles, grading, why you calibrate your monitor, why you work under neutral lighting conditions ? Victor is very keen to learning all this because he doesn’t get it yet.