These Minimalist German Watches Just Received a Striking Update

The Junghans Max Bill range is one of the most iconic examples of Bauhaus design, and new versions emphasize contrast with monochromatic touches.

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Not that the Junghans Max Bill collection of famously Bauhaus-inspired watches was ever excessively vibrant, but the brand has just announced new versions doubling down on the monochromatic, minimalist look. Four new models not only have anthracite-colored, PVD-coated steel cases, but elements like the hands are given a similar treatment, resulting in strong legibility against stark white dials. Max Bill himself would surely approve.

These models are largely similar to the watches the brand released last year for the Bauhaus’s 100th birthday, minus the splashes of red. We’re left with a Junghans Max Bill watch that’s slightly more somber and contrasty than the standard version. Well, four Junghans Max Bill watches, to be precise, with three-hand automatics in two sizes (34mm and 38mm), one with a quartz movement, and an automatic chronograph (Chronoscope). The watches all feature domed plexiglas crystals, and the movements inside come from Swiss ETA.

Simplicity and functionality have always been central to the Bauhaus, and the result here is typically attractive and stylish. The new Junghans Max Bill watches will be priced at $2,095 for the chronograph, $1,195 for the three-hand automatics in either size, and the quartz model should be around $600.

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