In celebration of German watchmaker Junghans’ 150th anniversary, the company will release in July 2012 the Meister Handwind timepiece, a revamped version of the company’s 1930s era models.
Junghans Meister Handwind, or ‘Meister Handaufzeufg’ in its German moniker, is a simple and classic dress watch in both its appearance and technical aspects. The watch’s 37.7mm case is uniquely thin at just 7.3 mm, adding a hint of elegance and uniqueness to the timepiece itself.
The Meister Handwind watch features a thin, circular crown that has a simple, subtle knob coming from the right-hand side for its manual winding movement. The white dial, which is tucked under domed crystal, features long elegant lines to mark the hours and a subdial just underneath its center indicating the seconds.
This timepiece comes in three different colors, each, while not wildly different, evoking its own elegant feel. The difference between the versions can be seen in the color of the crown, matching the hands and the quarter-hour markings, with buyers having a choice of silver steel, a shiny gold, or a more bronze-gold color. Through mineral crystal on the back of the case, the watch’s movement and technical aspects can be viewed and admired.
As a commemorative, but newly released watch, the Meister Handwind simultaneously appears modern, while making reference to the retro, perfectly combining both Junghans heritage and seeing the company’s movement into the future. Unlike many men’s dress watches, which hope to show off and draw attention, this watch holds the fine quality of being both understated and masculine, a balance that can be difficult to strike.
At a retail price ranging from 950 to 1.050 Euros (approximately $1,183 to $1,300), Junghans Meister Handwind timepiece is extremely affordable relative to other men’s dress watches. Watches similar to this one, such as Piaget’s Altiplano watch or Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Grande Ultra Thin timepiece, tend to be priced significantly higher at about $19,000 and $5,000, respectively. For the man not expecting to wear a luxury dress watch on a daily basis, the Junghans Meister Handwind timepiece presents one of the best deals available.
As one of Germany’s premier luxury watchmakers, this milestone marks a great achievement for Junghans, appropriately celebrated with the release of the Meister Handwind timepiece in July 2012. As an elegant, understated dress watch, this timepiece is slated to be a classic of Junghans collection, fit for the modern man with an appeal for the retro.
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