LUD­WIG OECHSLIN

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Brand Story -

Lud­wig Oechslin is a mas­ter watch­maker who is well-known for his un­canny abil­ity to find the sim­plest so­lu­tions for the most com­pli­cated func­tions. How Oechslin came to do so many great things for Ulysse Nardin was the re­sult of Rolf Sch­ny­der’s love for the as­tro­labe. De­ter­mined to minia­turise the as­tro­labe for the wrist, Sch­ny­der en­listed the help of Oechslin, who by that time had al­ready been known for his work on the Far­nese Clock. This part­ner­ship re­sulted in the leg­endary Tril­ogy of Time col­lec­tion: Astro­labium Galileo Galilei, Plan­e­tar­ium Coper­ni­cus and Tel­lurium Jo­hannes Ke­pler. Over the next 20 years, Oechslin was given carte blanche to ex­press his ge­nius at Ulysse Nardin where he cre­ated sev­eral watches that are to­day re­garded as mile­stones in mod­ern watch­mak­ing his­tory.

Among these were GMT± Per­pétuel—that com­bined a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar with a sec­ond time zone (and could be ad­justed back­wards and for­wards); The Sonata—that fea­tured an alarm which could be set within 24 hours; and The Freak—that bril­liantly used a car­rousel tour­bil­lon trans­form­ing ro­ta­tion of its move­ment into time-telling in­di­ca­tions. Most re­cently, he is the co-founder of a watch com­pany that has man­aged to make a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar com­pli­ca­tion with only nine ad­di­tional parts (Patek Philippe uses 182).

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