The German art school Bauhaus only operated for 14 years, but it left a significant and lasting impression on design philosophy. Many of today’s minimalist, function-first watch designs take influence from the school and none is more associated with it than those designed by the famous Bauhaus graduate Max Bill and produced by German watch maker Junghans. 2019 marks 100 years since the school’s founding, and Junghans is releasing special Bauhaus editions across its various Max Bill watch collections, the latest of which is the Chronoscope.
Following the time-only Max Bill Automatik 100 Jahre Bauhaus released earlier in the year, Junghans is applying the same treatment to the chronograph version called the Chronoscope for the anniversary. The idea is to reference the main building of the Bauhaus school building in Dessau with its dark windows, white walls, and conspicuous single red doors. The watch, therefore, features a 40mm-wide (14.4mm thick) steel case with anthracite matte PVD coating, a stark white dial, and red accents — most noticeably for the date wheel, but also for the hands’ lume color.
The case back has a motif of the building itself, red door and all, where the windows themselves provide a view of the ETA/Valjoux 7750 automatic movement inside with a 48-hour power reserve. The Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope 100 Jahre Bauhaus watch has a price of $2,295 and is limited to 1,000 pieces.