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Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope 100 Jahre Bauhaus Watch Celebrates 100 Years Of Bauhaus

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope 100 Jahre Bauhaus Watch Celebrates 100 Years Of Bauhaus Watch Releases The Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope 100 Jahre Bauhaus watch brings the tasteful color palette of the Junghans Max Bill Automatic 100 Jahre Bauhaus watch to the Chronoscope line, resulting in a warm and welcome timepiece. The immediately noticeable red date window — which coordinates perfectly with the slim hour and minute hands — has been lavished with attention, as the text printed on that date wheel is also the same shade of ecru that covers the dial.

This is the latest model in the brand’s exhaustive celebrations commemorating the centenary of Bauhaus. And it has to be said that it is one of the best. Not only does the model take the core principles of Bauhaus very seriously, with the forms of every element clearly following function, but this piece also manages to brighten up proceedings with a highly legible, high-contrast date and handset.

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope 100 Jahre Bauhaus Watch Celebrates 100 Years Of Bauhaus Watch Releases

And while the contrast between ecru and red adds to the functional justification of these colors’ inclusion, there is a more whimsical reason for red being employed. It is, in fact, a direct reference to the color of the front door of the Bauhaus school in Dessau.

Max Bill was one of the iconic figures of Bauhaus, studying and teaching at the school. Bill began designing watches for Junghans in 1961, and his legacy has been growing ever since. With just 1,000 pieces of this particularly attractive special edition available, it seems likely that some fans of Bauhaus, Bill, and the brand will be left empty-handed.

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope 100 Jahre Bauhaus Watch Celebrates 100 Years Of Bauhaus Watch Releases

And while the caseback boasts a transparent window, it is not entirely see-through. Printed on the mineral crystal is an image of the Bauhaus school, with the movement visible through the windows of the school’s fascia.
And the strap itself is also a nod to the grey concrete of the building, while the gunmetal case provides an attractive (and focusing) contrast to the ecru dial.

The 40mm x 14mm case is made from PVD-coated stainless steel and is water-resistant to 30 meters. The watch is powered by the modified Swiss automatic caliber J880.2, which has a power reserve of 48 hours, a hacking seconds function, and a chronograph complication with 30-minute and 12-hour registers, arranged at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. The price for the Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope 100 Jahre Bauhaus watch is $2,295. Learn more at junghans.de.

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  • Mikita

    I feel that whatever changes they make to the original Max Bill, never improve it’s aesthetics. Dark hands make them look thinner than they are, and the red date window looks to lonely being red; I would have liked some other red element to counterbalance the date window, such as the red edge of the strap.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I missed out commenting on the Max Bill Automatic 100 back in March (must have been away riding Malclom or something) That model ( appart from the date window ) was so refreshing with its clarity, clearness, plainness, simpleness and absence of decoration. It was also $900 cheaper. Yes, i know this version has a couple more buttons to push what with its chronoscopey thingy. My question is why. Anyone buying the afore mentioned watch wants it for the very reasons that i gave. Why on earth would that same person be interested in basically the same watch but with more pointy bits. Makes no sense to me at all. I could cope with a small seconds dial at 6.
    “What’s the reason behind the red date window? ” a friend asks.
    ” Erm, it’s the same colour as their front door”…..Dumb.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Lovely watch, but the colour of the strap is too light.

    Could they not have used the colour of a dirty or wet bit of concrete, ie dark grey. Also a suede strap would also look more like the texture of concrete.

  • H.S.M.

    I like chronographs with a bit more eye candy on the dials
    These empty dials tell me the tale of ‘why bother’…

    Over all a nice looking watch. The case back is gorgeous, the red date window and hands give it character.

  • ray h.

    The case back is neat.

  • ray h.

    Anything LE sells out in no time as FOMO seems to be biggest sales man in the building.

  • ray h.

    Most likely there will be plenty of them on ebay, over the next few months, as with all things hodinkee, people buy them to resell, not own. That site is jammed full of unemployed or under employed. Has to be. Who has that kind of free time to play wrist watch loto ?

  • Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, would you still prefer a Junghans Max Bill over a Nomos?The Tangente Sport Neomatik fits the Bill (pun intended) rather well, don’t you think?

    • hatster

      I would, I am afraid.

  • NaJo

    Forget about junghans or Nomos, get Junkers with bauhaus design and a plexi glass with miyota at $400. Anyways both N and J are not about manufacture movements at $2-3k watches.

  • hatster

    I have always loved the simplicity of this watch, but I think I prefer the standard, non-red version. It feels like the additional colour is counter to the design principles of the watch, ie simplicity.

  • FS1900

    Kudos to the whole crew. Not one “Bauhuas” sighting. And only one “minimusism”.

  • Alex Ryan

    MBC is the only chronograph I’ve ever liked — I find all others to be busy chaos, and I know that’s the appeal for many buyers, but I love minimalism. I’ve never liked the plexiglass crystal so the sapphire upgrade alone makes me twitch for this one, and the color accents hammer in the nail. It’s a bit of a pity to hide so much of the whirligig chrono movement but the homage to the school is a fun idea. If only the lume were functional, I could see this becoming the One Watch.

  • spice

    Clever minimalist design with celebration highlights – nicely done.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Where is Luciano? Has ne changed his handle? Or has been banished?

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