Despite its extreme eloquence, the self-winding watch presented by Junghans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus could hardly be more modest.
As a classic three-handed watch, the max bill Automatic embodies the essential aspects envisioned by product designer Max Bill; simply optimum readability of the time.
Max Bill himself studied at the Bauhaus, which was founded exactly 100 years ago. After arriving in Dessau in 1927 and laying eyes upon the Bauhaus building, he described his first impression as “something never seen before: white walls and huge dark glass façades with the student residence at the forefront and the balcony doors accentuated in red lead.”
The feeling of exhilaration experienced by Max Bill upon encountering the Bauhaus is reflected in the 1,000 watch limited edition Junghans max bill Automatic in 2019.
This watch incorporates all the fundamental ideas behind Bauhaus. The matt silver dial commemorates the white walls of the building in Dessau, while the anthracite-colored case is representative of the striking façade.
The grey strap is inspired by the construction element of the Bauhaus: concrete. Guaranteeing ideal readability thanks to their clear and simplistic form, the red hands mirror the color design of the famous red doors of the Bauhaus in Dessau, a hue which is even more prominent in the red date wheel.
The 38mm watch, which runs on a self-winding movement J800.1 with a power reserve of 38 hours, has almost no bezel and is executed in matte anthracite with a PVD-coating on steel. The watch is protected by a sapphire crystal, highly domed to follow the curves of the case.
Turn the watch over and it features a large windowed façade, the Bauhaus building is impressively represented on the glass case back at the same time allowing a view of the mechanical movement through a window steeped in history. The red accentuated here is taken directly from the renowned red door of the Bauhaus building itself.
Representing 100 years of design history, the Junghans max bill Automatic 100 Jahre Bauhaus.
Available from October 2019, this 1000-piece limited edition will be priced at EUR 1,225.