March 27th, 2020
We are happy to announce that we are currently getting settled in our new workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Our phone number (+4141266 0212) remains the same and you can still contact us by the usual email. The mailing address is ochs und junior AG, Rue Numa-Droz 143, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones during these trying times!
March 16th, 2020
After managing the affairs of ochs und junior for the last three months, we are pleased to announce that Marc Bernhardt has permanently joined ochs und junior as new managing director. His appointment coincides with our imminent move to the new premises in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Here’s his reaction:
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining ochs und junior, which right from the beginning in 2006, has done things contrary to the rest of the traditional watch industry. It shuns the world of hyper marketing, uses Ludwig Oechslin’s genius to create remarkably uncomplicated complications, treats its customers like friends of the family, and only makes watches as it and its customers see fit. I have come to appreciate ochs und junior’s often quirky supporters and have fallen in love with its timepieces. There is something genuine and brutal about them (I mean the watches), which is something that traditional watchmaking often lacks. There is no talk about “lifestyle”, or that you ought to wear the watch during the Battle of Britain or that a reincarnation of Mr. Breguet has magically worked on your watch. Going forward Ludwig Oechslin will continue to be the brain of the company and Jost Schlatter, whom we will profile in a later blog, is our skilled watchmaker putting together our unique time companions. My experience hitherto with ochs und junior can be summarized as follows: Ochs und junior may be a “strange animal”, but the more time you spend with it, the more you will discover that there is actually no other way to tell time. You will learn to tell time gradually, then very suddenly!”
March 5th, 2020
As previously announced ochs und junior is moving from Lucerne to La Chaux-de-Fonds. The workshop at Zürichstrasse 49 in Lucerne will be permanently closed as of March 20, 2020. The change of address, including new phone numbers, will be posted shortly on our homepage. Please contact us per email for any urgent matters. Our new workshop will be up and running by March 31 for all services including general queries, placing orders and after sales service. Thank you for taking note and we look forward to welcoming you at our new location.
February 15th, 2020
ochs und junior is moving to a new home
We are happy to announce that this coming April we will be opening a new ochs und junior workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the Jura mountains. We will be located in the historic district of this ancient center of the Swiss watchmaking industry, since 2009 a UNESCO World Heritage site. The collaboration with our partners in the German-speaking part of Switzerland will continue, and our new manufacturing, purchase, and service offers remain continuously guaranteed. Images and background story will be provided in a later post.
We are looking forward to welcoming you soon to this historic and unique town at the center of the Swiss watchmaking industry!
December 28th, 2019
ochs und junior is happy to announce that Jost Schlatter will be joining us on January 2 as the new watchmaker. He will be replacing Kevin Hoffmann who is leaving end of January 2020. We greatly appreciated having Kevin on the team and wish him well for his new endeavors. At the same time, we are excited to welcome Jost to the team. Jost is a certified watchmaker (4 years) and technician ES specialized in the restoration of complicated timepieces.
December 20th, 2019
During the festive season, our office/workshop in Lucerne shall be open weekdays until December 24, on that day until around 2pm. We shall re-open on January 2, 2020. We wish all customers, friends and supporters of ochs und junior a wonderful festive season and much happiness, health and luck in the coming 2020.
November 29th, 2019
Beat Weinmann, ochs und junior’s longtime CEO, has decided to leave the company. The Board of Directors would like to thank him for his strong contribution over the years and wish him much success in his new endeavors. Along with Kurt König and Ludwig Oechslin, Beat co-founded ochs und junior in 2006. He has been instrumental in elevating this company to where it is today. His dedication, commitment and expertise will be missed. Beat’s successor and the company’s new organization and products will be announced shortly. In the interim, Marc Bernhardt ([email protected]) will act as a consultant for the company in order to ensure the continuity of operations and services. We would like to thank all of our customers, partners, and friends for their ongoing support.
-The Board of Directors
November 19th, 2019
New Instagram post: “moon phase.”
November 12th, 2019
New Instagram post: “HODINKEE”
November 11th, 2019
Jack Forster of HODINKEE takes an in-depth look at the day/night in a new article with 13 original high-res photos. Currently featured on the HODINKEE homepage!
