At the wheel of time

09/28/2017

The Meister Driver Day Date from Junghans incorporates optical elements from historical instrument displays in its design.



Automobile design

Steel chassis and hand-wrought struts, surrounded by a streamlined body with flowing wings. The cars of the 1930s continue to fascinate aficionados around the world to this day. It is the era in which higher speeds and longer distances make the speedometer increasingly important, whilst the cockpit itself begins to feature a clear arrangement of instruments. One element on the dashboard is the speedometer, with its total and daily tally of kilometres. These small details from the historical role models are incorporated into the new Meister Driver Day Date, in turn establishing a link to the Meister Driver of 2016.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow in view

The designers at Junghans have drawn inspiration from the display of total and daily kilometres in creating the Meister Driver Day Date: the day and date displays are in the form of rotating columns – a nod to the automo-bile role model. The unique form of this display, which features semi-transparent surfaces to the side of the ac-tual date and weekday display, is enabled by individual printing in the in-house dial printing facility. The colour scheme of the timepiece is also inspired by the tachometers of the 1930s: a refinement with polished paintwork conveys a very special flair. With a diameter of 40 mm, the new Meister Driver Day Date is a three-handed watch with an independent character.

Meister Driver Day Date Features

Movement:   J800.4 self-winding movement with a power reserve of up to 38 hours, rapid date correction
Special feature: Weekday display at 12 o'clock and date at 6 o'clock
Finishing: Rotor surface with stripe finishing and engraved logo, diamond cut on barrel, train and balance bridge, blued screws
 
Case:   Stainless steel Ø 40.4, height 11.9 mm, mineral crystal back, convex plexiglass with coating for enhanced scratch resistance, 5-times screwed glass back
 
Dial:  Convex dial with effective polished lacquer, hour or minute markers with an environmentally-friendly Super Luminova luminous material
 
Hands:   Black-coated Dauphin hands with environmentally-friendly Super Luminova luminous material
 
Strap:   Calfskin strap with stainless steel buckle and lining leather with perfora-tion, stainless steel strap with folding clasp
 
Water resistance:   up to 3 bar

 

Junghans Meister Driver – passion and the pioneering spirit

The strong links between Junghans and the automobile have been in place since the end of the 19th century. Arthur Junghans, son of the company founder Erhard Junghans, was a close friend of Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. As a consequence, he bought one of the first Daimler test cars in 1892. Just three years later Arthur Junghans ordered a four-seater Motor-Viktoriawagen, for which he created worm gear steering. At the beginning of the 20th century the company produced car clocks. Numerous inventions were also made – in 1905 Dr. Oskar Junghans, son of Arthur Junghans, developed a speed measuring device with integral speed logging. His brother Helmut shared his passion for the automobile. In 1924, he developed a "Viadicator" driving direction indicator in co-operation with the Leitz company of Wetzlar, a predecessor of the present-day indicator. More than a century of affinity for the automobile is continued today by the Junghans owners, Dr. Hans-Jochem and Hannes Steim. The Steim car collection in Schramberg, which celebrates its 10th birthday in 2017, contains a cross section from over 110 years of automobile history – with stylish classic vehicles that serve as inspiration for the models of the Meister Driver series, bringing this passion to the wrist.