On the 14th of April, the company celebrated its foundation back in 1861 for the 160th time. Junghans marked their anniversary with a look back over an eventful history of the long-established company from the Black Forest, while at the same time directing their focus on current times and the future. This will also involve the innovations launched by Junghans in the anniversary year.
Established in Schramberg 160 years ago by Erhard Junghans and his brother-in-law Jakob Zeller-Tobler, Junghans grew into one of the world’s largest clock manufacturers extremely quickly (1903). Onwards of the 1950s, the heyday of the mechanical watch, Junghans developed and produced a multitude of mechanical watch movements. The most sophisticated calibers developed in Schramberg during this period were always reserved for the Meister collection. Our new Meister Signatur Handaufzug Edition 160 pays homage to this era – and quite literally carries the signature of the master. The distinctive design characteristics of the 18-carat gold timepiece adhere to the traditional archetype, albeit with a modern interpretation. An authentic reprisal of the Meister legend can be evidenced in the inner workings of the watch: the Meister Signatur is powered by the classic hand-winding movement J620 – strictly limited to 160 units. Developed and produced decades ago in Schramberg, these movements are now finished with loving attention to detail. A glass case-back provides a glimpse into this vibrant chapter of fascinating watch-making history. Reminiscences of yesterday, transported to the present.
Live your style – with this motto, Junghans dedicated themselves to a combination of design and utility value. With the puristic max bill models and the most recent FORM line, Junghans is following the principles of modern, German industrial design. It was with these standards that the Black Forest gained global recognition as a cradle of German inventiveness in the twentieth century. The close attachment to their home region is underpinned by the long-standing business with the release of their FORM A Edition 160, limited to only 600 units – however, with a modern interpretation. With references to the Black Forest incorporated into the design on the one hand, and a clear, straightforward design on the other, the watch is symbolic of Junghans’ approach to celebrating this year’s anniversary: an affiliation to the 160-year company history, whilst at the same time focussing on the present and the future. Experience and tradition as the driving force behind innovation and change.
For generations to come.
Constant reinvention is at the heart of innovation and change. Rethinking the tried and tested in conceptions and designs – however, without losing the essence and that unique identity. The result of this balancing act is the new Meister fein Automatic. Its state-of-the-art, discus-type geometry carries the legend of the Meister into the present day, and further on into the future. Spherical sapphire crystal fits seamlessly into the convex form of the case on the timepiece, depicting a completely new type of silhouette. An innovative form and exquisite line management of the Meister fein Automatic lends an unprecedented angle to the Junghans Meister series – and emphasizes that this anniversary should highlight one thing in particular: a reason, not only to cast a look back but also to direct the focus ahead and to invest in the future of this traditional business.
The watch-making industry is changing. A change which Junghans themselves actively helped in shaping: this year the company will be unveiling the new collection through digital press days for the very first time. An e-magazine provides the product catalog an interactive upgrade into the digital arena.
Tradition and history carry Erhard Junghans‘ spirit of an invention into the here and now. Still, today, 160 years after the company was originally founded, the Uhrenfabrik Junghans slogan remains the same: The shaping of time.