Earlier this year at the Baselworld 2016, the German watchmaker unveiled Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope timepiece. This novelty is a part of the new Junghans Meister Driver Series and it was among the most popular Junghans models presented at the prestigious event.
Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope is inspired by the brand’s connection to automotive history and it features design elements of German classic cars of the past. The dial reminds of a speedometer with large minute and hour markers, which contributes to the distinctive character of the watch together with the nostalgically-designed minute-track.
The dial is offered in two different variants – a beige one or a two-tone gray with red hands on the chronograph counters. At the outer rim of the dial there is a very delicate white minute track. For the best visibility in low lightening conditions, the centrally mounted silver dauphine hands for the hours and minutes are filled with luminous substance. The chronograph second hand extends all the way to the edge of the dial. The dial that exudes a classic car flair also comprises a small seconds counter which is placed at the 3 o’clock position and the 30-minute chronograph counter which is located at the 9 o’clock position in a so-called bicompax layout.
The new Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope is housed in a bowl shaped stainless steel case which measures 40.80mm in diameter and 12.60mm in thickness. The front side of the watch is protected with a domed hard plexiglass with Sicralan coating, a treatment which improves the scratch proof properties of the surfaces. It also adds to the vintage feel of the watch. The water resistance is assured down to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
The chronograph pushers are oval-shaped, while the crown is finished with a decorative Junghans-star and a knurled edge for added grip.
The beating heart of the Driver Chronoscope is the impeccable caliber J880.3. It is yet another modular design from Junghans with an ETA 2892-2 base and a Dubois Depraz module. The self-winding movement operates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 alternation per hour (4 Hz). The movement’s decoration includes blued screws, perlage, and Côtes de Genève. The inner beauty of the new Meister Driver Chronoscope can be seen through a transparent case back.
The Meister Driver Chronoscope comes attached to a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp or a calf leather strap with perforated lining typical of classic car seats, ending with a tang buckle. The version with the steel bracelet can be purchased for 2,090 Euros which is approximately $2,340, while the models with straps come with the retail price of 1,990 Euros ($2,230) each.