You want to talk about sleeper watches? Minimalist watches? Watches that appear to be one thing but are actually something else entirely? Man oh man, do we have a watch for you, somehow slotting into all of these categories. The Mechanik2 is an annual calendar, and a monopusher chronograph, and a sequel of sorts to one of the most inside baseball watches ever made. It’s also surprisingly affordable considering the complications involved, and has real design pedigree that astute collectors and fans of independent watchmaking are sure to appreciate.
To really get a grasp on the Mechanik2, it probably makes sense to start with the watch that came before it, the MIH watch. MIH is the Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and the original watch was produced between 2005 and 2020 at a rate of just 100 pieces per year with proceeds going to fund the museum. The curator of the museum in 2005 was none other than Dr. Ludwig Oechslin, a name many readers will recognize as one of the founders of ochs und junior, a brand that we cover frequently here at Worn & Wound and whose aesthetic you’ll no doubt find some similarities with when it comes to the Mechanik2. In any event, the MIH watch remains notable for its somewhat ingenious layout, which featured a chronograph read from the case back to keep the dial as clean as possible.