ochs und junior AG
CH - 6004 Lucerne
+41 41 266 02 12
Tue-Fri 10am-12pm / 2pm-6pm
or by appointment
Our vintage 1966 Gaggia brews the perfect espresso. Welcome to the oxloft – the ochs und junior center of operations in Lucerne! This is where we present Ludwig Oechslin’s prototypes and help you choose and personalize your watch. We also stock a range of other useful items that are hard to find elsewhere. In addition, this page describes life in Lucerne – our favorite Swiss city – as well as eating out and shopping in the town.
Welcome to the oxloft – the ochs und junior center of operations!
Surrounded by great restaurants, travel agents and architects’ practices, we moved in spring 2012 to Lucerne’s Zürichstrasse, a street that’s full of life and interest.
ochs und junior is the watch brand for people who like discovering new things. Moreover, we prefer having plenty of space to paying high rents – which makes this the perfect location for us. The oxloft is 180 square meters in size. You can come here to try our watches on your wrist, buy or order them. All our models are represented (including the various sizes where applicable) and can be directly compared with each other.
Over an espresso or a piece of Sbrinz cheese from Lucerne’s wonderful riverside market, we go over your preferences and your ideas.
Is contrast important to you? Do you need luminescent hands? Do you prefer our most minimal model, the mese, or one with an astronomical outlook like the selene? Do you have a specific color in mind? No problem. Do you like the functional lightness of titanium for the case? Or perhaps you prefer silver? Possibly the loveliest material for a watch, silver acquires a unique patina over time, with scratches and marks that chart the wearer’s passage through life.
We discuss all this and more with you – after all, you know best what suits you when it comes to personalizing your ochs und junior.
We can show you the original prototypes made by Ludwig Oechslin himself, as well as his Time Sculptures. We can explain what it takes to make an ochs und junior watch and show you the components, which are evidence of Ludwig Oechslin’s flair for reductionism and simplification.
The oxloft is also a concept store. Alongside our ochs und junior watches, we also stock German-made sneakers fashioned from the same leather as our straps. Not forgetting coffee from Black & Blaze, organic lemon and thyme cordial from Lea Montini and handcrafted skateboards made from oiled walnut wood. There’s more: lamps from Wald-Haus and Christian Deuber, a recipe book published by an ambitious amateur chef – all things that we use here at the oxloft.
These products all have something in common: their creators are personally known to us. They are well designed, they are useful and they are not widely available. We can explain the background of each of these products. Why not drop in and see for yourself?
We’ve already offered you an espresso from our vintage Gaggia. Now here’s the reason. We simply love our lever espresso machine, which dates from 1966.
As with our ochs und junior watches, we brook no compromises when it comes to espresso – we insist on the right quality. And that comes about through having the right ingredients, the right tools and the right know-how:
The beans are roasted by Claude Stahel. A photographer by trade, he set up a micro roastery in 2010 and keeps getting better at it. We grind the 100% Arabica blend of beans from a range of provenances fresh for every cup. We established the fineness and amount of the grind – using a Mazzer grinder – by trial and error, and we fine-tune it daily.
We tamp it down just right, then use the plunger to carefully apply the correct amount of pressure to the freshly ground coffee in the well-filled sieve in the Gaggia.
We pull on the long handle, let the water run into the sieve, pull the handle down a few seconds then gently release it. A thin stream of beautiful brown espresso runs into the pre-warmed cup and makes us happy. So, ask us for an espresso – we’d be delighted to make it for you!
A living museum – ochs und junior’s products have been developed on the basis of these vehicles for experiments, design studies, ideas realized and almost-ready products. The prototypes built by Ludwig Oechslin are representative of his horological activities and development. A number of the raw objets d’art he has created are in Switzerland’s International Horological Museum (MIH) – the finished pieces, however, have been ticking away on the wrists of astronomy devotees for years.
Ask us about Ludwig Oechslin’s prototypes; we are happy to bring them out and show them to you. These prototypes say something about how Ludwig Oechslin views the world, what he likes and how he goes about weaving his horological magic. Above all, they represent the outcome of his unremitting quest for simplification – the logical consequence of what he terms ‘IIT’: intelligence, innovation and tradition.
And all of them feature beautifully patinated metal…
Back in 2009 we mentioned this ancient mechanical marvel in our blog.
