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He certainly knew what time it was. Its was his time – as well as that of Walter Gropius and Wilhelm Wagenfeld or Eileen Gray. Together with him, Max Bill, they shaped the avant-garde movement of the Bauhaus, which celebrates its centenary this year. Time for us too – to take a look into our iF archives again. Swiss architect, artist, painter, typeface designer, industrial designer and graphic designer Max Bill and watch manufacturer Junghans are part of the design excellence with diverse watches which remained classics until today. See below a summary:
Not only are the Junghans watches designed by Bill among the most copied items on the internet, the company just releaseed a self-winding watch created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus: "Automatic 100 Yars Bauhaus". Why is there this fascination for the iconic Max Bill Junghans watches? "The design of Max Bill distinguishes itself through its clarity and reduction. Concerning the wriswatches, which Bill designed for Junghans in the early 1960s, it is the good clearness of display. Especially outstanding is the typography of the watches with numbered dials, clearly rounded and without embellishment that displays the typical handwriting of the Bahaus trained artist - this is even more evident, when you take a close look at the number 4", says Matthias Stotz, director of Uhrenfabrik Junghans GmbH & Co. KG. "These iconic watches show, until today, how the fascination for good, clear design cannot ever be broken", Stotz continues, "wearing a Junghans max bill is equal to wearing a piece of design history on your wrist!"
In 1927, Bill arrived in Dessau and for the first time in his life, he saw a Bauhaus buildng. He described it as "something never seen before: white walls and huge dark glass façades with the student residence at the forefront and the balcony doors accentuated in red lead."
"This feeling of exhilaration experienced by Max Bill upon encountering the Bauhaus is reflected in the 1,000 limited edition Junghans max bill Automatic. This watch bears the fundamental ideas ingrained in the very fabric of the Bauhaus. The matt silver dial commemorates the white walls of the building in Dessau, the anthracite-colored case is representative of the striking façade, and the red hands mirror the color of the famous red doors", states the company.