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Junghans FORM A Watch Is An Homage To The Color Wheel

Junghans FORM A Watch Is An Homage To The Color Wheel Watch Releases

The centenary of Bauhaus has seen a cavalcade of limited editions released by Junghans to mark the occasion. One of the most fun pieces so far is the Junghans FORM A watch, which pays homage to the color wheel created by Johannes Itten, one of the first tutors to be installed at the Bauhaus school of design. A Swiss-born painter, Itten developed a new color theory he went on to incorporate into his teaching. This 1,000-piece limited edition honors the man and his career, and the indelible influence he had on the Bauhaus school and its students.

Junghans FORM A Watch Is An Homage To The Color Wheel Watch Releases

Itten’s color wheel is based on the primary colors of blue, yellow, and red, from which the secondary colors — purple, green, and orange — can be made. So far, so good — this is all pretty elementary stuff, right? But beyond the secondary colors, there is another strata known as the tertiary colors, which are made by mixing a secondary color with a primary color again (forgive my amazement if your first grade teacher told you about tertiary colors — mine started and stopped with the color gray, which is all you need to describe the Mancunian sky). There are six tertiary colors; red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet. When these six are added to the primary and secondary colors, you have (you guessed it) 12 colors.

The transition of the colors on the dial of the Junghans FORM A watch is, therefore, logical and easy on the eye. Interestingly, Junghans elected to put yellow at the top of the dial. While most of the color wheels I’ve seen follow this pattern, it would have been easy enough to change it had they wished to. However, I believe the presence of the red scale (probably the most common accent color in watchmaking) around 3 o’clock was just a perfect coincidence, given that the 3 o’clock position on the dial is the most visible (thanks to the existence of long sleeves).

Junghans FORM A Watch Is An Homage To The Color Wheel Watch Releases

The Junghans Form A 100 Jahre Bauhaus Watch (ref. 027/4937.44) is powered by caliber j800.2, a self-winding movement with a power reserve of up to 38 hours, quick-set date, and a customized rotor weight sporting the Junghans logo. The movement is visible through a tinted mineral glass window in the screw-down caseback.

The pared-back stainless steel case measures 39.3mm across, with a height of just 9.5mm. A flat sapphire crystal (with anti-reflective coating on the underside) helps keep the thickness down, while the lugs are stout and tucked under the lip of the case to reduce the size of the watch on the wrist. The employment of a Milanese bracelet keeps the whole look very fresh and clean, allowing the colors on the dial to really “pop”. A black leather strap, for example, might have subdued the chromatic impact of the watch face. Pleasingly, for a watch of these dimensions, water-resistance of 50 meters has been achieved (which isn’t exactly stellar, but it’s a big improvement on the more standard 3 bar rating for watches of this style and proportions). There will also be a special Bauhaus-inspired presentation box for this limited model, which will retail for $1,095. Learn more at


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  • SuperStrapper

    This movement is a branded 2824, hence the underwhelming specs. That aside it would certainly make for a reliable watch. The dial looks like a home printer test page, it would have been nice if the colours were on raised/applied bases, etc to give not just some visual interest but also to amplify the appearance of quality. Flat printed dials are really difficult to pull off above the entry level price tier.
    This is a great brand with nice products. I assume the street price will be 80% or less of this number, not awful if you like the look.

  • Props for using a mechanical movement on what is clearly a Daniel Wellington competitor. That’s the only positive thing I can think to say, even I’m not the intended target audience.

    The date is just another reminder of the tiny size of the movement…but it could have been worse…in black.

  • Independent_George

    Cute watch. Pair this with the Bauhaus Chronoscope and you have a nice his-hers set for an architectural/design-y couple.

    BTW: The red is at 4 o’clock, not three. On Boutet’s color wheel (the first known color wheel for painters), the primary colors — yellow, red and blue — are at the 12:00, 4:00 and 8:00, with red at the 4:00. Not sure why yellow is at the top, though I think it has to do with where Newton originally placed the colors.

  • Wow, a minimal-bauhaus-postmodern-ultra essential watch: I’ve missed it.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    That red look awfully orangey to me and I’ve just got new glasses.
    Bit steep price wise ( what isn’t to us Scots! ) but looks nice and uncomplicated for the female lady friend in your life.

    • Independent_George

      You are correct.

      The Bauhaus color wheel has red at 4:00.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        So all this ” However, I believe the presence of red (probably the most common accent colour in watchmaking) at 3 o’clock was just a perfect coincidence, given that the 3 o’clock position on the dial is the most visible (thanks to the existence of long sleeves) is nonsense?

        • Independent_George

          I wouldn’t say it is nonsense because Rob is essentially correct about the Color Wheel, it is just that he is off with his placement.

          • Clarified it to “red scale around 3 o’clock”. Thanks for pointing that out 🙂

  • Jared

    looks like a $5 aliexpress special

    its not bauhaus to be adding all those color squares to the dial

    • Independent_George

      Actually, the Bauhaus School was very into color, especially primary colors, and the relationship to emotions and the application of Freud.

  • NaJo

    Sure There will be few but i have not known any girl liking anything minimalist. And this $1k DW / skagen is just…. there are so many good looking options from frederique constant, tissot and even longines at $1k to choose from that includes diamonds and not just some color dot wheel created by J. Whoever!

  • H.S.M.

    Too minimalistic for my taste, but I like to see some colours though. Even if you would need a magnifying glass for them.
    I do feel that the target audience of this watch (the not us watch snobs) won’t shell out that amount of green for a DW lookalike. As probably they wont have clue what a “Junghans” or a “Bauhaus” is.

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  • Lurch

    I could never wear a mesh bracelet after this. Way to feminine.

    • Eye Heart Sushi

      Came here to write the same thing.

  • Independent_George

    Comparing this to Daniel Wellington is like listening to Disturbed’s cover of Sounds of Silence then complaining that Simon and Garfunkel’s version is a copy.

    • NaJo

      Its a ladies watch and guessing 98% of em will be doing that! And they are not wrong in their thinking either.. the remaining 2% shall have husbands drowned so deep in horological waters that they can never be saved! But still deep down in their wives mind -“$1000 for this piece of … s…“art”, let me just get a beater diamond earrings for $1k!

      • Independent_George

        Wow. The “women” in your life must be so lucky to have you.

  • Ben Rothfeld

    I’d rock this watch, despite the fact that the colors at 5-7 o’clock all look identical to my red-green color-blind eyes!

  • Gokart Mozart

    Not one of the better Junghans, but could have been worse.

    They could have used another Swiss colour wheel as the inspiration.

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