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.