Founded 100 years ago, the minimalist philosophy that the Bauhaus School represents still seems fresh. That’s because simplicity and function just don’t get old, and its principles are particularly well suited to watches.
One of the most famous students of the Bauhaus school was designer Max Bill, and the clocks and watches he designed for the German brand Junghans starting in the late 1950s are some of the most popular Bauhaus-style watches today. For the anniversary of the school’s founding, the new Junghans Max Bill Automatik 100 Jahre Bauhaus watch references the school’s buildings in Dessau which themselves reflect the design philosophy taught within.
Specifically, the main building’s white walls, dark glass windows and red doors have been translated by Junghans as a white dial, anthracite matte PVD-coated steel case and red accents for the date wheel and the hands’ lume, respectively. The case back features a motif of the building itself where the windows reveal the Swiss automatic ETA 2824-2 movement inside, offering 38 hours of power reserve. Measuring 38mm wide and just under 10mm thick (with 30m of water resistance), a mineral crystal over the dial seems to reference the earliest Junghans Max Bill watches produced. On a gray calf leather strap, only 1,000 pieces will be produced for this limited edition. Price is yet to be announced.
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