November 6th, 2019
New Instagram post: “moon phase for Berkeley, CA”
October 14th, 2019
New homepage photo. perpetual calendar.
October 11th, 2019
New Instagram post: “Sunburst patina”
October 4th, 2019
New Instagram post: “Lefty”
October 3rd, 2019
New Instagram post: “Blue and pink patina”
October 1st, 2019
On Wednesday, October 2nd our workshop will be closed due to a holiday. On Thursday, October 3rd we will once again be here for you.
September 24th, 2019
New Instagram post: “NFL ? straps”
September 20th, 2019
New Instagram post: “annual calendar LIGHT – Australia”
September 18th, 2019
New Instagram post: “Back to the Future!”
September 13th, 2019
New Instagram post: “Patinated – nils.o.t”
September 12th, 2019
New homepage photo. One metal: Sterling silver 925 – the ochs und junior “Black Tie” for Chris ?
September 11th, 2019
New Instagram post: “Sterling silver 925 – Farlius”
September 6th, 2019
New Instagram post: “NFL ? leather”
September 2nd, 2019
New Instagram post: “Hand-painted for Germany”
30. August 2019
HiConsumption: The 25 Best Minimalist Watches For Men
29. August 2019
New Instagram post: “nebra perpetual calendar”
23. August 2019
Wristreview’s Top 5 Perpetual Calendar Watches
21. August 2019
New homepage photo. Also new Instagram post: “Calgary day/night”
13. August 2019
New Instagram post: “Epicyclic gearing”
9. August 2019
On Thursday, August 15th our workshop will be closed due to a holiday. On Friday, August 16th we will once again be here for you.
8. August 2019
New Instagram post: “@farlius”
7. August 2019 (Afternoon)
New Instagram post: “@nils.o.t”
7. August 2019 (Morning)
New photo (Facts – perpetual calendar)
6. August 2019
Tagline: “Custom-made watches from Lucerne.”
5. August 2019
A visit to our Lucerne atelier was recommended by VacationIdea Magazine as a travel tip! The Our Lucerne section of our website provides recommendations for where to stay, what to eat and more. You can also ask cofounder Beat Weinmann for personalized recommendations!
2. August 2019
New Instagram post: “Black PVD”
30. July 2019
On Thursday, August 1st our workshop will be closed due to a holiday. On Friday, August 2nd we will once again be here for you.
26. July 2019
New Instagram post: “Nebra wild”
23. July 2019
New Instagram post: “Czech Republic”
19. July 2019
New Instagram post: “Malibu”
9. July 2019
New Instagram post: “30 before 30”
5. July 2019
New Instagram post: “Southern Hemisphere”
1. July 2019
Tanner Silva (Honored)
26. June 2019
New Instagram post: “Blue patina moon phase”
19. June 2019
New Instagram post: “Copper patina”
18. June 2019
On Thursday, June 20th our workshop will be closed due to a holiday. On Friday, June 21st we will once again be here for you.
13. June 2019
New Instagram post: “Gone for a swim” by Aidis Dalikas
12. June 2019
Direct and personal stories from proud ochs und junior owners! This is what you will find in the Honored section of our website. Today we added a new personal story from our customer Gregory Polakiewicz from São Paulo, Brazil. Enjoy Greg’s unique take on his beloved date watch! Also on Instagram
11. June 2019
New Instagram post: Rare opportunity!
4. June 2019
Our new tag “Making-of” lets you easily browse all of the Blog posts that go behind the scenes and reveal how ochs und junior watches and parts are made.
29. May 2019
New photo (Facts – day/night)
17. May 2019
New Instagram post: The High Line
15. May 2019
We have added a new parts image to the Mechanics section of the perpetual calendar Facts page. The 23 minute video which shows Sandra Flück assembling Oechslin’s perpetual calendar is now on the Videos page.
10. May 2019
New Instagram post: Claus Schellenberg
9. May 2019
Claus Schellenberg has won the 2019 Watch Photo Award for a photo of his ochs und junior moon phase!
8. May 2019
A service (Blog)
2. May 2019
New photo (Facts – annual calendar)
1. May 2019
You can now explore the 12 years of company history in our Blog according to the criteria that interest you the most. We welcome your feedback about the update! You can send your thoughts directly to Cail Pearce.
