Junghans – Meister Driver Handaufzug
The late 19th century was a milestone in the automobile industry with inventions by German engineers such as Gottlieb Daimler (1834-1900) and Wilhelm Maybach (1846-1929) who were close to Arthur Junghans, the son of the eponymous watch brand founder and car collector.
The love for these revolutionary vehicles, especially 1930s cars, bursts from the Meister Driver Handaufzug watches. Both dials feature a blend of classic colours from the period with a mixture of anthracite, silver and vanilla beige. Each two-tone lacquered dial has a different display: the white minute track takes centre stage on one whilst the other showcases the ivory hours.
The time functions (hours and minutes in the centre, small seconds at 6) are fuelled by the manual wind J 815.1 calibre inside the 37.7mm steel case.
Price: 1170 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin
The German watchmaker and Swiss artist began working together in the early 60s and the collaboration is still alive today despite the passing of Max Bill (1908-1994) over 20 years ago. Trained at the Zürich School of Applied Arts then Bauhaus in Dessau, Max Bill imbued the watches he designed with an understated, functional and timeless style. The silver dial is covered with a domed Plexiglas disc and adorned with an elegant hour rim interspersed between a minute track and curvy Arabic numerals. Two slim luminescent baton-shape hands track the hours and minutes. Both chronograph counters are positioned symmetrically: the minute counter at 12 and the hour counter at 6 with the seconds in the centre. The date display appears at 3. The time, date and chronograph functions are powered by the self-winding J880.2 calibre inside the 40mm steel case. Price: 1,645 CHF
Junghans has reigned over the little German town of Schramberg in the Black Forest for almost 154 years. The brand started out making clocks and gradually moved towards wristwatches, such as the famous 1951 chronograph which inspired this self-winding Meister Telemeter. Its slightly domed matt silver dial is rimmed by a tachymeter scale (black) and telemeter scale (red) which enable you to measure speed and distance paired with the chronograph function. The luminescent hour indices are tracked by the luminescent hour, minute and central seconds hands bursting from the centre. The minute counter and small seconds are displayed in sunken counters at 9 and 3 o’ clock respectively. All the functions and 42-hour power reserve are brought to life by the J880.3 calibre nestled inside the 41mm steel case. Price: 2,090 CHF