Anniversary editions are raining down at the start of 2023. After Seiko, through the Turtle SPB333J1, and Blancpain, for the 70th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms, it’s the turn of Junghans to celebrate a key date with the Meister Fein Automatic Edition Erhard.
A tribute to Erhard Junghans
Erhard Junghans is none other than the founding father of the eponymous house. This visionary genius was born on January 1, 1823, a year ago 200 years. After a successful apprenticeship in a straw hat factory, of which he very quickly became a partner and general manager, he launched into the manufacture of watches in 1959 before register the name “Junghans” in 1861. Success was there and the brand quickly established itself as one of the largest manufacturers in the world with more than 9000 units produced per day. Unfortunately, he only remained at the head of the factory for a very short time, after his premature death in 1870.
A duo of gold limited editions
As you will have understood, 2023 is an important date in the Junghans calendar and the tribute is up to the event. On the menu : two gold editions produced in 200 copies each. You will have the choice between a white gold or yellow gold case both in 18 carats and displaying a pleasant diameter of 39.5mm for 11mm thick. Something to delight the majority of wrists while remaining in line with the dressy spirit of the series.
A unique dial
Let’s continue with the dial, a magnificent polished white background adorned with long, thin Roman numerals marking the hours. Their very elongated profile offers a unique aesthetic to this anniversary dial. They are swept by a very discreet set of hands, in keeping with the colors of the cases, all complemented by a date window at 3 o’clock. Another detail to highlight, the brand logo has been adapted for the occasion. Still inscribed at 12 o’clock, it directly echoes Junghans historical inscription used at the beginning of the last century. Everything is protected by a domed sapphire crystal.
A Swiss automatic movement
On the mechanical side, nothing surprising. Our duo of the day is driven by a Swiss automatic movement, the caliber J800.1. As you can imagine, it is in fact a Sellita SW200 base, modified by the mark. The oscillating weight has notably been reworked for the occasion. The latter is largely openworked, allowing you to appreciate the smallest details of the mechanism, and adorned with the portrait of Erhard Junghans. The German house celebrates the anniversary of its founder in a very beautiful way, through two limited gold pieces, offered at 8450€ each.
FEATURES – JUNGHANS MEISTER FEIN AUTOMATIC EDITION ERHARD
Case: 18-carat white or yellow gold – satin finish – 39.5mm wide x 11mm thick – domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment – transparent back – water resistance 3 ATM (30 meters)
Dial: polished white background – printed markings and historical inscription – black Roman numerals – domed and polished baton hands – date window with white background at 3 o’clock
Movement : automatic – J800.1 caliber (Sellita SW200 base) – 38-hour power reserve – 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) – 25 jewels – anti-shock system – stop-second function – 25.6mm wide x 4.6mm high height – hours, minutes, seconds and date
Bracelet : smooth leather – domed shape – fitted cut of 20/18mm or 22/10mm – black satin surface & beige backing – white stitching & boat tip – pin buckle clasp with brushed & satin finish
Information: references 27/9300.00 & 27/9301.00 – limited edition of 200 copies per model – available in partner stores – 2-year warranty – €8450 including tax