Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope combines the charm of classic cars with a passion for mechanical timepieces. Arthur Junghans had an enduring influence on the relationship between German watch manufacturer Junghans and the automobile. As the company founder’s son, Arthur Junghans ordered one of the first Daimler test vehicles in 1892. Then in 1895, he acquired a second automobile; a four-seater Motor-Viktoriawagen.
To enable the use of a steering wheel in the car, Herr Junghans had to produce the worm gear steering himself. At the beginning of the 20th century the first laws were passed regulating speed in built-up areas, increasing the need for and significance of clocks in automobiles.
In 1908 Junghans produced its first car clocks. These not only aided the time orientation of the driver, they were also a form of tachometer: using the time taken to travel a known distance, it was possible to determine the speed at which it was covered – making the car clock a key instrument for drivers.
From Arthur Junghans to Dr. Hans-Jochem and Hannes Steim, present-day owners of the German watch manufacturer Junghans, the passion for automobiles remains undimmed. The Steim car collection in Schramberg comprises vehicles representing a cross-section from 110 years of automobile history. Classic Maybachs from the 1930s and Mercedes models from the 1950s have served as inspiration for new timepieces.
The new Meister Driver Chronoscope incorporates design elements of these classic cars in its appearance. The dial resembles a speedometer, evoking the charm of the instruments found in vehicles of times gone by. Large minute and hour markers are based on the speed indicators of cars, lending the timepiece a distinctive character, further accentuated by a nostalgically-styled minute-track.
The classic car flair is also underscored by color-contrast zones and the two totalizers in bi-compax arrangement, set into the dial in the bowl-shaped form typical of the Meister range. The stopwatch function of the mechanical movement enables the driver to measure his own time precisely, not just in the hourglass class of classic car rallys, where only mechanical timekeeping is permitted.
Whether on a stainless steel bracelet or leather strap featuring the perforation typical of car seats, it is not merely car enthusiasts who are fascinated by the Meister Driver Chronoscope.