Erhard’s sons Erhard Jr and Arthur later took charge of the company, with Arthur spending extended periods in the
United States, observing cutting-edge production techniques. At the time the Americans were early pioneers of
watchmaking and Arthur was able to utilise these developing traditions and insert into the business. Not long after
the turn of the century they became the largest watch and clock factory in the world. At this stage, over 3,000
employees were contributing to the production of three million timepieces per year. Quantity wasn’t their only
mantra. Visionary operational strategies spearheaded further progress, but it was the ground-breaking design by
Swiss architect Max Bill in 1961 that would accelerate the status of the company in the watch world.
While much has changed since then, the Max Bill timepiece has not, retaining a timeless Bauhaus design, with its
purist dial to the specially-created, rounded numerals and on to the domed glass that accentuates the historical
charm of the watch. The blend of utility, value and beauty could not be better. The philosophy of Max Bill very much
lives on at The Rake. The Rake’s collection includes the black Leather and matte Max Bill Chronoscope watch. The
minimalistic matte black dial is reduced to the essential elements with matte silver-plated, minute track and hands
and luminous points beneath the elegantly domed scratch-resistant glass cover. It has a stainless- steel bezel, 40mm
case with a self-winding movement calibre J880.2 that offers up to 48 –hours of power reserve.
To emulate the minimalistic beauty of the Max Bill mechanical watch, the Junghans' quartz movement J645.33 timepiece,
is true to the influential designer's elegant, refined and simplistic aesthetic. This dark-brown leather model,
which The Rake has the pleasure of offering, has a white dial depicting the watchmaker's trademark rounded numbers.
Other features include a minute track and hands with luminous points housed within a stainless steel 38mm case.
These mechanical wristwatches by Junghans were held in such high esteem that they were awarded the honour of being
the official timekeeper of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
If you’re looking for an affordable timepiece that sees watchmaking and art harmonise wonderfully on the wrist, then
look no further than Junghans’ covetable Max Bill models.