The Settimana Raw Brass is the newest exercise in pure minimalism from Ochs und Junior. The independent watchmaker launched a silver-dialed version of the watch late in 2021, and this latest edition adds a raw brass dial to the series, which is being offered in 36mm and 40mm titanium-cased options.
La Chaux-de-Fonds-based Ochs und Junior was founded in 2006 by renowned scholar and watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin, alongside Kurt König, managing director of Swiss watch retailer Embassy, and Beat Weinmann.
Oechslin’s seven-component module meshes with a Sellita automatic movement and is simplicity at work. It consists of the brass dial with a functional back, a gear with weekday display (point), a triple function wheel and a transmission wheel.
In addition to indicating the time in hours, minutes and seconds via the hands, the dial also indicates the days of week via a black dot that rotates clockwise between the 1 o’clock and the 7 o’clock positions. The dot rotates from 1 o’clock (Monday) to 7 o’clock (Sunday). At the beginning of the week, the dot moves quickly to cover the 8 o’clock to 12 o’clock segment, restarting the new week each Monday morning.
Ochs und Junior artisans coat the hands and the rotating dot (day indicator) with black SuperLuminova.
Oeschlin also designed the case, using two titanium parts. In keeping with the overall industrial feel to the collection, artisans leave visible machining and milling traces on the case. An Oeschlin-designed crown and buckle complete the package.
The watch is fitted with a black Cordura strap and a leather case, both handmade by designer Sabina Brägger. Price: CHF 2,215 (36mm or 40mm titanium case).