Celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, German watch brand Junghans released several commemorative watches. Boasting a well-defined and smartly discreet colour-coded power reserve indicator, the Meister Gangreserve Edition 160 model is one among these.
An index-style, colour-coded indicator on the dial displays the amount of power still available to the movement on the Meister Gangreserve Edition 160 watch. This timepiece is available in three versions, each limited to just 160 units in celebration of this anniversary year. Mechanical watches with coloured segments in an opening on the dial at the 6 o’clock position, provided to indicate when winding was once again required, were unveiled by Junghans as far back as the 1950s.
The Meister Gangreserve Edition 160 is available in three different design variants, each expressing the elegance of the watch series in its own individual fashion: the charm of the stainless steel model is its fine silver-plated dial and metal bracelet conceived especially for the Meister line. At the same time, both versions of leather strap are simply enchanting either as a combination of warm gold hue with light brown, or an appealing interaction of night blue and cognac.
Harmoniously blending with the overall appearance of the timepiece, the colouring of the power reserve complication is specially adapted for each of the three variants. Discreetly integrated as an index-style aperture at six o’clock, it coordinates seamlessly with the dial arrangement typical of the Meisterline, with accentuated main indices and pointed hands.
The model with stainless steel bracelet shows the power reserve in the universally recognised colours of a traffic light system – namely red, amber and green. In both leather strap versions, the power reserve display and the dial are coloured identically when the watch is fully wound.
From all but completely indiscernible, the power reserve display then begins to glow ever brighter as the available power diminishes: Up until the remaining power reserve is reduced to fifty percent, the aperture in the dial transitions through ever more intense shades of grey, before the red signal colour used in the original design becomes ever more apparent to indicate a pending, complete depletion of energy.
The transparent panel on the back of the case grants a view of the embellished self-winding movement of the Meister power reserve. In addition, the engraved limitation number serves as validation that every copy of this anniversary model is an exclusive collector’s item.
Model: Meister Gangreserve Edition 160
Self-winding movement J810.2, power reserve of up to 42 hours, date and power reserve display
Stainless steel or PVD-coated
Ø 40.4 mm, height 11.1 mm
5-times screwed case back with mineral crystal
Glass: Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating on both sides
Blue with sunray brush (model 27/4114.02)
Hands: With environmentally-friendly, white luminous substance
Leather strap with stainless steel or PVD-coated buckle
Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
Water-resistance: Up to 5 bar
Limited to 160 units of each model