From the moment I saw it, I just couldn’t get this sophisticated yet peculiar watch out of my head. And so German-brand Junghans makes its Perpetuelle debut. But first, a quick bit of background. Junghans is a brand I’ve known about for many years, but never written about here at Perpetuelle. The brand has a strong emphasis on design, and boy do they make some super looking watches, retailed at attractive price points (low single digit thousands $). The Meister collection is really where it’s at for me, with design cues from the 1950s and 60’s (so they say); the minimalist Max Bill collection is very nice as well (check out the Max Bill Chronoscope, wow). At first I thought these watches would cost a lot more than they really do. But who really cares, because they look good, period. Proudly “Made in Germany”, Junghans does a lot of design, development and even production of its watches (including calibers) in-house, though I do not believe they consider themselves a full-fledged manufacture.
A few minutes on the company website reveals that the German-brand (based in Schramberg) has been making watches and clocks since the mid-1800s! The eight-point star that is still the Junghans trademark today was first registered in 1890. Junghans watches came to be known as affordable, high-quality products from Germany and sold well around the world. In fact Junghans was was the world’s largest clock factory at one point around the turn of the 20th century, according to the brand. So there is definitely some heritage behind the brand, which is a plus in my book.
You can read more about the brand on their website (link at bottom of this writeup), but what I wanted to get to today is the watch you see here, the Meister “Agenda.” Several designs of this watch will be offered, this one just happens to be my favorite. It is housed in a 40mm x 12.2mm stainless steel case with see-through case back (a modestly finished caliber) and a convex hard Plexiglass with SICRALAN coating (increased scratch resistance, improved UV and chemical resistance and a more intense deep gloss of the plexiglass).
The sunray brushed anthracite-grey dial with contrasting inset subdials and day/date windows, svelte hands, and minimalist hour and minute hashes looks, well, great. Displaying date/date/week/time and power reserve, the Meister Agenda has an unusual dial presentation: the week number is displayed on the upper subdial. A complication of limited utility,
no doubt for the most part, but its peculiarity and overall harmonious design is nonetheless very appealing to me. Below at 6 o’clock is the power reserve indicator. It all comes together in a compelling manner — the balance of the overall design is superb. Not too much, not too little, and a quirky complication seemingly just because.
What can I say, I like this watch and I am a new fan of Junghans in general. The Meister Agenda Calendar looks like it is available in August 2015, and can be purchased for $2,495. More info is available the website of the Official North American Distributor for Junghans.
And, you can jump on over to the Official Junghans website to check out the brand’s full lineup and see for yourself the many interesting designs this brand offers. If you are looking for attractive and affordable German design I’d say Junghans is worth a closer look!