26. April 2019
New photo (Facts – day/night)
25. April 2019
24. April 2019
New Instagram post: day/night Lisbon
17. April 2019
New Instagram post: Yves Klein Blue moon phase
12. April 2019
Swiss Railways (Blog)
11. April 2019
New Instagram post: Simply silver – moon phase parts
4. April 2018
New Instagram post: Atom Moore
1. April 2019
Circular grinding (Blog)
28. March 2019
Trade up ?
22. March 2019
New homepage photo. “moon phase – Matte black”
21. March 2019
Time+Tide Watches asked their editors, shortly before the start of BASELWORLD: If you could only wear just one watchfor the rest of your life, what would it be? Felix Scholz picked the ochs und junior perpetual calendar…for the second year in a row!
20. March 2019
News roundup! Three weeks ago, we launched Ludwig Oechslin’s two time zones + date. The following articles were published in English, German, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Hungarian and Korean: HODINKEE (EN) Barron’s (EN) GearPatrol (EN) WatchTime (EN) GESSATO (EN) Acquire Magazine (EN) Salon QP (EN) TimeZone (EN) Professional Watches (EN) Horologium (EN) MasterHorologer (EN) AlphaLuxe (EN) Coolsten (DE) WatchTime (DE) Uhrenblog (DE) Uncrate (JP) Uncrate (ES) MyWatch.ru (RU) ÓraMagazineOnline (HU) Imboldn (KO)
17. March 2019
In 2013, HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer visited ochs und junior’s workshop in Lucerne, and afterwards wrote the first in-depth article about us in this already authoritative watch publication, declaring: ochs und junior just might be the coolest watch company in the world. … If you want a high-end independent watch, this is it. If you want a watch built just the way you want it, this is it. Today HODINKEE published a new article which linked to this original article, as part of their Sunday Rewind: The Road To Basel (Six Years Later!) series. It also includes a video narrated by Beat Weinmann. We hope you enjoy it!
15. March 2019
New homepage photo. “Wrist shot: two time zones + date – Rose gold”
13. March 2019
8. March 2019
The fall and resurgence of the Swiss watch industry: Hansjürg Zumstein has produced a new film about how the Swiss watch industry was saved following the Quartz Crisis. The film was broadcast on Swiss television (SRF) on Thursday evening and is well-worth watching. The documentary’s premier was on Monday, 4. March in Grenchen in front of a full auditorium. Afterwards, Dr. Hanspeter Rentsch (former chief lawyer of the Swatch Group), Beat Gilomen (movement maker for the Swatch Group), author Bettina Hahnloser and ochs und junior CEO Beat Weinmann discussed these critical times and what emerged from them. German: article in the Grenchner Tagblatt covering the premier which includes a photo of Weinmann / the film on SRF.
6. March 2019
New homepage photo. “two time zones + date – Rose gold”
28. February 2019
Introducing two time zones + date by Ludwig Oechslin.
Featured on HODINKEE!
27. February 2019
For a Thai client (Blog)
19. February 2019
Simply silver – perpetual calendar (Blog)
14. February 2019
Happy Valentine’s Day! New images on the Watches page (closer crop).
8. February 2019
New Instagram post: moon phase Rust
6. February 2019
New photo: perpetual calendar – Facts
1. February 2019
18. January 2019
New homepage photo. “moon phase – sunburst patina!”
14. January 2019
Beat Weinmann interview (Blog)
10. January 2019
New homepage photo. “annual calendar – one material: titanium!”
29. December 2018
Gear Patrol: The Watches We Added To Our Bucket-List in 2018. “The ochs und junior day/night is mesmerizing.”
19. December 2018
You can find our holiday hours on the Contact page.
13. December 2018 (Afternoon)
Marcel’s day/night (Blog)
13. December 2018 (Morning)
12. December 2018
Ludwig Oechslin interview (Blog)
11. December 2018
ochs und junior now has English and German Wikipedia articles! Many thanks to our customers in Germany who wrote these articles. Of course, everyone is now welcome to further edit the entries. Here are the Wikipedia links: ochs und junior (EN) and ochs und junior (DE).
