Junghans Meister Calendar

Angus Davies provides an in-depth review of the Jughans Meister Calendar. This watch, from the brand based in the heart of the Black Forest, presents an array of functions expertly delivered with a clean and legible dial display.

This detailed review of the Junghans Meister Calendar contains live images, specification details and pricing.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Time is uniform and consistent in magnitude, seconds remain seconds, minutes don’t alter in length and days continue to consist of 24 hours. However, it seems our perception of time changes as we grow older.

As a young adolescent I would yearn for time to “get a move on”. I wanted to be older and dreamt of becoming 17 years of age in order to get behind the wheel of my first car. Annoyingly, time seemed stubborn, ignoring my wish for it to elapse quickly, frustrating my precocious dreams and conspiring to make me use public transport.

Now I am middle-aged, I increasingly feel that time elapses with amazing alacrity. My children have seemingly morphed from toddlers to young adults at breakneck speed. My mind continues to perceive that I am in my early thirties, but sadly the cruel honesty of my bathroom mirror quashes this belief and I have to face the painful truth, I am getting older.

It is now July and the first half of 2014 has disappeared, evaporating into the ether, like scent escaping from an opened bottle. Time has immense value which increases with age and yet seems to be consumed more readily with the onset of years.

I now wish to savour time more than ever. I want to budget every available minute at my disposal and spend it wisely. It is for this reason I appreciate the various functions conferred with this charming watch from Junghans, the Junghans Meister Calendar.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

This watch is available in various forms and I recently had the opportunity to wear a steel cased version with a brown strap.

The dial

This watch offers a compendium of functions including hours, minutes, central sweep seconds, date, day, month and moon-phase indication. It allows the wearer to be fully aware of the passage of time and allocate precious periods sparingly for necessary tasks.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

However, a potential risk of displaying numerous functions on a dial is that it can appear cluttered and confusing. This potential failing is expertly sidestepped with the Junghans Meister Calendar. It is an exemplar of clarity with ease of interpretation becoming obvious within seconds of making its acquaintance.

The sword-shaped hour and minute hands are silver and feature luminescent material to their centres. They cleanly impart time with lucidity, allowing the wearer to interpret the prevailing period instantly. There is no ambiguity with the information they display.

Applied hour markers feature at noon, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The intervening hour markers consist of black strokes printed on the dial surface. The hour markers are elongated but svelte, granting a graceful air to the whole of the dial composition. The integers between each hour marker consist of short, neat strokes, unobtrusively aiding the interpretation of time with a hushed tone.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Adjacent 10 o’clock, an aperture reveals the day. The aperture is stylish, featuring a recessed frame which guides the eyes to the relevant date.

Located opposite the day display, and sharing the same design language, is the month display.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Gracing the southern aspect of the dial is a moon-phase indicator and date display. The date is indicated using a circular scale and the moon is depicted in a silver hue matching the tincture of the case material. Moreover, it features a Jughans silver star twinkling in its artistic depiction of the nocturnal sky.

A delightful aspect of the combined moon-phase and date display is its recessed profile. It is not stepped lower but rather employs a “bowl-shaped bezel” which results in a swooping downward line from the adjacent main dial surface. It is a small detail which enhances the whole composition.

The dial surface stylishly tapers down towards the edge adjacent the case band. This line follows the arc of the Plexiglas and charmingly exploits different depths to comely effect.

The case

The Plexiglas imbues the Junghans Meister Calendar with a slightly vintage persona, reinforcing the sense of classicism and referencing the design of watches from the 1960s. A problem with Plexiglas historically has been its vulnerability to scratches or, worse still, breakage. However, this watch features SICRALAN® coating which is said to improve the surface hardness of polycarbonates and acrylics.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Despite having a traditional mien, the 40.4mm case is modern in scale and felt comfortable when worn.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Interestingly, the watch has a stated height of 12.0mm, yet feels much thinner once on the arm. Part of the reason for the perception of slimness is the ingenious use of angles. The edge of the case back tapers upwards, with the case band appearing very slim. This grants the Meister Calendar a lithe appearance and also confers greater wearer comfort by allowing free movement of the wrist.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

The lugs are elongated, further accentuating the perception of slimness and they gently taper downwards.

The crown is neat, yet simple to manipulate. It features the brand’s logo on its vertical flank, a detail repeated on the inside of the strap, enhancing the harmonious composition of the watch.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Junghans has elected to fit the Meister Calendar with a sapphire case back. This decision is something I personally appreciate. It allows the wearer to remove the watch from the wrist and savour each exquisite detail of the movement within.

The movement

The self-winding movement calibre J800.3 features many details which are very appealing. For instance, the oscillating mass is adorned with Côtes de Genève motif and there are numerous blued screws in evidence.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Closing remarks

Time is precious. In youth it is frittered away with wasteful abandon. As one becomes older, its scarcity adopts increased gravitas.

Now I have reached a stage where the pace I erode time seems to have increased. It dissipates freely even despite my best efforts at trying to manage it carefully.

Junghans Meister Calendar - ref. 027/4200.00 - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Junghans has created a watch which allows the wearer to appreciate time. It displays time with clarity, courtesy of its user-friendly dial display. However, the Meister Calendar usurps the mere functional and delivers a welcome charm thanks to its elegant face and graceful lines. This is a watch which delivers a visual feast of delicious detail which enhances the appraisal of time and helps mitigate the melancholy that comes from realising we are all getting a little older.

Technical specification

  • Model: Junghans Meister Calendar
  • Reference: 027/4200.00
  • Case: Stainless steel; diameter 40.50 mm; height 12.00 mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; date; day; month; moon-phase indication.
  • Movement: Calibre J800.3, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz) ; 25 jewels; Power reserve of 38 hours.
  • Strap: Brown horseskin strap presented on a stainless steel pin buckle.

Acknowledgement

I would like to thank CW Sellors Jura, for kindly providing access to this remarkable timepiece.

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