ochs und junior Adds to line Collection with New messe 2.22 “the ocean”

Earlier this year, ochs und junior introduced the line collection, meant to bring their minimal design aesthetic (and minimal mechanical principles) to a more approachable prince point. The first watches featured their unique dual time zone complication, while a second release, the messe 1.22 provided a whimsical take on their date complication, and as the first ochs watch to get a PVD dial. The brand is returning to this concept in a new watch called the line messe 2.22, and they’ve once again produced a PVD dial, this time in a more vibrant blue colorway that earns the watch the appropriate nickname of “the ocean”.

Ochs have partnered once again with POSITIVE COATING in La Chaux-de-Fonds to create the PVD coating seen on this dial, and it’s noteworthy for a few reasons. This particular shade blue is called Yves-Klein blue, and as vibrant as it is, what I love about the execution is that the underlying texture, the typical rawness seen in ochs dials, is retained to a degree, meaning the bright color doesn’t feel out of place here in the slightest.


Both the dial and the month disc are treated in the same fashion, with a single white section that’s been produced using white Super Luminova to display the date through the apertures in the top portion of the dial. This creates an unbroken color scheme that is highlighted by the high contrast application of white for the date, and the markers on the dial. 

The case remains grade 5 titanium, and measures 39mm in diameter. The lugs are small protrusions making for a rather small total footprint on the wrist. Total thickness is a pleasant 10.4mm. Within the two-part case you’ll find a modified ETA 2824-2 running the show with 38 hours of reserve. The strap is a lue-black Ecopell Enzian Nappa unit handmade by Sabina Brägger.

The price of the line messe 2.22 is CHF3,250 with availability in 12 – 16 weeks. More from ochs und junior.

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Blake is a Wisconsin native who’s spent his professional life covering the people, products, and brands that make the watch world a little more interesting. Blake enjoys the practical elements that watches bring to everyday life, from modern Seiko to vintage Rolex. He is an avid writer and photographer with a penchant for cars, non-fiction literature, and home-built mechanical keyboards.