Junghans returns to radio-controlled timekeeping for contemporary family of Mega watches

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Junghans has added the accuracy of radio-controlled timekeeping to a modern day re-invention of its Mega family from the 1990s.

The old Mega platform might have been labelled the first smartwatch around quarter of a century ago, with its connectivity via radio waves to masts beaming time correction information.

The 2018 J101 radio-controlled manufacture movement is being used in new collections of Max Bill and Meister watches that retain all of their minimalist characteristics expected from the German designer.

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The only sign that they are radio-controlled is the appearance of the Mega logo on their dials.

The radio-controlled  movement guarantees precision when it is in range of a timekeeping radio signal. On three continents, including Europe, the time is received via a time signal with a deviation of just 0.006 seconds in one million years.

If the watch is outside of the reception range, it continues to run automatically with a maximum time deviation of 8 seconds a year.

The Max Bill Mega and Meister Mega watches automatically adjust to the correct time every day. When travelling to another time zone, the time can be adjusted via the crown, either in hourly steps or by using the stored time zones, without losing the precision of the seconds.

The Max Bill Mega collection, which uses a steel 38mm case, ranges in price from £790 on a leather strap to £835 on steel mesh.


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