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Hugo Junkers

Hugo Junkers made aviation history with his aeroplanes, above all the J 1, the F 13 and the JU 52. His inventions and achievements paved the way for civil aviation. They are still in use today, in every Airbus and Boeing that flies high above our heads. Of course, times bring innovations and the beginning of the 20th century was particularly rich in them. But it was Hugo Junkers who, through his tireless drive for research and determination to fight against the resistance in the minds of his colleagues, consistently realised these developments and, contrary to the opinion of the time, made metal fly. In 1910, he patented the idea of accommodating the struts, propulsion and, if possible, the cargo and passengers of an aeroplane in a hollow body, the shape of which was instrumental in providing lift for the aircraft. The so-called thick wing is taken for granted today and is used worldwide.

Hugo Junkers did not design his aircraft on his own, from sketch to production model. He knew how to recognize and encourage talent and work toward a common goal. As a result, each Junkers aircraft is always closely associated with the name of a designer whom Hugo Junkers was able to commission and challenge to realize his vision. Because of this attitude, he also recognized early on the potential of the Bauhaus, which no longer saw research, art and craft as separate, and became one of its most prominent supporters at the time.

As a consequence of his research, for the purpose of which he specially constructed a wind tunnel and set it up on the roof of his first teaching facility, the RWTH Aachen, aircraft were created that also became visually groundbreaking. Nowadays they may seem rather clunky, but if you compare them with the "flying boxes" before, you can see the revolution.

The Junkers A50 - streamlined pure form

The Junkers A50 Junior is an outstanding example of the streamlined shape of a Junkers aeroplane. Designed purely as a sports aeroplane, the reduction in weight was particularly important here. This led to the reduced, narrow fuselage, which still looks extremely aesthetic today.

The perfect, beautiful shape of Hugo Junkers' aircraft and the fact that a technology that is over one hundred years old is still valid today continues to inspire enthusiasm. Currently, two Hugo Junkers models are back in the air, practically true to the original, built by the Junkers Flugzeugwerke. Engines have evolved and been adapted accordingly, and digitalization has naturally been incorporated into the instrumentation. The basic form, however, hardly had to be touched and so today pilots can fly safely and efficiently in a legendary machine that can call itself a classic.

When it comes to watches, Junkers is not just thinking about yesterday either. Sure, the development of a portable watch dates back to the 15th century. Nor has its form changed significantly. In aviation, watches play an important role for various reasons. Comparable to nautical science, they have always been an integral part of steering and navigational instruments. With our timepieces, we want to give people of today an accessory of daily life, which recalls achievements of mankind, reflects one's own style and also makes the practical use a pleasure again and again. Ingenuity and aviation is deeply rooted in our DNA. Currently, Junkers Uhren is busy fiddling with a very special material innovation in collaboration with the Flugzeugwerke. Who's to say that an innovation couldn't be transferred from one discipline to another, from a past to the present?

The Junkers A 50 Special Edition

The Junkers A 50 Special Edition comes with an applied airplane on the corrugated metal dial, so every time you look at the watch, it reminds you of the feeling of flying over over the mountains and valleys in an open sports plane. Since the watch is equipped with a GMT movement, an individual second time zone can be set.