The ochs und junior line family, which aims to deliver all the ochs and junior creativity at more affordable prices, welcomes a second watch to the fold this week in the new ochs line date (or mese) 1.22. The first line watch featured a rather inventive take on a dual timezone display, and the line date 1.22 provides an equally compelling execution of the date complication, all done in the brutal levity of ochs and junior’s bauhaus style. It looks rather self-explanatory at a glance, but upon closer inspection, there’s plenty to unpack with this one.
The line date 1.22 pairs a matte black dial with the three primary colors red, blue and yellow, a not so subtle nod to the playful simplicity of the watch. The hour, minute, and seconds hand are rendered in blue, yellow, and red respectively, with the base of the seconds hand serving as a cap to the hand stack. Yellow bars mark each 10 minutes around the dial, but that’s not their sole purpose, as they also aid in getting a quick read on the date. At a glance, the date looks to be a nightmare to read unless it’s at the 1 or 31 position, given the lack of any numerals on the dial, but there’s a system at work here to provide guide marks.