There’s a lot of Swiss watchmaking history that backs this watch—over 150 years of experience—as well as over three decades of experience in radio-controlled movements.
The Junghans Meister MEGA timepiece was created by the Junghans designers in Schramberg, Germany, where the company resides, and the movement was developed by in-house engineers. This new J101 multi-frequency radio-controlled movement comprises 146 components, each tested to the strictest standards. As an example, the plate alone is tested at 1,462 measuring points to an accuracy of 5 micrometers, which, of course, translates to the overall accuracy of the watch.
The time is interpreted on three continents via a time signal (hence the cool map design on the dial), with a deviation of just 0.006 seconds in one million years. If the watch is outside the reception range, it continues to run automatically with the accuracy of a quartz movement, with a maximum time deviation of eight seconds a year.
The Intelligent Time Correction (ITC) means that the position of the second hand is checked with the most recently received time 1,440 times per day and adjusted if needed. Accuracy also comes from the Smart Hand Motion (SHM) technology that ensures the watch is even more precise thanks to the half-second steps of the second hand. The movement of the second and minute hands, as well as the changing of the date, are triggered a fraction of a second before the actual time change.
Time synchronization of the movement takes place automatically. When traveling to another time zone, the time may be adjusted via the crown, either in hourly increments or by using the stored time zones. The option of setting the watch when outside the reception areas is available via the Junghans MEGA App. Other features include an automatic search of the time signal transmitter across five frequencies with the patented Junghans autoscan, and a date display with a perpetual calendar.
The 38.4 mm stainless steel variation of the watch, on a stainless steel bracelet, features an anthracite dial with a sunray finish. The dial is decorated with a world map and reception instructions, while the hour and minute hands are treated with an environmentally friendly Superluminova substance. The screwed stainless steel caseback has a tinted mineral crystal, and the stainless steel bracelet is equipped with a folding clasp.
The version that comes on a leather strap, also 38.4mm, has a stainless steel case or a rose gold-colored PVD-coated case. Dials come in matte white or midnight blue with a sunray finish. The rose gold-colored model features rose gold-colored hands and indexes. Straps are crafted from horse leather and feature either a stainless steel or rose gold-colored buckle. Price: $1,190 - $1,290