Discussing watches with authorities never neglects to flabbergast and move me. I will in general discover it is simply the accounts behind the watches that summons the feeling inside a gatherer. As the extraordinary advertising master Simon Sinek consistently says, it isn’t the ‘what’ however the ‘why’ which tallies. I’m additionally of the conviction watch gathering ought to be something that has less to do with social importance and more about inherent significance and a more profound enthusiasm for time for an authority (albeit this isn’t generally the situation). An illustration of this will be this Andre Ekrem’s Ochs und Junior, a captivating watch which on first investigation looks very basic. Andre is a 34 year old from Bergen in Norway a self-admitted corporate slave by day and watch nerd around evening time (and end of the week!). With an energy for movement, he reveals to me he often winds up visiting autonomous watchmakers progressing. We should discover why his Ochs und Junior is so extraordinary to him.
When did you initially get into watches?
As long as I can recall that I have been captivated with watches, stricken by my mom’s advantage in them. My first “serious” buy was at 14 years old when I had set aside up enough cash to purchase the Omega Seamaster Bond model. Soon after I was on an excursion to the island of Maderia and visited a neighborhood Audemars Piguet seller where I saw the Offshore interestingly and experienced passionate feelings for. The seller was sufficiently caring to allow me to deal with it on my every day visits for multi week, this has stayed with me since I am very certain he was very much aware that I was unable to get it. However, the scene made me a dedicated AP client a few years down the road.
What drew you to Ochs und Junior as a brand?
I initially read about them on different sites like Monochrome, and afterward I began my research. Pondered some time on buying the MIH watch and wound up with the moon stage as the principal model . I adored the thought behind the brand, straightforwardness and spotlight on the watch and its capacities not the brand diplomats as numerous other do. At that point I had experienced so many of the enormous brands models and found most “boring” and flipped the greater part of them rapidly in the wake of buying them, that I began to take a gander at the Indie watch scene. I went on an end of the week excursion to Lucerne and met Beat (individual from the Ochs und Junior group) at the primary area they had and was impressed. Impressed by the accommodation, the trustworthiness and their watches.
We know Ochs und Junior are well known for their customization, what pulled in you to the rust dial?
The rust was an impromptu on one of my visits to Ochs. On one of my prior visits I had asked Beat in the event that it was conceivable to have the moon stage or annual calendar in rust, as I like the harsh look, yet was told from the start that they couldn’t sell one in light of the fact that the rust would assault the moving parts. At that point on a later visit I facetiously disclosed to him that I would purchase the annual calendar in the event that he could make it with a rust dial. the appropriate response was rapidly yes we can. I couldn’t say whether he has lamented that afterwards… Long story short, I requested one with silver case and rust dial as a present for my infant child to acquire in the future.
Can you disclose to us more about the movement?
The development is a module based one created by Ludwig Oechslin. Oechslin has built up a supersimple annual calendar complication comprising of just five sections which is piggybacking on an ETA 2824-2. I love the ETA 2824-2 for its straightforwardness and simple assistance probability. I live in Norway where it isn’t too simple to even consider finding a fair watchmaker to support my watches, most wind up returning to Switzerland.
Do you end up clarifying the annual calendar usefulness to others as it would appear that a deceptively simple watch?
That is the part I love with the annual calendar: it looks so straightforward and a great many people don’t get it. I at that point will share all my nerdness for the model and most that see it love the perfect look and appreciate to cunning behind it.
Generally are you attracted to clean looking dials?
Not truly, I like the dials that don’t exhaust me, that may be a truly spotless looking dial or a bustling one. I will in general rather take a gander at evenness and the purpose behind why the dial is as it is.
What is the case material?
Sterling silver 925 which is incredible and I love the patina it develops.
How does it feel on the wrist?
It sits incredible on the wrist and the sturgeon cowhide lash is hard from the outset however frames rapidly to the wrist and gives it, I surmise, an extraordinary look.
When purchasing another watch, what is more critical to you: Brand/model Heritage/Esthetic/Accuracy or Rarity?
In truth I love all watches and I don’t end up zeroing in on any of the previously mentioned measures over each other. That doesn’t imply that I like all I see and at certain value levels I feel that numerous brands are too comparable, a valid justification for me to not care about them. I do like the more extraordinary models, not as far as Limited Editions, but rather models that have a more modest objective gathering because of their unusualness. I think an excessive number of individuals stress over what they ought to like, instead of what they do like, because of terms of resale, holding its worth and so on I purchase what I like on the off chance that I feel that the price is correct, I tend not to purchase what, as I would like to think, are overrated models.
How much wrist time does this piece get?
At periods it is my day by day wearer, yet as a rule a couple of times each week at least.
What kind of day/occasion do you end up strong it on?
I will wear it for any event as it truly flies under the radar, yet I am particularly mindful of wearing it around any exceptional event that includes my child, similar to his birth.
Do you will in general research the market prior to making a purchase?
That is the pleasant piece of any purchase! I essentially love to investigate and get taking all things together the subtleties, read the audits and on the off chance that I am fortunate communicate with all the incredible individuals from the different discussions that may have direct involvement in the model.
Do you tune in to the guidance of anybody prior to making a purchase?
I esteem others assessment however I once in a while weigh to much on others input, I follow my gut.
Is the delight of wearing a watch more critical to you than considering resale value?
Definitely, I used to overthink regarding resale and so forth, not any longer, most I purchase is proposed to be keepers. Of course, this cost me some cash over the years.
What (regardless) have you got your eye on next?
I will most likely wind up with a Hautlence or another Nord Zeitmaschine .
Can a gatherer at any point be fully satisfied with his/her collection?
I don’t think so. I figure you can for specific times of life because of different needs yet the greater part of the gatherers I know consistently end up with more or trading current pieces. In my assessment there is consistently the following white whale you are chasing. I feel fulfilled when I have gained a specific piece however I do adore the chase for it, the quest for the privilege model.
Other than Ochs und Junior, which brands do you believe are accomplishing intriguing work out there?
I have a weakness for Nord Zeitmaschine, which as I would like to think is extremely underestimated for its complexity. I think the founder is an extraordinary person who makes awesome elective methods of showing time. I likewise worship MB&F and their great franticness which I generally anticipate admire.
What recommendation would you provide for somebody considering beginning a collection?
My first counsel is to consistently follow your heart and purchase what you like and if important set something aside for it, don’t compromise, most occasions you will feel unfulfilled even lament and wind up selling and potentially lose cash which you might have utilized for the piece you truly wanted.
When gathering do you think its imperative to adhere to a brand or a classification (ie.Patek, IWC/ aviation, jump pieces?)
For me it isn’t. At the point when I began I never figured I would purchase any brand however Omega, yet this quickly proved wrong. Why have limits? I like to investigate however much as could be expected and I don’t have a certain category I found a way into, yet I do like the irregular timers…
Is this Ochs und Junior a keeper?
I truly love the piece and it has an exceptional nostalgic value. It won’t ever leave my hands aside from ignoring it to my child later on, yet I will play around with it meanwhile.