Junghans Meister Terrassenbau Limited Series : The Meister Classic Terrassenbau and the Meister Handaufzug Terrassenbau

 

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Built on a sloping site, the terrace building is one of the most spectacular industrial buildings in the world. This 100 year old manufacture building symbolises one of the most outstanding periods in the history of Uhrenfabrik Junghans.

Junghans pays tribute to this period in the form of two special timepieces limited to 1,500 units respectively: the Meister Classic Terrassenbau and the Meister Handaufzug Terrassenbau.

Junghans Meister Classic TerrassenbauJunghans Meister Classic Terrassenbau

With an ever increasing demand for timepieces out of the Black Forest, Junghans counted as the biggest clock manufacturer in the world at the beginning of the 20th century. Due to the narrow nature of the valley in which the site of the business was located, Arthur Junghans and Stuttgart architect Philipp Jakob Manz took the decision to build the factory premises over nine levels on the steep hillside covered with a dense population of spruce. Over the following decades, the terrace building would become the core of watch and calibre assembly.

It was also during this period that the Meister models were born. The first mechanical watches in the series originated back as the 1930s, enjoying their heyday throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Automatic movements such as the chronometer calibre J83 developed specifically for the Meister series, are amongst the most sophisticated ever designed in the terrace building.

The new Meister Terrassenbau series allows you to experience this particular period of the company’s history on your very own wrist. The classic elegance of the Meister models is represented in both limited special editions: A particularly intricate design, the convex dial with accentuated main indices and the harmonious aesthetics of the colour nuances are the achievement of masterly watch design.

Junghans Meister Classic TerrassenbauJunghans Meister Classic Terrassenbau

The meandering pattern of the terrace building as an embossed design element is relayed in the minute track – standing out subtly in a soft grey from the fine matt silver of the dial. A white ring runs along the outer edge of the minute track to emphasise the elaborately crafted dial.

The hue of the alligator leather strap is taken directly from the dark green wall tiles which adorn the stairways of the architectural landmark. Applied using Junghans’s very own printing facilities, a wonderfully detailed image of the source of inspiration itself is then revealed on the case back.

Junghans Meister Terrassenbau Limited Series caseback

The miniature transparent windows also provide a view of the inner workings: intricate interaction of numerous gear wheels with utmost precision, very much representative of the working procedures applied by the watchmakers of yesteryear.

Following extensive renovation work, the listed terrace building now houses a museum covering the history of clockmaking in the Black Forest. It also serves as a source of inspiration for the creation of exceptional timepieces more than one hundred years after its original construction – as so eloquently evidenced in the Meister Classic Terrassenbau and the Meister Handaufzug Terrassenbau.

Technical details

Model: Meister Classic Terrassenbau
Reference 027/4019.02

Movement
Self-winding movement calibre J820.4 with a power reserve of up to 42 hours, date

Case
Stainless steel Ø 38.4 mm, height 9.0 mm, convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating on both sides, 5-times screwed case back with partial printing: A view of the movement is provided through the windows of the terrace building
Water resistant up to 5 bar

Dial
Matt silver-plated with outer rim in matt white
Special feature: Original meander design of the terrace building’s wall ornamentation as minute track
Hands: With environmentally-friendly luminous substance

Strap
Alligator leather strap in green with grey joints, stainless steel folding clasp
Special feature: The alligator leather strap represents the design of the wall tiles in the terrace building

Edition
Limited to 1,500 watches

Model: Meister Handaufzug Terrassenbau
Reference 027/3000.02

Movement
Hand-winding movement calibre J815.1 with a power reserve of up to 42 hours, small second

Case
Stainless steel, Ø 37.7 mm, height 7.3 mm, convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating on both sides, 5-times screwed case back with partial printing: A view of the movement is provided through the windows of the terrace building
Water resistant up to 5 bar

Dial
Matt silver-plated with outer rim in matt white
Special feature: Original meander design of the terrace building’s wall ornamentation as minute track
Hands: With environmentally-friendly luminous substance

Strap
Alligator leather strap in green with grey joints, stainless steel folding clasp
Special feature: The alligator leather strap represents the design of the wall tiles in the terrace building

Edition
Limited to 1,500 watches

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