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Watch trends 2019: Design & Performance

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July 2019


Watch trends 2019: Design & Performance

2019 marks the centenary of the creation of the Bauhaus, an exacting movement, the precepts of which still exert a profound influence on us, whether we realise it or not. According to the Bauhaus, formal expression, stripped of any superfluous decorative effect, is the direct expression of the function that the ergonomically designed object is intended to perform. That’s not to forget the democratic requirement of perfectly balanced value for money.

NOMOS TANGENTE SPORT NEOMATIK 42 DATE

As the managers of Nomos state, “our watches probably do not correspond exactly to the Bauhaus of 1919, but we believe that they are watches that Bauhaus members might have designed and worn in 2019. They embody the Bauhaus of today.”

The new Tangente Sport is the perfect illustration of this, with its manifestly simple case, its sober, slender typography, its easy legibility and perfect proportions. Equipped with the ultra-thin (3.6 mm thick) neomatik date calibre, DUW 6101, by Nomos, it is extremely compact, robust and water-resistant (to 1,000 feet, around 300m). Its specially designed strap is absolutely remarkable – in our view one of the most beautiful straps we saw at Baselworld. Graphically striking and exceptionally comfortable, supple and robust, the watch is made up of 145 parts, each hand-screwed, and comes with a folding clasp specifically designed for this 42 mm model.

Watch trends 2019: Design & Performance

€3,980

JUNGHANS MAX BILL CHRONOGRAPH 100 YEARS OF BAUHAUS

“Make watches that are as far removed as possible from any fashion. Be as timeless as possible, but without forgetting the time,” Max Bill used to say of the watches that this former Bauhaus pupil designed for Junghans from 1961.

Watch trends 2019: Design & Performance

A dial trimmed down to the essentials for optimum legibility, clearly distinguishable hands, extremely clear typography – these are the elements that make up the Max Bill Chronoscope 100 Years of Bauhaus limited edition in 18-karat white gold. It features a white polished dial with luminous dots, 12-hour and 30-minute counters arranged vertically, a stop-seconds mechanism and the date, the red colour of which recalls the famous entrance to the original Bauhaus building (reproduced on the watch’s transparent screwed caseback).

€7,950

FRÉDÉRIQUE CONSTANT SLIMLINE POWER RESERVE MANUFACTURE

Classic though its design may be, it shows perfect control: 40 mm case in plain or rose-gold-plated stainless steel, dial with sunray brushing in either silver, dark grey or navy blue, Roman numerals, classic black or white hands, small seconds dial and an ultra-legible power reserve indicator set at 10 o’clock. The watch is equipped with the manufacturer’s 28th in-house calibre. A fine achievement.

Watch trends 2019: Design & Performance

From €3,295

JEAN MARCEL ACCURACY

Step by step, Jean Marcel is building up a range of watches that are elegant, well-designed and offering very appreciable performance, whether in terms of thinness (remember the 6.8 mm Somnium released in 2017) or, as here, chronometric performance. “Only COSC-certified movements offering a variation of less than 1 second per month” will be encased in the 300 pieces that make up this edition. Their signature feature is a watch glass made of aluminosilicate, a material nine times more hard-wearing than conventional mineral glass, which lends this watch undeniable warmth.

Watch trends 2019: Design & Performance

From €450