MAX BILL MEGA SOLAR
Credits: Uhrenfabrik Junghans GmbH & Co. KG
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Uhrenfabrik Junghans GmbH & Co. KG
This minimalist watch was created by Max Bill back in 1962 and rose to become a design classic. Meanwhile, there is state-of-the-art technology inside the case: the precise time is determined by a multi-frequency radio-controlled module powered by photovoltaic energy. An integrated power reservoir is supplied with energy by an invisible solar cell beneath the grey but translucent dial and guarantees a six-month power reserve. Exposing the watch to direct sunlight for two minutes is sufficient for normal daily use; the remaining power reserve is indicated via the position of the second hand. The extremely slender case is just nine millimetres high and, like the strap, is made of titanium. As a result, the watch is extremely light, robust and skin-friendly.
The watch not only proves that classic designs can withstand the test of time but that they can be translated into the present technologically as well. The lightness of the watch and the clever, invisible integration of the technology that generates its solar energy deserve special mention.