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At the beginning of the 20th century, German-based Junghans was the largest clock manufacturer in the world. When it needed new, larger facilities in which to manufacture those clocks, the company teamed with architect Philipp Jakob Manz, who designed Terrassenbau, a dramatically terraced set of workplace buildings for the clockmaker. The building, in Schramberg, is one of the most spectacular industrial buildings worldwide to be built on a sloping site.

The Junghans Terrassenbau buildings.

The building, which today houses the Junghans museum, instantly became the centerpiece of the sprawling Junghans factory. During the 1950s and 1960s, the heyday of firm’s mechanical movements manufacturing era, Junghans created and manufactured numerous calibers in the building just in front of the site, with caliber and watch assembly conducted in the terrace building itself.

The Junghans Terrassenbau assembly room, pictured in 1920.

The long expanse of windowed floors allowed watchmakers to work with perfect daylight on assembly and regulation, uninterrupted by workers conducting other watchmaking processes.

The Terrace Building now houses the Junghans museum.

New watches

Just two years ago, Junghans celebrated 100 years of the architectural history of the facility with a limited edition, 40.7mm gold-cased Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau. This year, Junghans debuts two steel-cased, non-chronograph Terrassenbau models, each a 1,500-piece limited edition.

Junghans Meister Classic Terrassenbau, an automatic model. ($1,895)

One, the Meister Classic Terrassenbau (Master Classic) is a three-hand automatic watch with date in a 38.4mm steel case. The second is a 37.7mm steel-cased, manual-wind time-only watch, the Meister Handaufzug Terrassenbau (the Master Handwind) with small seconds. Both watches feature ETA-based calibers upgraded by Junghans.

The Junghans Meister Handaufzug Terrassenbau, a manual-wind model. ($1,695)

In addition to their Terassenbau-colored dials, these new models incorporate elements of the Schramberg facility into their design. For example, the minute track of the matte-silver dial reflects the meandering design of the wall decorations in the terrace building, while the green alligator leather strap echoes the dark green of the wall tiles in the stairways.

The Master Handwind (Meister Handaufzug) Terrassenbau , showing caseback with ‘windows’ exposing the movement.

Even the caseback of each watch reveals a detailed image of the source of inspiration itself, applied using Junghans’ own printing plant. Also from the back, small windows provide a view into each watch’s movement.

The new watches are limited to 1,500 units each. Prices: The Jungians automatic Meister Classic Terrassenbau is $1,895 and the Junghans Meister Handaufzug Terrassenbau, the manual-wind model, is $1,695.

 

Junghans cases new models in its Force Mega Solar collection with a dark matte or polished ‘premium grade’ ceramic material and a sapphire crystal. The watch is also now available with a choice of three rubber strap, hand and marker  hues: black, brown and khaki.

The new Junghans Force Mega Solar.

The watch, which boasts the latest generation of Junghans’ multi-frequency movement that accesses time-signal transmitters worldwide, features a fairly minimalistic dial set with hyper-efficient solar cells.

While a digital date appears at 6 o’clock, the analog hands belie decades of technological development within the moderately thin (8.2mm) case. Indeed, German-based Junghans first developed its own radio-controlled solar watch in 1993 and has updated them frequently in the decades since.

This latest-generation Junghans Mega Solar movement features a power reserve up to twenty-one months with an automatic sleep mode that kicks into effect if the watch has not been exposed to light within a consecutive seventy-two-hour period.

The new ceramic cases are either dark polished or matte-finished and arrive with lightweight rubber strap in contrasting black, brown or khaki to match the hands and markers. A PVD-coated titanium folding clasp secures the strap.

Price: On pictured rubber strap: $ 1,195. The model is also available with a ceramic bracelet, priced at $1,495.

 

Specifications: Junghans Force Mega Solar

Movement: Multi-frequency radio-controlled solar movement J615.84
Big date display, perpetual calendar, App-connected automatic reception of time signal transmitters DCF77, MSF, JJY40/60, WWVB60, power reserve up to 21 months, automatic sleep mode after 72 hours without exposure to light.

Case: 40.4mm by 8.2 mm polished or matte ceramic with sapphire crystal, 4-times screwed ceramic case back, water resistance to 50 meters. 

Dial: Glass solar cells. Dial markings with environmentally friendly SuperLuminova in white, brown or khaki.

Hands: With environmentally friendly luminous substance.

Strap: Synthetic rubber strap with titanium buckle, PVD-coated.