From variation to fascination

07/31/2017

The new max bill Edition 2017 combines two works of art by Max Bill: the wristwatch that he designed and his "grafische reihen" – a insider tip, and not only for Bauhaus enthusiasts.



Junghans and Max Bill: experience design history

The max bill classic from Junghans is available as a special edition in 2017. A fascinating timepiece that fully embodies the Bauhaus philosophy, reflecting the core motto of "form follows function" in every detail. On the back of the Edition 2017 the "variation 1" print from the range of "grafische reihen" (graphic series) by Max Bill can be seen, distinguishing the model as a top tip for con-noisseurs – and enabling them to carry the creativeness of the architect with them at all times. The "grafische reihen" are re-flecting the continuous developments from geometric forms, which also are mathematically jus-tified: With “variation 1” the side of a polygon forms simultaneously the side of the next polygon. The artist referred to his work as "a pure interaction of form and colour ... the sole purpose of which is to delight with its existence". It was created in the early years of his career (1935-1938), after attending the Bauhaus in Dessau, founded as an art school by Walter Gropius. The timepiece is also derived from the perfect sense of proportion of Max Bill, who created the first wristwatches for Junghans in 1961 – a close association that lends a particular expressiveness to this model.

The JUNGHANS max bill Edition 2017 is available in two exciting variants: with a lined index dial for admirers of absolute purism or a dial featuring the Max Bill typography with arabic numbers for the hour markers. Both versions are equipped with a special strap featuring the colours used in "variation 1" on the lining leather.

Limited edition set for collectors

The exclusive edition set is limited to 222 – a limitation derived from the number 22, which had particular significance for Max Bill, as both his birthday and the date of his wedding to his wife Binia fell on the 22nd day of the month. Max Bill always reserved the no. 22 of limited art works for himself. In addition to the wrist-watch, the set also includes a Bauhaus-style table clock with quartz movement, the back of which also displays "variation 1", one range of the "grafische reihen" by Max Bill. Two design classics that will quicken the pulse of every lover of design – both on the wrist and in the home.

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The JUNGHANS max bill range

In keeping with the premise "form follows function", artist and Bauhaus scholar Max Bill created a timepiece of a very special kind. The logical dial design of the 1956 Max Bill kitchen clock, a design milestone, became the characteristic feature of his timepieces, incorporated into the de-sign of the first Max Bill wristwatches in 1961. The artist placed particular emphasis on the com-bination of utilitarian value and beauty. With clear lines and the strive for aesthetic perfection, the design classics of the JUNGHANS max bill range are still created in nearly the same way.

max bill Edition 2017 Features

Movement:  J645.33 quartz movement
 
Case:   Stainless steel Ø 38.0 mm, height 7.9 mm, 4-times screwed mineral crys-tal back, printed on the inside with "variation 1" from one of the "grafische reihen" (graphic series), domed hard plexiglass with coating for enhanced scratch resistance
 
Dial/hands:   Matt fine silver-plated, dial markings and hands with environmentally-friendly Super Luminova luminous material
 
Strap:  Calfskin strap with stainless steel buckle, blue or green lining leather to match the limited edition print
 
Water resistance:   Splash resistant
 

 

max bill Edition Set 2017 Features

Wristwatch  
Movement:   J645.33 quartz movement
 
Case:   Stainless steel Ø 38.0 mm, height 7.9 mm, 4-times screwed mineral crys-tal back, printed on the inside with "variation 1" from one of the "grafische reihen" (graphic series), domed hard plexiglass with coating for enhanced scratch resistance
 
Dial/hands:   Matt fine silver-plated, dial markings and hands with environmentally-friendly Super Luminova luminous material
 
Strap:  Calfskin strap with stainless steel buckle, blue lining leather to match the limited edition print
 
Water resistance:  Splash resistant
 
Table clock  
Movement: 

J738 quartz movement

 
Case:   Wooden case, white silk-matt 164 x 174 mm, diamond-polished alumin-ium ring, mineral crystal, back printed with limited edition print
 
Dial/hands:   White matt, polished hands