Max Bill is the most famous Bauhaus student. Other than being an influential 20th century graphic designer, sculptor, architect, industrial designer, politician, teacher, silversmith, rector and the principal figure of Concretism, he also designed a watch befitting any graphic designer’s wrist—the Junghans Max Bill.
I will not go into an in-depth review of this timepiece. You can find that elsewhere. We’ll discuss why choose Junghans Max Bill, especially if you’re a graphic designer.
Junghans Max Bill watch was designed according to the Bauhaus principles of design: less is more. Function defines form, no frills, no decorations but therein lies the beauty of this timepiece. It’s the embodiment of a long design tradition that defined the modern age.
WHY JUNGHANS MAX BILL AND NOT OTHERS?
For graphic designers (and those who appreciate design) Junghans Max Bill is the epitome of great Bauhaus design. It traces its origin back to the source of modern design philosophy (the Bauhaus) and one of the figures that defined it. No other watch can claim such provenance.
For more than half a century Junghnas Max Bill’s design hasn’t changed. It still looks like the original watches produced by Junghans and designed by Max Bill in the 1950’s. Oddly enough the watch still looks very modern after all those years. This timelessness is testament to a great design and a piece of art history that you could own at a relatively affordable price.
QUARTZ WATCH OR MECHANICAL WATCH?
Junghans Max Bill is available in different versions, you can find them in Amazon. You can pick and choose which strap you want (I went for a 3rd party cordovan strap from Amazon). There's a quartz version, automatic version and a hand-wound version, not to mention that it also comes in different colors! There is also a chronograph version and the original version. But the more important question is, quartz or manual?
I bought the classic mechanical hand-wound version of the Junghans Max Bill. There’s something so comforting about a non-digital, non-electronic object that works without a battery. It sets the daily ritual every time I wind it in the morning. The classic version is also the one that resembles the original watch designed by Max Bill.
Here's a wrist shot of Junghans Max Bill. It's perfect for those who have think wrists. It looks perfect for my wrists and it looks really sharp with a cordovan strap. Nobody knows that I'm wearing an expensive watch, that gives me a silent confidence that is akin to some sort of a secret knowledge.
How about accuracy? If you want accuracy stick with your phone. The reason you’re buying a mechanical watch is to fill some obscure weird anachronistic need for something low-tech. Mechanical watches are not just a device that measures time, but also a piece of functional art that you can regularly appreciate... especially one designed by the most important figure of the Bauhaus movement, Max Bill.
JUNGHANS MAX BILL DIFFERENT VERSIONS/CONFIGURATIONS
As mentioned, Junghans Max Bill comes in different forms, sizes, designs, and strap combination. You can pick and choose one that suits your needs. Personally, I would recommend the classic hand-wound one to those who want a piece of art history and quartz for those who's main concern is accuracy and convenience.