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The new BAU 1296 - Minimalist excellence

For this model we wanted to go a step further in design and quality of components and materials.

In terms of design, we have removed the brand, and left a clean and purely functional dial. We added the date function, in a square window at 3 o'clock.

We also decided to introduce the easy change straps, which can be changed without the use of tools, just by operating a metal pin. Along with this improvement, we have decided that all watches will always delivered with two straps, one black and one brown, to make the most of the possible combinations.
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The watches will be manufactured in two sizes, 40 mm and 36 mm. 40 mm being the most traditional size, similar to our BAU 963, and 36 mm oriented for people with thinner wrists or who prefer a more discreet option.

The dials will be offered in black and white, with details in Lume on needles and on the dial. 4 watch models with 2 strap options, 8 possible combinations.

We have included a rounded sapphire crystal and Swiss quartz machinery, brand RONDA.

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Our Ethos

Our Ethos

The Bauhaus approach to Minimal Watches Design

The Staatliches Bauhaus

Founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, the Staatliches Bauhaus —commonly known as Bauhaus—, was an art and crafts school that changed the way architecture, design and art was understood, and the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century.

The Staatliches Bauhaus

Among other characteristics, the Bauhaus design principles were oriented to unite creativity and manufacturing, art and craft, design and function.

The revolutionary curriculum of the Bauhaus school emphasized functionalism through simplified, geometric forms that allowed new designs to comply with the Bauhaus principles.


The Principles of Minimal Design. A Bauhaus legacy.

Our watches are designed from the ground following a series of basic principles, the also called Minimal Design Principles.

ludwig mies van der rohe minimalist design less is more

 Less is more

Although not official, the motto composed by German architect and designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Aachen, Germany, March 27, 1886 - Chicago, Illinois, August 17, 1969) is the most popular version of the ideas behind the minimalism. He was also the author of the phrase "God is in the details".

richard buckminster do more with less minimalist design bau watches

Do more, with less

The phrase belongs to the American designer and architect Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (July 12, 1895 - July 1, 1983). The phrase was born of the ideology known as the ephemeralizationr: the tendency of technology to do more with less, until you get to do everything with nothing (according to its author).

dieter rams braun desirner minimalist design bau watches

Less, but better

This phrase is from Dieter Rams (May 20, 1932, Wiesbaden Germany). Rams is an industrial designer, and was director of design at Braun. Tipped by rationalism and the Gute Form (continuation of the Bauhaus School), Rams imbibed Braun designs with a practical simplicity that not only survived, but expanded to many other brands and enterprises such as Apple itself.


BAU Watches: Bauhaus Minimalistic Timepieces

Time-telling mechanisms that are simplistic in nature and design, BAU Watches, Bauhaus minimalist watches, are a perfect fit, as their minimalist design makes them elegant enough to be dress watches, yet simple enough for daily —or even sport— wear.
Functionality, elegance and minimalism in a package of premium materials, craftmanship and components.
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