The Covid-19 pandemic brought the entire world to a grinding halt last year. However, with the preventive coronavirus vaccine rollout finally taking shape, 2021 should hopefully be a better year, and if everything goes as per plan, you might once again be able to board that plane for leisure or business travel. On this positive note, I would like to introduce our audience to the new Junghans Meister Worldtimer, a watch that could be a great wrist companion to all the globetrotters out there.
One of the things that immediately caught my attention on the Junghans Master Worldtimer is how clean and legible this watch is, especially considering the functionality on offer. As the name suggests, this watch can display time in several time-zones spread across the world, and the brand’s minimalist design approach ensures that you get just that, nothing less, nothing more. So, what we have here is a dial with 24 cities presented in 2 rings, a rotating 24-hour disc, an hour track which is a mix of applied and printed indices, and an elegant dauphine style handset. The dial is devoid of any distraction such as a world map relief or even a date window and only focuses on keeping accurate track of time.
There are three dial colors on offer; anthracite, blue, and silver, and all feature a nice sunburst effect, except for the silver dial, which has been given a matt treatment. And, while the Junghans Meister Worldtimer is overall a casual/ dressy watch, there are a couple of variants with golden highlights on offer which are better suited for a more formal setting.
The Meister Worldtimer comes equipped with a stainless-steel case that measures a modest 40mm in diameter. It features smooth flowing lines, which, combined with the downward curving lugs and a thickness of just 10.2mm should result in a comfortable fit on the wrist. A domed sapphire or a Plexiglass crystal on the front protects the dial, and there is an exhibition glass on the back to give a nice of mechanical internals of this watch. It is also worth noting that the sapphire version offers a water resistance of 50 meters, whereas the Plexiglass version is water-resistant to a paltry 30 meters.
Speaking of the internals, this watch is powered by the calibre J820.5, which is an ETA based self-winding unit that operates at 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of around 42 hours. The movement has been nice decorated using blued screws, perlage, and a Geneva striped rotor.
The Junghans Meister Worldtimer comes attached to a blue, black, or light brown strap, or a stainless-steel bracelet, depending on the color of the dial. Prices range between EUR 1,490 and EUR 1,790.