By now you’ve probably heard the news of Ochs und Junior aligning with Ulysse Nardin as a strategic partner. They get use of their in-house caliber UN-118. The alliance makes sense since Ludwig Oechslin, the eccentric genius behind Ochs’s movements along with Paul Gerber, also did a few tiny little projects with Ulysse Nardin. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? He’s responsible for the ground breaking Freak and the Trilogy of Time series, which included the Astrolabium, Planetarium and Tellerium.
While an ETA movement can certainly make a watch tick and is known for its reliability, watch geeks prefer a more sophisticated motor. Though Ochs und Junior will continue to use ETA calibres, they plan to incorporate the respected UN-118 calibre into future projects.
Just because you’ve got an in-house made movement, doesn’t make it better. [Read more...]