We’ve seen a new kind of energy at Ochs und Junior in recent months. The small independent watchmaking company revolving around Ludwig Oechslin has presented new models with a distinct difference from earlier collections. Gone are the days of customizable models, as the recent Calendario Cent’Anni, Settimana Raw, and Settimana Next reveal. Next in line is perhaps the simplest, most practical of all: the Ochs und Junior Ochs Line Due Ore.
The idea behind every single Ochs und Junior has always been to simplify everything as much as possible. Oechslin’s philosophy is to use as few components as possible to indicate extra information in the simplest way imaginable. The Ochs Line is the new label under which Ochs und Junior presents its non-customizable models, such as the Due Ore, a long-standing model in the brand’s portfolio (see below for details).
The Due Ore offers a second time zone at a glance and can be quickly adjusted as you travel further from home. The case is made in grade 5 titanium, with a width of 39mm and a height of 10.4mm. As always, the case proudly shows its machining and milling traces for that industrial look that characterizes O&J. The two-part construction is simple, with a sapphire crystal on top and a sturdy, knurled crown at 3 o’clock.
Ochs und Junior presents this Due Ore in two variations, both using the same matte navy blue dial. This is combined with smoked green or signature orange indices and hands. Underneath the dial is a colour-matching second time zone disc, visible through twelve trapezoidal cut-outs. Every marker, numeral and hand is coated with Super-LumiNova. The first time zone is indicated by the hands, with the second one adjustable through the crown. Simply line up the correct time zone with the double marker at 12 o’clock, and you should be good to go.
The Ochs und Junior Ochs Line Due Ore uses a base ETA 2824-2, with a two-part module on top. This workhorse of an automatic movement normally comes with time and date indications. Ochs und Junior replaces the 31-tooth date disc and replaces it with a 48-tooth second time zone disc. This simple yet effective solution lets you easily adjust the second time zone through the crown. Pull it out, and where you would normally find the date setting position, you can now move the second time zone disc forwards and backwards in one-hour increments. Fully wound, you have 38 hours of power reserve to support you along your way.
The new Ochs und Junior Ochs Line Due Ore is worn on a handmade navy Cordura strap with the brand’s signature pin buckle. After feeding it through the buckle, you tuck in the loose end underneath the other end of the strap. This eliminates the need for traditional keepers and provides a carefree wearing experience as there’s less chance of your watch getting caught on something. The Ochs und Junior Ochs Line Due Ore is non-customizable and retails for CHF 3,230 (excl. taxes). Rest assured, if these two designs might not be entirely up to your alley, Ochs und Junior also offers a customizable version of the Due Ore.
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