The Junghans Max Bill Automatic ‚Soft Gold‘ Editions

The iconic Bauhaus watch gets a dressy new look.

Quick Take

At its core, this is the same Max Bill watch that Junghans has been making for over half a century. It has a clear dial that comes with your choice of either long stick markers or svelte Arabic numerals, just a hint of lume, and tons of negative space. The updates are to the color scheme, with the case getting a soft, semi-matte gold PVD treatment and the dial getting a subtle grey color that keeps the contrast low and the chic-factor high.

Why This Watch Matters

There’s not really a ton that’s new here, but it’s nice to see Junghans continue to successfully iterate on the classic Max Bill design. I’ve said it many times before; any time you start messing with a beloved design you risk ruining it outright. They’ve avoided that here by miles and the soft color palette pairs perfectly with the clean lines of the original.

Initial Thoughts

I’ve been a longtime fan of the Max Bill watches (I know I’m not alone there) and I think these new models are great additions to the collection. While I personally prefer the purity of the hand-wound models without the date window, an automatic with date is definitely more consumer friendly. The combination of the gold and grey is really elegant and I could see either of these models working as nice, contemporary dress watches that won’t set you back four or five figures.

The Basics

Brand: Junghans
Model: Max Bill Automatic „Soft Gold“ Edition
Reference Number: 027/7806.00 (Arabic numerals), 027/7805.00 (Stick markers)
Diameter: 38mm
Thickness: 10mm
Case Material: Stainless steel with soft gold PVD coating
Dial Color: Matte silver-plated with soft grey finish
Indexes: Arabic numerals or sticks
Lume: Yes, on hands and at 3, 6, 9, and 12
Water Resistance: Splash resistant
Strap/Bracelet: Grey leather with PVD coated buckle

The Movement

Caliber: Junghans J800.1 (ETA 2824-2 base)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Diameter: 25.6mm
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 25

Pricing & Availability

Price: €955 (approximately $1,175 at time of publishing)
Availability: Coming Soon

Source: HODINKEE

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