The Bauhaus movement in design and architecture is known for minimalist, sober designs with a clear focus on functionality and everyday practicality. Combining crafts and fine arts, the movement attempts to unify mass production with artistic vision. In a sense, the same can be said about the watchmaking style employed by Ludwig Oechslin, most notably through Ochs & Junior. The clean, minimalist looking watches with clever and reliable mechanical solutions and complications are basically watches according to the Bauhaus style. The latest is the Ochs & Junior Line Mese 1.22, which the brand even labels as “Brutally Bauhaus”.
The Line Mese (or Line Date) is a straightforward time-and-date watch by Ochs & Junior. It falls precisely in line with the less-is-more approach to watchmaking the brand is known for, using only two components to indicate the date. This brilliantly simple construction is a testament to the thinking of Ludwig Oechslin.
Set in a 39mm wide titanium case, with visible machining and milling traces, the Line Mese 1.22 uses a sober black base dial. The dial is an actual functioning component to the date indication, a tactic we’ve seen in just about all O&J watches. The hands are finished in blue for the hours, yellow for the minutes and red for the seconds. This is paired with yellow hour indices at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 o’clock. The date is indicated through a series of holes in the dial, with a red dot on the disc underneath.
In terms of mechanics, Ochs & Junior uses the reliable ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. This is hidden from view by the caseback, which forms an integral part of the lugs. The two-component module on top replaces the traditional date indication. The frequency is 28,800vph, and it provides roughly 40 hours of autonomy.
The Ochs & Junior Line Mese 1.22 is a non-limited, non-customisable watch worn on a handmade black Cordura strap and retailing for CHF 3,230 (excl. tax). Where previously all Ochs 7 Junior watches were custom made-to-order, the brand has recently shifted in strategy by offering standard models at a more accessible price range, such as the Settimana and the Ochs Line Due Ore.
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