One year on from the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school of art and design, Junghans has released details of a new Max Bill Automatic dedicated to the school and its influence.
For the centenary in 2019, Junghans produced two limited edition watches - a Max Bill Automatic and a Max Bill Chronograph. Now it has followed up with a non-limited, and very similar, version of the automatic for all those who missed out.
Distinctive for the red inlay to the hour and minute hands, and the red text on the date disc, the Max Bill Automatic Bauhaus is a celebration of the principles of clean, clear, functional and harmonious design that Max Bill focussed on throughout his career as a designer.
One of the most famous alumni of the Bauhaus school, Bill's name has been associated with Junghans clocks and watches since the late 1950s and has become a byword for minimalist dial design.
The aforementioned red details are a deliberate nod to the red door of the Bauhaus school, an etching of which appears on the caseback of the watch. Through the finely stencilled windows of the building you can see the ETA movement beneath - the only Junghans to feature any kind of display caseback.
Unusually for Junghans, the watch has a sapphire crystal (they normally use plexiglass); this was introduced on last year's limited editions and has been retained for this model. Whereas the limited edition watch had a dark grey coating applied to its matte-finished steel case, the new model opts for a more natural tone, which is paired with a black leather strap.
The Max Bill Automatic Bauhaus will be available from May 2020, priced at £1,080.
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