In 2019, Junghans announced a partnership with the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship and their position as the Official Timing Partner. In celebration of this, the German watchmaker has launched several special edition watches including a 2021-edition 1972 FIS watch with a striking white dial with red and blue detailing to represent the events logo. Now for the year 2023, as their partnership continues, Junghans announces another range of limited editions: a duo of bright yellow Junghans 1972 Chronoscope FIS Lemon watches…
When most think of Junghans, they think of their vast selections of modern and minimalistic watches like the Max Bill, the Meister and the FORM series. Unbeknownst to many is the German watch manufacturer’s history in sports timing which is largely defined by the year 1972, when Junghans was one of the official timekeepers of the Olympic Games. As well as supplying timekeeping instruments for tracking the events, Junghans also produced a line of timepieces for the public including a bullhead chronograph known as the Junghans Olympic Bullhead. The latter was revived last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the brand’s Olympic partnership and named the Junghans 1972 Competition watch. Now stealing this aesthetic and applying a bold yellow colourway to its dial and strap is the duo of Junghans 1972 Chronoscope FIS Lemon Limited Editions designed in honour of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship.
Junghans 1972 Competition Automatic FIS Edition Lemon Limited Edition Watch (27/4305.00)
Starting off with the 1972 Competition Automatic FIS Edition watch, we’re presented with the resolutely retro bullhead chronograph case with a large, on-the-side oval measuring to 45.5mm in diameter, 41mm in length and with a height of 14.5mm. It’s a large watch with the chronograph pushers placed on top, a fixed curved bezel, sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides and a screw down crown. The case back is also screwed to ensure a 100 metre water resistant rating and engraved with a special decoration to commemorate the 2023 FIS Nordic World Ski Championship held in Planica.
Of course the most noteworthy feature about both designs including the Junghans 1972 Competition Automatic FIS Edition Lemon Limited Edition watch is the bright yellow dial. The lemon-yellow backdrop isn’t going to be a winner for everybody, but it certainly enhances legibility with the vertically arranged chronograph counters contrasting in black. The counter at 12 o’clock is for the 30 minute totaliser while the 6 o’clock dial is for the small seconds. Both are set with yellow hands and white printed numerals. Powering the hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph and date function is the J880.5 automatic winding movement with a power reserve of 48 hours. The Junghans 1972 Competition Automatic FIS Edition Lemon watch is completed by a perforated yellow leather strap with black lining and a stainless steel folding buckle. It retails at £2,540 and is limited to 150 pieces.
The Junghans 1972 Competition Quartz FIS Edition Lemon Limited Edition Watch (41/4369.00)
The second design in the collection is the battery-operated Junghans 1972 Competition Quartz FIS Edition Lemon watch, another limited edition of 150 pieces at a more affordable price of £780. The case differs to its automatic brother, still vintage in its personality but lacking the bullhead configuration up top. The cushion-shaped stainless steel case measures to 43.3mm wide and 11.3mm tall and adds sharp, brushed angles to the lugs and a black and silver unidirectional bezel with a 60 minute scale. The oval chronograph pushers are in their traditional position on the right hand side of the case sitting beside the screw in, 100 metre water resistant rated crown. There’s the same sapphire crystal glass and decorated screw down case back.
The dial of the Junghans 1972 Competition Quartz FIS Edition Lemon Limited Edition watch is applied with the same vivid yellow shade and displays central hours and minutes, with small seconds and chronograph hours and minutes in a tricompax layout. The counters are done in black, cleverly cushion-shaped to match the case, and pair with an angled date window at 4:30. There’s also the familiar blocky applied indexes and luminescent inserts. Finally, the Junghans 1972 Competition Quartz FIS Edition Lemon watch completes its aesthetic with the same yellow leather rally-style band and stainless steel folding buckle.
If you’d like to learn more about the new Junghans 1972 Chronoscope FIS Lemon watches and secure one of the 150 limited edition pieces for yourself, head over to the Jura Watches website here. Alternatively, get in touch with the team by calling 01335 453453 or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.