Junghans Max Bill Edition 2017 Watches

By: Michael Penate

Not long ago, we showed the #watchfam some pretty cool quartz Bauhaus offerings from Braun. Now, we thought we’d discuss a similar offering from a brand that’s a little more focused on strictly producing wristwatches. For years, the Junghans Max Bill collection has proven itself as an enduring source of affordable options for watch lovers going for Bauhaus on a budget. Now, for 2017, the brand has introduced the Junghans Max Bill 2017 edition watches that can also be purchased with a limited edition table clock as well.

Photo courtesy of UHRENFABRIK JUNGHANS GMBH & CO.KG.

Max Bill was without a doubt one of the most important architects and graphic designers in recent history. His style, design philosophy, and charisma have inspired professionals everywhere and if you’re a watch geek, there’s a good chance you know about him (even if you aren’t a graphic artist). He was also one of the founders of the Ulm School of Design, a short-lived, but influential, design college that closed in 1968.

Photo courtesy of UHRENFABRIK JUNGHANS GMBH & CO.KG.

The Junghans Max Bill Edition 2017 models both have a nice, slim profile and run with the help of a quartz J645.33 movement. They’re 38mm wide, feature an acrylic crystal, and come fitted with a plain black leather strap. There’s no contrast stitching here, which I’m sure some folks will criticize. But, I think the all-black tone of the strap simply adds to the overall minimalist look.


 
 
Photo courtesy of UHRENFABRIK JUNGHANS GMBH & CO.KG.

The case back on the other hand is a little more lively. It features a miniaturized version of Max Bill’s Variation 1 piece, which centers around a quirky yet clever geometric design spin. I should also note, that besides the dial layouts, the watches are essentially the same. Personally, I’d go for the version with the Arabic numerals (always loved the Max Bill “4”).

While I’m sure the Junghans Max Bill Edition 2017 will probably be called out for being too “vanilla” for some, I think it’s a solid choice if you’re curious about the brand and the design. Some of Junghans’ mechanical pieces can fetch well over $1,000, so this is a logical option for buyers that want to pay less for the same kind of visuals. Let us know what you guys think in the comments! Price for the Junghans Max Bill Edition 2017 is $545 but it jumps up to $1,089 if you plan on dishing out for the limited (222 pieces) table clock set. Junghans

Photos: UHRENFABRIK JUNGHANS GMBH & CO.KG.


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