Junghans recently launched two exclusive Meister Fein Automatic Erhard Editions to commemorate Erhard Junghans’ birthday on January 1, 200 years ago. The two limited edition models (200 each) combine a wonderful blend of tradition and innovation. A polished white dial pays homage to the company’s history featuring Junghan’s historical lettering and custom-designed fine Roman numeral hour markers.
For the 39.5mm case, there is a choice of 18-carat white or yellow gold. Junghans says the front and bottom of the timepieces have spherically shaped sapphire glass – the ergonomic shape ensures comfort and allows a look into the inner workings of these luxury watches. To complete the three-dimensional feel, both the dial and hands are slightly curved.
Inside the case is the automatic caliber J800.1 with a rotor specifically designed for this model. Junghans opted for this two-arm design to provide a nearly unobstructed view of the movement through the sapphire case back The movement is rhodium-plated and features blued screws, appropriate finishing for a timepiece to mark such an occasion. Junghans says they developed and assembled the rotor in Schramberg to give the wearer “an almost uncovered view” of the decorated movement with its two-arm design. Additionally, the company included a portrait of Erhard Junghans engraved on the rotor bearing cover. What’s more, both editions’ backs boast Erhard Junghans signature as a symbol to represent the founder’s imprint.
It all started in 1861 when Junghans and his brother-in-law Jakob Zeller-Tobler acquired the property in Geisshalde, which remains the company’s headquarters today. When the arrival of inexpensive overseas imports threatened traditional watchmaking, Junghans responded by introducing technical innovations and equally innovative production processes. And the company entered the 20th century as the world’s largest watch manufacturer of timepieces.
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