Fifteen Years of Ochs und Junior

A small watchmaking enterprise began as an experiment continues to design watches that supply easy options and unorthodox shows for complicated timekeeping features.

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This 12 months marks the fifteenth anniversary of one of many longest operating experiments within the watch enterprise. Again in 2006, Ludwig Oechslin (of Ulysse Nardin fame and till 2014 curator of the Musée Worldwide d’Horlogerie (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds) and his fellow Ochs und Junior co-founders requested the watch world a opposite query – if you happen to might purchase a watch with problems that have been distilled all the way down to their most simple stage, would you?

Dr. Ludwig Oechslin

Then they took it just a few steps additional. What if the case was not polished, however considerably, nicely, fundamental?

In different phrases, what if you happen to might purchase a watch conceived by some of the well-known watch creators of latest occasions, one which possessed marvelous problems that aside from the dial of the watch, remained hidden away beneath a stable case again?

In a world the place watches are supposed to be extremely polished and eerily related in appear and feel, what if you happen to went a distinct approach?

The famed 39mm Ochs und Junior Annual-Calendar. Take a look at this video of Ludwig Oechslin explaining the date spiral for his perpetual calendar, which can also be related for his moon part watch.

Quick-forward to 2021. Whereas the experiment continues, it seems to be a convincing success with Ludwig Oechslin and Ochs und Junior persevering with to swim towards the mainstream. Right here’s a brief, three-part historical past of the idiosyncratic watchmaker.

The Basis

 This era includes Ludwig Oechslin, Beat Weinmann, and Kurt König (the proprietor of Embassy, the Lucerne-based jewellery retailer that Beat Weinmann was working for on the time). Ochs und Junior produced a really small variety of esoteric watches. These have been identified to a small group of collectors.

The Ochs und Junior Two-Timezones Date with rose gold PVD.

The Development Interval

This was when Ulysse Nardin was introduced in as a accomplice and Ochs und Junior arrange store in a studio area, just a little bit off the overwhelmed path in Lucerne.

The Ochs Interval

In 2019, after numerous thought and session throughout the household, Kornelia Imesch and Ludwig Oechslin purchased all of the shares of Ochs und Junior. However it is very important word that this was solely carried out as soon as it was clear that a number of the “Junior Ochs” would be a part of the corporate.  And to that finish, it has been agreed that two of the youthful Oechslins will likely be becoming a member of the group, which is now based mostly in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Contained in the Ochs und Junior Annual Calendar.

Ochs und Junior right this moment is a household firm, led by Dr. Ludwig Oechslin. The remainder of the band consists of Christian Gafner, who’s head of name and design, Violaine Baudouin, the advertising and marketing chief, and Louise Krank (a junior), communication designer.

The corporate’s watchmakers are Jost Schlatter and Masaki Kanazawa, who’s a Grasp Watchmaker for Ludwig Oechslin’s particular initiatives.

Ludwig Oechslin’s concepts will proceed to set the tone transferring ahead, which is de facto what has made Ochs und Junior what it’s right this moment. As the corporate evolves, it continues to develop by experimentation. Under are a few of Ochs and Junior’s most up-to-date designs.

All three Ochs und Junior Calendario Cent’anni fashions.

The Calendario Cent’anni

This 100-year calendar, designed by Ludwig Oechslin, contains a dial with a sign of hours, minutes, and seconds along with the right date, month, leap, or non-leap 12 months. The 40mm watch is titanium and is powered by a Ulysse Nardin UN-320 automated motion. The Arabic character or indices with hour/minute fingers are coated with SuperLuminova.

The Calendario Cent’anni (CCAII), a 100-year calendar.

Right here’s the way it reveals the time and date:

The dates (28, 29, 30, or 31 days of any month) are seen for 100 years, while not having correction for the size of any month (together with February in leap years), and are displayed through a touring, rectangular dot on the date spiral.

The month and leap years are on a central rotating disk. The bissextile year and the three following years are displayed on a decentralized disc, rotating along with the place of the month show. Lastly, the central hour and minutes with the seconds rotating are seen on a small disk at 6 o’clock.

The Calendario Cent’anni (CCAI), or 100-year calendar.

Costs start at CHF 15,230 (roughly $16,600).

The Settimana Restricted

This watch is designed to assist savor a favourite day of the week, permitting the wearer to set six “commonplace” days and one “further particular” one. It colorfully signifies hours, minutes, and seconds, and all seven weekdays by a clockwise rotating dot between 1 o’clock and seven o’clock.

The trio of Settimana fashions. They colorfully point out hours, minutes and seconds, and all seven weekdays by clockwise rotating dot between 1 o’clock and seven o’clock.

The titanium-cased Settimama measures 36mm in diameter and is powered by a Sellita SW 200-1 automated motion. The watch is on the market in three restricted shade variations of 11 items every. Costs begin at CHF 3,046, or roughly $3,300.

The brand new Moonphase Trilogy. All are 39mm and cased in titanium

Ochs und Junior moonphase

This particular version of the Ochs und Junior Moon Section is out there for pre-order in three 39mm variations and might be bought as a trio or individually.

The 39mm moonphase Emerald Inexperienced mannequin contains a lacquered dial with black galvanized moon disk and golden markers and fingers. It additionally contains a jade-stone because the solar on the 12 o’clock place.

Possibility one contains a black galvanized dial and purple lacquer-coated moon disk with purple markers and fingers with a case of black PVD-coated titanium. Another choice has a purple lacquer-coated dial with a black galvanized moon disk, black markers, and fingers in a titanium case. Possibility quantity three has an emerald-green lacquer-coated dial with a black galvanized moon disk, and gold-colored markers and fingers.

This emerald inexperienced watch will characteristic a jade solar on the 12 o’clock place. The straps are constituted of purple or black textiles with a titanium buckle. Costs: CHF 7,400, or roughly $8,100.

The Ochs und Junio Moonphase with black galvanic dial.

And there are extra attention-grabbing developments to come back, however suffice it to say after fifteen years Ochs und Junior is right here to remain.

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