This watch was difficult to see at BaselWorld, and we're not talking about the legibility.
The design was so striking that pieces on display were rarely in their show cases - everyone wanted to see, hold and ultimately wear this watch.
The Junghans Connection to Classic Automobiles
Arthur Junghans, son of company founder Erhard Junghans, was an early automobile enthusiast: in 1892 he bought one of the first Daimler test cars, which was personally driven to him in Schramberg by Wilhelm Maybach.
A close friendship developed between the technically-minded Arthur Junghans, Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler.
As a result, Schramberg regularly played host to the technical elite of the era, from Robert Bosch to Ferdinand von Zeppelin. These meetings held at Arthur Junghans' villa served to generate ideas, with these in turn producing numerous significant inventions.
Pulling elements from an era considered the "golden age" of car manufacturing and intertwining them with the rich history of watchmaking, the Junghans Meister Driver Hand Wind Black Dial delivers a true blend of nostalgia and class.
The Junghans Meister Driver Hand Wind Black Dial honors its historical roots by uniting exceptional quality and craftsmanship with modern style.
As a "measuring stick of excellence", Junghans drew inspiration for this model from an extraordinary - and rare - classic car built in 1932, the Maybach DS 8 Zeppelin. The Maybach is so rare that only 25 exist worldwide.
The dial of the Junghans Meister Driver Hand Wind Black Dial is very reminiscent of the dashboard speedometer. A distinctive lacquer finish underscores the three-dimensional aspect of the domed crystal and the nostalgic charm of the timepiece.
The discreetly-padded leather strap with contrast stitching also reflects the affinity to the car: not only do they incorporate the interior colors of the classic vehicle, the lining leather also features the typical perforations of the classic car seats.
The Junghans Meister Driver Hand Wind Black Dial displays a color combination based upon the paintwork of the classic car: dark anthracite, cream, and light grey.
To ensure optimal readability even during moments of darkness, the large numerals and bold hands feature SuperLuminova.
This watch is powered by a hand-winding movement (J815.1) which again parallels its historical roots, as the first car clocks were also hand wound. The dial also features a small seconds at 6.
Next, the polished stainless steel case continues to add classic appeal. The watch is enclosed by a domed hardened plexiglass crystal with SICRALAN coating for added protection from scratches.
This watch is water resistant to 30 meters and features a black calf leather strap with perforated lining and tang buckle.