Pre-Baselworld 2016: Junghans Meister Driver Handaufzug

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The Meister Driver from Junghans is a slim hand-wound watch that takes its inspiration from various classic cars from the 1930s; the designers having decided to cherry-pick their favorite details from a variety of cars and combine them into an undoubtedly cool looking watch. It’s the first time Junghans has turned its attention to an automotive themed timepiece. It’s largely down to the fact that brand owner Steim is an avid car collector and has gone so far as to build his own car museum to house his personal collection.

The color palette is inspired by the rare Maybach DS8 Zeppelin in dark gray, cream and dove gray. Only 25 DS8 Zeppelins exist today.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Arthur Junghans, son of Junghans’ founder Erhard, was friendly with Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler. At the time, Junghans also made car clocks in its Schramberg factory, and a speedometer was developed and patented by Dr. Oskar Junghans, the brother of Arthur, in 1905.

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A cue to the speedometer can be seen in the two watches of the Meister Driver collection: with the dial markings featuring regular hour numerals with a minute track marked out in five-minute increments around the outside. The other dial achieves the speedometer look by inverting the two: the hours have been shifted to the minute track while large numerals inside mark five minute intervals.

There’s a choice of mainly black dial with a cream small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, and a cream dial surrounded by light gray. White numerals outlined in black add extra emphasis to the numerals and provide an authentic vintage touch.

The watches are powered by an ETA 7001 Peseux J815.1 hand-wound movement, with the Junghans logo engraved on the wheel train bridge.

The Meister Driver is water-resistant to 300m and priced at £1,050. There will also be a Meister Driver Chronoscope set to debut at Baselworld in just a couple of weeks time. Look out for Bhanu’s report on Junghans at the show.

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