In 2018 Junghans presents the max bill MEGA, a world first: A timepiece that embodies precision perfectly – in design and technology. The design of the watch is based on the guiding principles of Max Bill, with simplicity and precision the characteristic elements of a good design.
As a consequence, the layout of the dial is planned down to the tiniest detail: the minimalist hands and indices are arranged with absolute consision, each element has its own position, length and function. The watch is reduced to the essentials. Max Bill once declared that he was “obsessed with creating attractive, precise timepieces”.
The new J101 radio-controlled manufacture movement from Junghans is equally precise: it guarantees absolute accuracy at all times, as it receives the signal of the time signal transmitter on three continents. Outside of reception range it continues to function with the precision of an especially precise quartz movement.
The wearer can rely on correct date changing at all times, as the display also shifts automatically from the last day of the month to the 1st day of the following month when the watch is in quartz mode, or when there are 30 or fewer days in the month. The double tick of the second hand on the dial also places a focus on precision when reading the time and goes to show: Simplicity is always a tic more stylish.
The JUNGHANS max bill line
True to the premise of “form follows function”, the artist and Bauhaus pupil Max Bill created a timepiece of a special kind. The logical dial layout of the kitchen clock of 1956, which made design history as the Max Bill wall clock, became the characteristic feature of his timepieces and was incorporated into the design of the first wristwatches of Max Bill in 1961.
The artist places particular value on the combination of utility value and beauty. With constructive clarity and the strive for aesthetic perfection, the design classics of the JUNGHANS max bill line are still produced largely unchanged to this day.
Model: max bill MEGA
J101.65 multi-frequency radio-controlled movement
– Hands position control via ITC (Intelligent Time Correction)
– Exact time display in half-second steps via SHM (Smart Hand Motion)
– The Advanced Moving Function (AMF) enables the display of the actual time without deviation
– Smart time setting via the Junghans MEGA App (from October 2018)
– Automatic search of time signal transmitter across 5 frequencies with the patented Junghans autoscan
– Time zone setting precise to the second
– Date display with perpetual calendar (also in quartz mode)
Stainless steel Ø 38.0 mm, height 9.3 mm, 4-times screwed stainless steel back with metallised mineral crystal, printed with world map and reception instructions, domed hard plexiglas with coating for enhanced scratch resistance
Water resistance: Up to 3 bar
Matt silver-plated or anthracite matt, dial markings with environmentallyfriendly Superluminova luminous substance
Hands: Hands with environmentally-friendly Superluminova luminous substance
Calf leather strap with stainless steel buckle
Stainless steel Milanaise bracelet in stainless steel with security buckle