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Junghans’ Meister men’s watches
Launched in the 1930s and refined over the next 90 years: the Junghans Meister is a range that shows off its very finest innovations in watchmaking. Beginning with the early Classic and Chronometer, Junghans Meister watches were first made in the 1930s. They’ve retained a slightly vintage look, although the clean, uncluttered watch design has never really gone out of fashion.
In the late 1950s, legendary architect designer Max Bill began working for Junghans, designing the iconic kitchen clock that would later earn a place in MoMA (New York). He continued to design a range of watches for the Junghans Meister label, giving them characteristically Bauhaus styling, which have been barely changed to this day. Max Bill Meister watches are extremely collectible; a second-hand model fetches thousands, but you can enjoy the same level of design (and arguably better technology) when you buy a new Junghans Max Bill watch.
Every watch in the Junghans Meister range has been subtly improved during the interceding decades. For example, the first Max Bill watches were made with phosphoric luminous pips, but the paint has now been replaced with a longer-lasting and environmentally-friendly alternative. The signature numerals to be found on Max Bill, and other Junghans Meister, watches – especially the unusual ‘4’ – have remained exactly the same. To some Meister watches, Junghans has introduced additional dials. The Calendar range features a date dial and the Pilot and Chronoscope models have at least two auxiliary dials.
The appeal of the Meister is its very distinctive, minimal design – a hallmark of its era and place. Although some models – like the Solar and Pilot – were deliberately redesigned, the range’s characteristic aesthetic stands out in the field of men’s watches. The Junghans Meister is an excellent choice for a very classic, vintage, and ironically uber-cool, look.