ochs und junior was founded in 2006 by two veterans of the Swiss watch industry: Ludwig Oechslin and Beat Weinmann. Weinmann worked for 16 years as managing director of Embassy, one of Europe’s leading watch retailers, while Oechslin designed some of Ulysse Nardin’s most awarded watches (including the Freak and Trilogy of Time). The board of directors for ochs und junior includes the CEO and COO of Ulysse Nardin.
Ludwig Oechslin is responsible for all of ochs und junior’s technical innovations and functional designs. For over 20 years he created for Ulysse Nardin award-winning watches including the Freak, Moonstruck, Trilogy of Time, Perpetual GMT, and Sonata. From 2001 to February 2014, Oechslin curated and managed the most important museum dedicated to the history of watch and clock making, the Musée International d’Horlogerie (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. As a Doctor of Theoretical Physics (University of Bern) and qualified mathematician, astronomer and archaeologist, he uses his extensive learning and experience to create innovative wristwatches that excel in one area for which, to date, Swiss watchmaking is not known: simplification. Complications in mechanical wristwatches such as calendars conventionally incorporate levers and springs. Oechslin’s studies of astronomical devices, and his restoration and documentation of the Farnese astronomical clock in the Vatican between 1978 and 1982, taught him that gears are a better solution for a wristwatch; he now bases his designs on that insight. His novel combinations of cogwheels and epicyclic (planetary) gearing are so straightforward that they can be manufactured by any competent engineering workshop, and offer excellent operational reliability. More information is available about Oechslin here.
Co-founder Beat Weinmann was CEO of ochs und junior until the end of November 2019. Beat Weinmann served 16 years on the management board of Lucerne-based watch and luxury goods retailer, Embassy. Access to one of the largest selections of exclusive brands sharpened his discernment and, with his critical faculties, made him an acknowledged expert in the Swiss watch industry. During his tenure as ochs und junior’s CEO, Beat Weinmann represented the interface between production, planning, communication, sales and service. He focused on direct communication with the customer. In addition to serving as the head of production, he provided the customer with expert advice on his or her choice of a perfect watch – and ensured visitors to ochs und junior’s center of operations in Lucerne received a warm welcome.
The board of directors
President: Kornelia Imesch Oechslin (Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture at the University of Lausanne). Board members: Patrick Pruniaux (CEO of Ulysse Nardin), Lucas Humair (Industrial Director for Ulysse Nardin).