Junghans is a company indebted to its past. It began in 1861, when Erhard Junghans and his brother in law Jakob Zeller-Tobler created the company, then named “Junghans und Tobler”. Schramberg (a town located in Baden-Württemberg – southwest of Germany), where it was born, greatly influenced Junghans; the company did impact the town in a meaningful way too. The history of the town rich in inventors is intertwined with that of the company as many of the surrounding industries also developed alongside it. Its past helped determine the trajectory of its success today. Now under the direction of the Steim family, Junghan still is located in Schramberg, in the district of Rottweil where it all began.
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Some of its past accomplishments
Junghans was a clock component factory for many decades, before it created its first batches of wristwatches in the 1930s. For a time, it became the largest clock factory in the world, with 3000 employees on its payroll.
Junghans had a special relationship with Swiss architect and artist Max Bill in the 1950s. It was then that Bill began creating timepieces for them, with the wall clock displayed at The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan probably the most notable. The partnership lasted beyond the decade, with the renowned artist making mechanical wristwatches for the company. The next decades saw the company introduce the first radio-controlled table clock and the MEGA 1, which was the first radio-controlled wristwatch.
Each process is one step towards a beauty
The creation of Junghans watch all begins with the design. Watches start as sketches and a few factors, including the movement that will be used, are considered in making decisions to the appearance. Everything has to work seamlessly in a compact form that can be better understood with 3D visualization.
Once the step is done, the Design Department passes it on to begin the development process. In-house experts develop the components right up to the movements with the most recent software. The dimensions should be accurate to stay true to the design. The signatures of the brand are also kept to make the watch recognizable in an instant.
The results of the development process are all subjected into strict assessments. Each one should pass in all aspects necessary before the parts are put together. But once the watches are whole, more tests are lined up. Mechanical watches would then go through another checking and adjusting as necessary. The timepieces then take the final steps of being subjected to a sensitivity test, water-resistance test and a final inspection before being passed to production.
A few enviable pieces
With such a meticulous process, one can only expect to see awe-inspiring timepieces that would be great to don on a wrist or add to a big collection. Junghans has quite a few. For those who value comfort, Junghans Form is the ultimate watch. Not only does it have a sleek and modern design, but it also ensures a good fit with its convex shape. The slim timepiece also features an embossed minute track. It’s a great example of watch that combines form with function, looking good on you while being precise in its time-telling abilities.
The designs created by Swiss artist Max Bill also stays with the brand repertoire, having a separate Junghans Max Bill collection. A few changes were made here and there but the simple appearance stays mostly the same. The watches are clear-cut, with rounded numerals and a domed glass, but it is sophisticated nonetheless. Descendants of Max Bill are consulted from time to time to keep the collection as original as possible.
Meanwhile, Junghans Meister still prizes the beauty all Junghans possess in addition to the complex calibers. It is among the oldest yet it still retains the charm that it exuded as much as it did during the 1950s and the 1960s. The collection is an ode to the era when Junghans manufactured its most sophisticated of calibers.
Even though the brand has mostly stayed within the Black Forest, this choice has not impeded its development, still growing and producing topnotch German watches. The values of ingenuity and desire for precision still drive the company, combining state-of-the-art technology with a standout design. Today, watch lovers enjoy the very best Black Forest has to offer, something that can be truly considered a German watch.
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