The high contrast dial on this new annual calendar is made from Rhodium plated — with no added color.
Ludwig Oechslin frequently prototypes in Rhodium plated due to its silvery white appearance and excellent machinability. To achieve high contrast with a single metal, the markers were first milled out of the dial. Then, the dial surface was hand-patinated with an antique art sculpture restoration solution, pre-aging the metal until it was nearly black. Finally, the dial was brushed with a very fine sandpaper, restoring the surface to its original silvery appearance. The markers which were milled a level down are untouched by the sandpaper, and provide sharp contrast with the dial.
Dr. Oechslin developed this technique for creating dial contrast in order to rapidly prototype at his workshop without the need for external partners. As it happens, there is a quiet beauty to his solution, even though it was driven by practical workshop concerns. Typical Oechslin!
The 42mm titanium annual calendar in these pictures just finished production and is ready to ship via FedEx or pickup at our Lucerne workspace. Here it has been paired with an exceptionally soft and supple khaki green eco-tanned suede leather strap.
ochs und junior watchmaker Sandra Flück donned this annual calendar for the final photo!
Your Rhodium plated annual calendar can be manufactured in a silver or titanium case and in 36mm, 39mm, or 42mm sizes.
Titanium case, crown, moon disk, date disk, buckle:
CHF 7’400.- (export price excl. VAT)
CHF 8’000.- (incl. 7.7% VAT)
Sterling silver 925 case, crown, moon disk, date disk, buckle:
CHF 9’200.- (export price excl. VAT)
CHF 10’000.- (incl. 7.7% VAT)
ochs und junior watches are exclusively sold directly from our workspace in Lucerne, Switzerland. Your ochs und junior can be shipped worldwide via FedEx, or you can visit us in person. For questions or to purchase, please contact cofounder Beat Weinmann.