8. December 2018
New Instagram post: Porsche 911 engraving
6. December 2018
Dirk’s day/night (Blog)
5. December 2018
New homepage photo. “Happy Birthday, Chris ?”
29. November 2018
New Instagram post: Burning Man
28. November 2018
Ready in Lucerne: date 42mm oj blue
26. November 2018
“My personal favorite perpetual calendar at the moment is the ochs und junior perpetual, the study of which I commend to anyone interested in horology. It has an almost Stonehenge-simplicity but in terms of ingenuity and freshness in perpetual calendar design it has no rivals, at the moment.” —The Watch Snob
21. November 2018
New homepage photo: perpetual calendar (Blue patina).
19. November 2018
The Swiss Federal Office of Communications (BAKOM) updated their Why dot.swiss page to feature a quote from Ludwig Oechslin and Beat Weinmann last week. The page also links to the wonderful video they made about ochs und junior in 2017. ochs und junior was the first Swiss watch company to receive a .swiss website address.
16. November 2018
New team photo. Now with Isabelle Ruckstuhl! (People – About)
14. November 2018 (Afternoon)
Yesterday “The Watch, Thoroughly Revised” was published. This is the second edition of “The Watch”, a book widely considered to be the top English survey of men’s wristwatches – and a book which Cail purchased, many years ago, before he moved to Switzerland to join ochs und junior. 50 watch brands, including Rolex, Patek Philippe and all of the other leading watch companies, have profiles. And so does ochs und junior, on account of the innovations of Ludwig Oechslin. The moon phase, date, annual calendar LIGHT, and perpetual calendar are all featured, and there is also a profile of Oechslin. Our copy is on its way, and we’re looking forward to it!
14. November 2018 (Morning)
Tagline: “Ludwig Oechslin: What can a watch do?”
13. November 2018
New homepage photo: 36mm wrist shots.
8. November 2018
7. November 2018
36mm wrist shots (Blog)
1. November 2018 (Afternoon)
New homepage photo: perpetual calendar – Reference.
26. October 2018
New homepage photo: Ed Tonkin’s day/night.
18. October 2018
New homepage photo: Jason Fanoe’s moon phase.
15. October 2018
Ready in Lucerne: moon phase 39mm black
12. October 2018
Oliver Grah (Honored)
11. October 2018
9. October 2018
GearPatrol: Five Forward-Thinking Watch Designs
5. October 2018
Sunburst patina 2…ready in Lucerne!
21. September 2018
Updated (Articles – Press)
20. September 2018 (Afternoon)
GearPatrol: This Custom Perpetual Calendar is Proof of ochs und junior’s Watchmaking Prowess
20. September 2018 (Morning)
For a Californian client (Blog)
3. September 2018
For our German-speaking visitors: last week one of our customers posted a fascinating report about his new moon phase watch in the SINN-Uhrenforum.
30. August 2018
Zürichstrasse 49 (Blog)
29. August 2018
GearPatrol: Picking the Right Watch to Wear in Every Situation.
28. August 2018
ochs und junior is hiring! We are seeking an administrative assistant to join our small team in Lucerne. Details are on our German website.
27. August 2018
New image (Gallery – day/night)
23. August 2018
Richard Steels (Honored)
25. July 2018
Introducing the ochs und junior day/night by Ludwig Oechslin! Get the overview, watch the videos, read the press release, discover the new thought posts, browse the 4 watches ready in Lucerne, and customize your own!
18. July 2018
4. July 2018
date displays (Blog)
29. June 2018
Personal ecommerce (Press release)
28. June 2018
Personal ecommerce! Now you can securely purchase your ochs und junior directly on our website. The Buy buttons on Store and Customizer pages start the online checkout process. Within 24 hours of your purchase, cofounder Beat Weinmann will personally email you to discuss your strap, delivery date, and special requests. Our Purchase page has been updated to reflect this new payment option.
21. June 2018
James Kennedy (Honored)
15. June 2018
watches and astronomy (Blog)
13. June 2018
Kevin Hoffman (Blog)
8. June 2018
Yesterday we made our first Instagram post… 😉 Much more to come! Follow us on Instagram.
