This year, Junghans is celebrating 160 years of watchmaking in Germany’s Black Forest region. What better way to commemorate this milestone than by releasing a thoroughly modern watch that pays homage to the brand’s esteemed history. The Junghans Meister fein Automatic epitomizes the brand’s keen eye for form and design in an elegant and versatile package. A three-hand automatic watch that appears, at first blush, to be a classically styled dress watch hides a surprise in the form of a convex mid-case that creates a striking silhouette with a sculptural beauty. The result is a timeless watch that evokes the past while being every bit a contemporary timepiece that will continue to impress for decades to come.
For those unfamiliar with Junghans, the German brand has been prolific over the decades, both in terms of quantity (it was exporting over three million watches and clocks at the start of the 20th century), innovation, and design. Throughout the 1900s, the brand created a vast array of in-house calibers, chronometer-grade movements, timekeepers for sporting events… and the list goes on. However, Junghans may be best known for its close relationship with famed Swiss architect and designer Max Bill. Bill’s signature style was a perfect fit for a brand that prioritizes precise lines and clarity of design and has always embraced the Bauhaus school of design.
In this anniversary release, the Junghans Meister fein Automatic captures the Bauhaus aesthetic with clean lines and an emphasis on proportion and legibility. Housed in a 39.5mm polished stainless-steel case with a domed and anti-reflective-coated sapphire crystal, the watch measures in at only 10.3mm in height. When combined with the extremely short lugs and sculpted, convex case, the watch will wear comfortably on a wide range of wrist sizes while maintaining ample wrist presence. The size, design, and proportions work together to make the fein Automatic exceptionally versatile, dressing up and down with ease.
The Meister fein Automatic is available in three colorways: matte silver-plated, silver-plated with sunray finish, and galvanic black with a sunray finish (the black dial also features a black date wheel to avoid interrupting the dial design). Though each watch shares the same elongated hour markers and baton hands that curve elegantly down towards the edge of the dial, the different colorways ensure that each has a distinct style and character all its own.
To customize the look of the watch, the Junghans Meister fein Automatic is available on a fine Milanese mesh strap or a brown or black leather strap with stainless steel buckle. The leather straps contour to the case, providing a fully custom look. That said, the classic styling of this watch just begs to be paired with a wide variety of straps in order to suit your mood or personal style.
The Junghans Meister fein Automatic is equipped with the Junghans J800.1 caliber—an automatic movement with an ETA 2824-2 base. This ever-reliable movement beats at 28.8kbh with a 38 hour power reserve and date function and is visible through the display caseback. For a watch like the fein Automatic, the J800.1 is an ideal choice, as it’s a time-tested product that delivers exactly what it promises. Just like a Junghans watch.
The Junghans Meister fein Automatic is available now for $1,450 on either Milanese mesh or leather strap. For more information on Junghans’s storied history of watchmaking over the past 160 years and the Meister fein Automatic, be sure to visit the brand’s website.
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