2021 has been a special year for Junghans: In keeping with the slogan “shaping time – yesterday, today and tomorrow”, the watch manufacturer celebrated its 160-year anniversary. For the long-established Schramberg, Germany based company, an occasion to reflect on its rich history and very own identity. Three limited Meister editions made of precious metal are expression of the deep-rooted connection Uhrenfabrik Junghans has with its origin and home in the heart of the Black Forest.
The Meister Signatur Handaufzug Edition 160, Meister S Chronoscope Platin Edition 160 and Meister fein Automatic Edition each carry a unique facet of Black Forest watchmaking out into the world. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
A Signature of Home and Heritage
With the Meister Signatur Handaufzug Edition 160, the history of Junghans, once the biggest watch manufacturer and third largest chronometer producer in the world, comes to life – with truly fascinating authenticity. The edition limited to 160 pieces is powered by the historic hand-winding movement J620. Developed and produced decades ago in Schramberg, these movements are now receiving a refinement with loving attention to detail including a rose gold finish.
History and heritage are not only revived by the fine watch mechanics of the 18-carat gold timepiece: The outer design of the Meister Signatur also carries quite literally the signature of the heyday of calibre production in Schramberg. All distinctive design characteristics follow the historic example of the Meister from the middle of the twentieth century, although with contemporary interpretation.
The Meister Signatur Handaufzug Edition 160 is a vibrant tribute to history and home of Uhrenfabrik Junghans.
Marked by Precision
Elegant, emotional and exclusive: The Meister S Chronoscope Platin Edition 160 is a timepiece in a class of its own. Limited to 12 unique pieces and made from polished platinum, the anniversary edition is an exceptional collectors’ item. Both dial and case back bear the individual limitation number, testifying the exclusiveness of every piece. The rear view of the watch is also decorated with an anniversary engraving, at the same time referring to the regional importance of precision work in the Black Forest.
Platinum is regarded as the most valuable metal in the world of watches, and its processing is challenging. To ensure flawlessly perfect engraving, Junghans partnered with the laser-technology specialist TRUMPF. Both manufacturers are traditionally based in Schramberg and share a long-standing cooperation. The anniversary engraving has been applied utilising a completely new ultrashort pulse laser process, allowing to vary the processing parameters to the finest: As a result, the edition design as well as the individual limitation number have been engraved into the twelve case backs with a pulse duration of as little as 900 femtoseconds. Precision work has a long history in Schramberg – and the Meister S Chronoscope Platin Edition 160 is significantly marked by it.
Origin as driving force
Fine, finer, Meister fein Automatic Edition. Ever since its beginnings in the 1930’s, the Meister line has been the heart of Junghans’ watch collection and the name representative of its finest timepieces. With the Meister fein Automatic, Junghans is now providing this unique identity with a completely new type of silhouette, carrying the legend of the Meister on into the future. The line arrangement follows clear functionality, emphasising the spherical shape of the timepiece.
The innovative geometry of the Meister fein Automatic Edition is continued consequently in its inner workings: A glimpse through the domed sapphire crystal back reveals a spherical, two-arm rotor. Specially developed and produced for the edition model in Schramberg, the rotor allows for a nearly unobstructed view of the finely decorated automatic movement of the watch. Limited to 100 pieces, the Meister fein Automatic Edition is leading the way into a new time. Driven by its origin.
In celebration of its 160th anniversary, Uhrenfabrik Junghans remembers its very own identity. Meister Signatur Handaufzug Edition 160, Meister S Chronoscope Platin Edition 160, and Meister fein Automatic Edition each proof in their own way that home represents an inextricably linked part of it. For the past, present and future.