I have to be honest, when I first saw the Junghans Form watches in a press release a few weeks before Basel World 2017, I wasn’t blown away. They were generally appealing, sure, and being Junghans I knew they would deliver in build and finish, but… they just lacked charisma. They were a bit too stoic, too serious. Well, having now spent some time with one, I am happy to say that I was totally wrong about my assumptions. Yes, it’s a serious watch – dry even – but it also is exactly as it should be, and a contender for one of the nicest business-casual watches I’ve ever worn.
The Form watches aren’t a part of any existing Junghans line, rather they are a whole new one. This wouldn’t be significant with other brands, but with Junghans, most of their watches in the last few years have been couched in their Meister or Max Bill lines. Interestingly, all three lines share some common relatives, some DNA, yet differ in the details, making them different species (or perhaps family? my taxonomy is rusty). The point being, that a new line is kind of a big deal, as they’re likely only going to expand upon it from here.
So, to kick things off, Junghans released four watches in two groups (genuses perhaps?) the Form As and the Form Cs. While that might seem like a play on the alphabet it’s actually A for Automatic and C for Chronograph. Within each is a version with hour numerals, and one without. The two automatics sport ETA 2824s and go for $920, while the chronos are actually quartz and come in at $490, indicating that, at least for now, the Forms are on the entry-level side of Junghans’ offerings.