Uhrenfabrik Junghans are celebrating the 60th anniversary of their collaboration with Max Bill. To commemorate the occasion, the German watchmaker has unveiled the limited edition Max Bill Edition set of watches. Limited to just 1,060 watches the set contains three different watches: the max bill Regulator, the Max Bill Automatic and the max bill MEGA Kleine Sekunde.
Junghans Celebrates 60 Years of Iconic Bauhaus Design
Established in Schramberg 160 years ago by Erhard Junghans and his brother-in-law Jakob Zeller-Tobler, Junghans grew into one of the world’s largest clock manufacturers extremely quickly (1903). Onwards of the 1950s, the heyday of the mechanical watch, Junghans developed and produced a multitude of mechanical watches, including the iconic Max Bill.
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An Iconic Collaboration with max bill
The first line of mechanical watches were designed for Junghans by max bill five years after the watchmakers’ collaboration with the Bauhaus artist was established way back in 1956. Six decades have passed since then. Six decades of distinctive, minimalist watch designs.
Each of the three new limited edition timepieces – a max bill Automatic, a max bill MEGA Kleine Sekunde and a max bill Regulator – come in their own individual case and are housed collectively in a Special Edition box. A portrait of max bill, the architect of these legendary watch designs, is displayed on the inside.
All three watches display the time in their own unique way while at the same time celebrating six decades of max bill: The traditional luminous twin dots at 12 o’clock are integrated in the number 60. An inimitable detail which conforms elegantly with the harmoniously proportioned hour and minute markers of the minute track. Additionally, a special Edition engraving is featured on the case back for each of the Edition models.
Coherent Bauhaus Design
A coherent display of the time was of utmost importance for max bill. Every element of time – hours, minutes and seconds – is meticulously emphasised within his designs. This design principle is most demonstrably exemplified in the new max bill Regulator, which breaks displaying the time down into its fundamental components: whereas the minutes are counted out centrally from the middle, the hours and the seconds are indicated in their own auxiliary dials positioned at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock.
The max bill MEGA Kleine Sekunde combines the meticulous design of the Bauhaus artist with ultimate precision timing: A decentralised second display with half-second progression is also a testament to the accuracy of Junghans’ self-developed radio control technology within the watch. The third watch in the set, a max bill Automatic, boasts an impressive puristic clarity that consolidates the hours, minutes and seconds centrally from the middle.
Celebrating A Legendary Design From 1961
The max bill Regulator, the max bill MEGA Kleine Sekunde and the max bill Automatic combine Max Bill’s exquisite sense of proportion with modern appliances and state-of-the-art technology. As an ensemble of watches perfectly complementing one another, the max bill Edition Set 60 is a remarkable triad of each individual element of time – in perfect harmony with the legendary design from 1961.
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- Diameter: 38mm
- Thickness: 10mm (automatic), 9mm (small seconds), 10.5mm (regulator)
- Material: Steel with anthracite PVD coating
- Dial: Matte white
- Water Resistance: 30 meters
- Strap/Bracelet: Light grey leather with black stitching, orange liner, and PVD anthracite hardware
- Caliber: Regulator – Junghans J800.5 (ETA 2824 base), Automatic – Junghans J800.1 (ETA 2824 base), Small seconds – Junhangs J101.66 Mega radio-controlled quartz movement. Automatic (regulator and automatic), Mega movement uses a battery