Junghans is once again the Official Timing Partner for the 54th edition of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships which takes place later this month, starting on 21st February and finishing on 5th March, in Planica, Slovenia, and will be the largest sporting event in the country’s history The event takes place every two years and was last held in Oberstdorf in 2021 and Seefeld in 2019.
This will be the third time in a row that Junghans is the Official Timing Partner, and to celebrate, they have launched two limited edition sporting timepieces to mark the occasion, with just 150 pieces bring produced.
The first watch it the 1972 Competition FIS Edition Lemon, and the second, the 1972 Chronoscope Quarz Edition FIS Lemon, symbolising the Schramberg watchmaker’s unique connection to winter sports.
This year, Junghans is not only a sponsor of the event, but is also represented by brand ambassador Karl Geiger in the ski jumping competitions.
Thomas Fiedler, Head of Marketing at Junghans, speaking about the importance of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships for the watch manufacturer, says:
“Whether in cross-country skiing, ski jumping or Nordic combined, the fight for medals in winter sports combines two things that are integral parts of the Junghans DNA: the decisive role played by time, and the firmly anchored tradition of winter sports in our home, the Black Forest.”
Junghans started out by producing handheld stopwatches in the 1920s, and became involved with numerous major sporting events between 1960 and 1980, setting standards in sports timing with the development of several technical innovations, including downhill and slalom skiing. The introduction of the electronic start control system, “chronometry” in top sports reached its peak through Junghans in 1972, which is where both these timepieces draw their names and design from.
The sports-style colour design in lemon and black is a reference to the rather extrovert style of the 1970s, emphasising its dynamic design. For example, the 1972 Competition FIS Edition Lemon has been designed in the style of a handheld stopwatch – and staying true to its historical predecessor – the controls of the 1972 Competition are located on the top of the oval stainless-steel case. The chronograph allows you to determine both the time required for a track section as well as the speed at which it was completed. The perforated bracelet is supported by the ergonomically curved bottom and is doubly screwed down.
The 1972 Chronoscope Quarz Edition FIS Lemon allows winter sports fans to keep track of run times thanks to its unidirectional turning bezel and stop function which is accurate to 1/5th of a second. The leather straps with large cutouts provides a quick release, similar to the ski change on mass start distance races in cross-country skiing.
Both watches have Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides and are water resistance up to 10 bar, making them ideal for sporting use.
Fiedler concludes by saying:
“We are very pleased to continue our involvement as the Official Timing Partner at the 54th FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Whether on the slope or from the jump-off platform: we wish all athletes a successful competition and that extra bit of luck in the chase for perfect timing!”
For more information on Junghans and these two limited edition sporting timepieces, please visit: https://www.junghans.de.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a former member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Junghans