7. June 2018
moon phase LIGHT (Blog)
25. May 2018
Jack Forster references Ludwig Oechslin’s unique fluency in both “mechanical maximalism” (the Trilogy of Time for Ulysse Nardin) and “ruthlessly pared down minimalism” (ochs und junior) in his latest HODINKEE article.
8. May 2018
Café Tacuba (Eating- Our Lucerne)
2. May 2018
Additional full moon options (Customizer – moon phase)
25. April 2018
Nebras in 42mm and 39mm! One piece each now in Lucerne. (Store – moon phase)
24. April 2018
Four new hotel recommendations (Sleeping – Our Lucerne)
23. April 2018
Jason Fanoe (Honored)
13. April 2018
Höllmüller (Partners – About)
12. April 2018
The Swiss Federal Office of Communications (BAKOM) made a press release on April 10th which mentions ochs und junior as the first Swiss watch company to have a .swiss TLD. BAKOM refers to ochs und junior as the “innovative Lucerne watch maker with an international customer base”. In our Blog, you can read why we made this change (.swiss), and also watch the video BAKOM commissioned about ochs und junior (A .swiss Success Story).
24. March 2018
Wrist shots: Gallery – moon phase
17. March 2018
Last night we moved our website from an Amazon Web Services “C4.large Instance” to a new “C5.large Instance”. There was no downtime. C5 Instances are the latest EC2 instance type from AWS. They are powered by 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors which offer up to 50% higher performance on certain applications. The performance improvement can be felt across our entire website, but especially on the customizer and the “Print 1:1” features.
2. March 2018
Wrist shots: Gallery – annual calendar
24. February 2018
Video – UBS magazin (updated links)
20. February 2018
Ludwig Oechslin and ochs und junior were recently featured in the German newspaper Die Welt: Auch unter Uhrmachern gibt es Freelancer – und die sind gefragt.
1. February 2018
Designing your ochs und junior (Blog)
31. January 2018
Ludwig Oechslin and Cail Pearce will be handling ochs und junior’s day-to-day business while Beat Weinmann is on vacation (updated Contact page).
29. January 2018
New photo: Newsletter sign-up page
25. January 2018
Last night on YouTube, we came across a song called ochs und junior by ŁJK. Google Translate helped us with the song’s description: “It’s all a matter of time, so you have to measure it precisely. But not just anything.” Wszystko kwestią czasu, więc trzeba go zmierzyć dokładnie. Ale nie byle czym. We think we recognized “ochs und junior” around the 02:10 mark, and also possibly Patek Philippe, Zenith and Moser. In any case, we’re honored ŁJK chose ochs und junior for the title. If one of our Polish-speaking visitors could help us understand a little more, we’re curious!
23. January 2018
New photos: Gallery – two time zones
22. January 2018
Wrist shots: Gallery – perpetual calendar
19. January 2018
“Mechanics” section added to: Facts – two time zones
15. January 2018
New photos: Gallery – perpetual calendar
11. January 2018
Photo showing the three dimensionality of the moon phase dial
9. January 2018
New photo: moon phase – Facts
5. January 2018
New photo: perpetual calendar – Facts
4. January 2018
Regular store hours have resumed!
20. December 2017
Thank you (Blog)
16. December 2017
Updated homepage photos.
15. December 2017
Holiday store hours (Contact)
14. December 2017
PASTARAZZI (Eating – Our Lucerne)
13. December 2017
An ochs und junior was spotted in the wild by a watchuseek forum member. He was extremely impressed! Several owners show their watches on the thread.
7. December 2017
New photo: date – Facts
5. December 2017
The Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland’s newspaper of record, featured Oechslin’s two time zones watch in its collection of 15 new classics today.
29. November 2017
The Art of Simplicity – Hossein Lotfi
28. November 2017
Earlier this month, a group of German business managers made a grand tour of Swiss watch companies. Their goal was to understand how Swiss watches are made today and to exchange ideas about business and entrepreneurship with the CEOs. Their trip led them to the Vallée de Joux, Geneva, Biel, and Schaffhausen, where they met with the CEOs of IWC, Audemars Piquet, Chopard, and MB&F. It also brought them to Lucerne for a watch company quite a bit smaller by any business measure.
