Junghans was once the world’s largest clock and watch manufacturer. Back in the early 20th century, it had over 3,000 employees. The brand was (and remains) based in Schramberg, and accommodating its expanding workforce and operations within this cramped valley became a challenge. German architect Philipp Jakob Manz rose up to it though, by designing a nine-stepped terrace building that was built on a slope.

Junghans's manufactory, with the terrace building in the background
Junghans’s manufactory, with the terrace building in the background (Source: Junghans)

The terrace building was completed within two years and inaugurated in 1918. Its unusual design didn’t just maximise the usage of space within the valley, but also ensured that the entire building was well lit by natural light. Consequently, it became the centre of the Junghans manufactory: assembly work was moved there, with the sensitive and demanding work of assembling and regulating chronometers occupying its top floor.

Junghans Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau chronograph
To commemorate the centenary of this architectural icon in 2018, Junghans has released the Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau chronograph. The timepiece is a tweaked version of the familiar Meister Chronoscope and is largely similar to it, from the tri-compax layout to the thin bezel and sword-shaped hands. Where the new timepiece differs is its more elaborate chapter ring, as well as the engraving of the famed building on its case back.

Junghans Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau chronograph
Two references of the Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau are available: one in rose gold that is limited to just 100 pieces, and one in steel that is limited to 1,000 pieces. Junghan’s timepieces are retailing at Watches of Switzerland boutiques at VivoCity, Tampines Mall and Paragon.
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