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).