ochs und junior (no capital letters) is a truly fascinating independent watchmaker founded by industry legend Ludwig Ochslin and completely dedicated to minimalism – and not only in regards to design but also to simplifying complications. The brand has been around for years, but has recently been given some fresh air, with Christian Gaffner joining the team and bringing new designs. Recent models with watches like the Settimana or the “Raw” series have shown great creativity and a new focus on accessibility. Today, the independent watchmaker is launching something bold and bright with the Ochs & Junior line Meuse 2.22, with a deep “clean blue” dial.
This new line 2.22 follows in the footsteps of the 1.22 launched earlier this year. a clock”Brutal Bauhaus,” As our own Robin and the brand explain, the minimalist look, graphic elements, use of primary colors in light touches and less-is-more approach to watchmaking make the brand famous. And, it goes without saying that Ludwig Oechslin’s brilliantly simplistic production is the guide. ochs und junior line mese 2.22, like the previous edition of this watch, is all about simplified design and mechanics, probably the least complicated date watch on the market with a 2-part mechanism… and don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s hard to imagine something simpler than building an over-engineered module .
This new edition of the Line Mess features a classic Ochslin-style case with 2-part construction and naked shape At 39mm in diameter, with very small lugs and a height of 10.40mm, it’s a relatively compact watch that still has a presence on the wrist. Comfort is not neglected either, as the grade 5 titanium case weighs only 54 grams. A signature element of many o&j watches, the surface of the case is intentionally left unfinished, with visible machining marks. It’s a very wearable watch, with a sapphire crystal on top, a screw-down crown and 100 meters of water-resistance.
The main innovation of this ochs and junior line Meuse 2.22 is the color of the dial. And it is a very special color, a deep, vivid and symbolic tone of blue called “Yves Klein Blue” obtained by the PVD process through the positive coating at La Chaux-de-Fonds. Color is applied to the raw-looking brass surface, exposing machining marks. The dial and date disc at the top use this intense color, while the indexes, hands and date dots are treated with white Super-LumiNova.
As for mechanics, the ochs und junior line Meuse 2.22 is about the essentials with a display of time and date. The interesting point, of course, is the date. The latter relies on a series of 31 holes to provide a sense of animation and clarity. As you can see, the 31st hole overlaps the 1st hole, with a clever idea behind it. In fact, 30 evenly spaced holes make a perfect minute and second readable (holes are even minutes, spaces are odd). And since the dot is not a dot, but a curved dash, the 1st and 31st are always shown separately… typical Oechslin.
Power on this watch comes from the classic ETA 2824-2 (automatic, 4Hz, 38h power reserve). Above is the date module designed by Oechslin and it consists of only 2 parts – the date disc and the original top dial. The watch is delivered on a blue-black Ecopel Ngion nappa leather strap, handcrafted by Bern-based designer Sabina Breger.
ochs und junior line mese 2.22 is now available for orders with 50% advance payment and deliveries are expected in 12-16 weeks. There is a price CHF 3,230 (excluding taxes), and the watch is not limited. For more details and orders, please visit www.ochsundjunior.swiss.