22. November 2017
New photo: Gasthof Krone in Blatten (Eating – Our Lucerne)
17. November 2017
The homepage now provides the following information for each watch: functions, base movement, available diameters, starting price, and an example execution. The “Watches” page is the ochs und junior homepage – we immediately show what we are about. Your feedback is always welcome.
15. November 2017
Stefan Wiesner (Eating – Our Lucerne)
10. November 2017
New photos: Gallery – annual calendar
9. November 2017
New photos: Gallery – moon phase
8. November 2017
One 42mm moon phase blue patina now in stock. (Store – moon phase)
3. November 2017
Two small website changes: first, the menu now displays in two columns for viewports wider than 1100px. Also, text and images on the News page now display up to 760px wide. You might need to refresh your browser to see the changes. Cail Pearce welcomes your feedback, as always.
31. October 2017
Jack Forster’s article on the history of astronomical complications in Vol. 1 of the HODINKEE magazine features Ludwig Oechslin’s moon phase watch (39mm German silver).
28. October 2017
Restaurant Libelle (Eating – Our Lucerne)
25. October 2017
Impressions from Rolls-Royce at ochs und junior.
19. October 2017
The first ochs und junior in red patina. (Store – perpetual calendar)
18. October 2017
New homepage images.
14. October 2017
New photo: two time zones – Facts
13. October 2017
One 42mm moon phase “oj blue” now in stock. (Store – moon phase)
12. October 2017
New photo: moon phase – Facts
11. October 2017
New photo: annual calendar – Facts
9. October 2017
Press information from Rolls-Royce about ochs und junior.
6. October 2017
New impressions from Rolls-Royce at ochs und junior.
5. October 2017
New content and links for the QLOCKTWO Lucerne post.
2. October 2017
We have updated the News page so that we can include images. The timing is perfect, because we also just received a gift from our special customer in Colombia…the espresso is delicious!
28. September 2017
Updated graphic and images — the temptation (Blog)
27. September 2017 (Afternoon)
the temptation (Blog)
27. September 2017 (Morning)
Vol. 1 of the HODINKEE magazine should begin arriving today. The ochs und junior moon phase is featured inside!
26. September 2017
Nebra moon phases in 42mm and 39mm! One piece each now in Lucerne. (Store – moon phase)
22. September 2017
New homepage images.
21. September 2017
Titanium perpetual calendar (Store – perpetual calendar)
20. September 2017
13. September 2017
Rust annual calendars in 42mm and 39mm! One piece each now in stock in Lucerne. (annual calendar – Store)
5. September 2017
Drei Könige (Our Lucerne – Eating)
4. September 2017
First article in Danish. (PDF)
1. September 2017
The blue patina perpetual calendar. One piece now in stock in Lucerne. (perpetual calendar – Store)
29. August 2017
oj4.1: New homepage, new menu, new image formatting, and further speed improvements.
21. August 2017
HODINKEE Editors’ Picks — Five Date Displays Done Well
18. August 2017
New team photo
17. August 2017
Marion Müller just finished assembly of a perpetual calendar in the Reference execution! This watch is now ready to ship or pickup in Lucerne. (perpetual calendar – Store)
11. August 2017
Müller and Flück (Blog)
08. August 2017
“Mechanics” section for date – Facts
03. August 2017
New Contact page photo
11. July 2017
Textiles and Velcro (Blog)
1. July 2017
Robb Report — ochs und junior perpetual calendar!
27. June 2017
26. June 2017
Second disk option for annual calendar, moon phase, date and two time zones customizers.
20. June 2017
New high-performance web server. The speed improvement is most noticeable on the customizer, Print 1:1, and the Blog.
10. June 2017
New menu design.
6. June 2017
New homepage images.
3. June 2017
Stuart Stock (Honored)
31. May 2017
For viewports larger than 1449 pixels wide, the menu now displays in a larger font size.
30. May 2017
The Wasser für Wasser thought post has been updated.
24. May 2017
Customizer bookmarks! The URL now changes dynamically while you customize your watch.
18. May 2017
Press release — New customizer
15. May 2017
oj4 is live!
Explore ochs und junior’s history in the Blog.