A Look at the Junghans Meister Agenda Calendar Watch

Junghans Meister Agenda calendar anthracite grey dial -Perpetuelle

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.

Junghans logo

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.

Junghans Meister Agenda calendar watch anthracite dial - Perpetuelle

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!

Rafael Nadal’s Watch: The New Richard Mille Tourbillon 27-02 with Quartz TPT Case

Richard Mille 27-02 Rafal Nadal - Perpetuelle

Wow.  Just Wow.  Richard Mille raises the bar again.  In the run up to the 114th French Open, Richard Mille unveils the new RM 27-02 tourbillon, a watch made for tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.  Nadal will be vying for his tenth title at the French Open while wearing the new RM 27-02.  This is the fifth such watch to come out of Mille’s partnership with Nadal which began with the RM 027 in 2010, followed by the RM 035 in 2011, the RM 27-01 in 2013, and the RM 35-01 in 2014 (my hands-on).  But I must say, the new 27-02 tops them all.  The bezel and case on this watch will blow your mind — exclusive and exotic…signature Richard Mille.   The 27-02 will be limited to 50 pieces.  One can be yours for the tidy sum of 770,000 Euros (about $850,000 on a straight f/x conversion).

Richard Mille RM 27-02 on Rafa Nadal

Detailed looks and specs, on the click

The New Hublot Big Bang Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon Watch

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon dial detail - Perpetuelle

A limited edition of 500 pieces, this 2015 release in Hublot’s Big Bang Ferrari series comes in a microblasted white ceramic case and carbon fiber bezel.  The case is fitted to a Schedoni leather strap (Schedoni is the official luggage supplier to Ferrari); inside is a Hublot manufacture caliber, the UNICO 1241.  The specific type of ceramic used by Hublot is “zirconium oxide” ceramic, a man-made material that can be produced in a handful of colors and tones (most commonly, black and white).  This type of ceramic is not proprietary to Hublot (Chanel uses the same type, I believe), but zirconium-oxide ceramic is a good choice for fine watchmaking given its high resistance to crack propagation.  It all comes together in a great looking piece here by Hublot.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon

limited edition 500 pieces

45mm white ceramic case, automatic mechanical Hublot UNICO Cal 1241 (flyback column wheel chronograph, 72 hrs power reserve)

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari White Ceramic Carbon - Perpetuelle

more details at:

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The New Maurice Lacroix Forged Carbon Case Pontos S Regatta Timer

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta Forged Carbon - Perpetuelle

A forged carbon case for a regatta timer from none other than Maurice Lacroix.  This is not a watch I saw coming from Maurice Lacroix, but I like it and I’m happy to see it.   Now I know this watch is also notable for being a regatta tiger, but a forged carbon case seems like the kinda thing that should get some play in the name of the watch.  After all, I’d guess that many enthusiasts think of Audemars Piguet when they hear the term.  At about 7000 Euro, this is not an inexpensive make for Maurice Lacroix, but compared to other forged carbon case options it is worth a look – it’s great to see both functions and materials that were previously exclusive to high-end brands making their way down to more accessible brands & price points

The regatta timer is a 10-minute countdown (10 minutes before race begins) activated by the pusher at 2 o’clock.  The regatta timing digits are white on blue background for the first five minutes of the countdown, with the final five minutes being white on red to convey the imminence of the race start.  The inner rotating bezel can be used to calibrate additional timing functions.  Other nice touches are the finely textured (“snailed”) minute ring which sits below the minute hashes & hour markers, and the finely textured/sandblasted inner white dial (a bit hard to see, but looks much better hands-on).

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta Forged Carbon dial detail - Perpetuelle

This watch has a Sellita-base caliber in it with a Dubois-Depraz 2028 regatta/yacht timer module on top.  The strap is rubber (with a carbon-fiber looking texture to it) with a black PVD buckle.

Production is limited to 125 pieces.   Nicely done Maurice Lacroix.