These Minimalist German Watches Mix Bauhaus Design with Tactical Aesthetics

Two new Max Bill models from Junghans combine a sleek, minimalist philosophy with killer black-on-black looks.

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The Junghans watches originally conceived by German designer Max Bill in the 1950s are classic representatives of the Bauhaus design philosophy. Since then, the brand hasn’t been afraid to play with the style by applying that philosophy to the collection of watches named after him, the newest of which feature a dark, monochromatic theme: A Kleine three-hand automatic and a Chronoscope chronograph watch are available together as a set for $3,345.

“Form follows function” being a tenet of Bauhaus, Junghans has maintained strong legibility with stark white hands and indices against a pitch black background. The dial is black, and the cases are steel with a black coating, measuring 34mm wide in the case of the three-hand and 40mm for the chronograph. They’re both powered by automatic movements from Swiss ETA (the 2824 and the 7750, respectively).

Of note is that while Many Max Bill watches in the past used mineral crystal, these new models use the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, which many people will consider an upgrade. Sold as a limited edition set of 222 with special packaging, it’s easy to imagine these on the wrists of a design-conscious couple. They’re striking on the white leather straps, but will have a more traditional — though still very sleek and minimalist — appeal on the included black strap as well.

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