Ludwig Oechslin interpreted and rebuilt the Antikythera mechanism as part of his work for ochs und junior. The item is thought to be the first known mechanism featuring cogwheels and calendar indications dating to around 85 BC.
In 1900 sponge divers discovered a wreck near the Greek island of Antikythera at a depth of 42 meters. It yielded numerous statues and other works of art.
In 1902 the archaeologist Valerios Stais was examining the finds and noticed that one of the pieces of corroded rock had a gear wheel embedded in it. Subsequent scientific examinations indicated that it was a kind of analogue computer designed to compute the movements of the sun and moon.
Oechslin’s reconstruction of this significant calendar was the third to be realized and was offered to the Musée International d’Horlogerie for display.
This institution, based in Switzerland’s La Chaux-de-Fonds, now houses a later version built in perspex. As a result, we at ochs und junior are able to display the aesthetically far more pleasing variant in Lucerne. It’s a real insider tip! More information on the Antikythera mechanism can be found on Wikipedia.
We’re often asked why we don’t open a concept store like ours in Zurich.
Sure, Zurich is probably Switzerland’s most happening city, but Lucerne is arguably the most beautiful – and certainly the most ideally located in terms of scenery. Lucerne is a concentrated version of Switzerland. Not for nothing is it the world’s most visited travel destination.
But don’t worry! The great thing about Lucerne is that the mass tourism is focused on Schwanenplatz and its immediate vicinity. It’s easy to avoid. As a result, all year round the real Lucerne belongs to its residents and those visitors who aren’t simply here to have a photo taken to prove they have been to Lucerne. The more discerning visitors prefer to spend the time at their disposal sampling the wonderful quality of life the town offers.
We’d like to share some of our favorite addresses and places with you. Contact us if you’re planning a trip to Lucerne and would like some bespoke tips on what to see and where to go.
Hopfenkranz: Our neighbors on the other side of the street. We’re really lucky: Manuel and Stefan Kaufmann run what is arguably Lucerne’s most culinarily exciting restaurant. It’s a real insider tip!
Bodu: Lucerners really appreciate this bistro. It enjoys a long-standing reputation as one of the town’s great culinary attractions. It’s more French than those in Paris… and open every day of the year. Like all our recommendations, it’s free from tourists. Except perhaps for you – but you’re not a tourist in the real sense of the word…
Geissmättli: One menu every evening. Always fresh, very Italian and almost better than grandmother’s cooking in Italy. Bruno and Maria Rampinelli put their heart and soul into their establishment – the ambience is amazing. Unfortunately currently closed for repairs; hopefully re-opening soon!
Switzerland’s most marvelous weekly market is held every Saturday in Lucerne. The embankment along the River Reuss around the famous Chapel Bridge is where the people of Lucerne buy the freshest and finest produce. Lots of it is organic. Our favorites are...
Schattweid – Demeter organic bread baked in a wood-fired oven. Handmade and amongst the best available…
Biohof Widacher – organic vegetables sourced from heaven.
Comestibles: Philipp and Andrea’s specialty shop, Comestibles, opened in 1990 and has become something of an institution in Lucerne. Classical music paired with classic Mediterranean fare. This is where shopping meets charm.
Gänterli: Everyone shops at the Gänterli. Alternative-minded people and those looking for the best produce from the region. Paul Plattner is a pioneer of the organic scene; he bakes bread in his wood-fired bakery and stocks everything regional anyone might need for home and picnicking. He also sources the best sustainably grown organic pineapples direct from the producers.
Watches: More watches are sold in Lucerne than anywhere else in Switzerland. Beat Weinmann’s roots in the watch business are in the center of Lucerne in the family-run enterprise of Embassy. Embassy stocks the largest selection of wristwatches – almost every brand, apart from ochs und junior! We would be happy to take you through their assortment of brands – and at the oxloft – our center of operations at 49 Zürichstrasse, if you prefer.
Chocolate: The best chocolate is to be found in Switzerland. In Lucerne, the place to visit is Max Chocolatier at 2 Schweizerhofquai, where the chocolate confectionery is always freshly handcrafted. The store is right next door to the Hotel Schweizerhof.
Flowers: A few minutes’ drive from Lucerne stands an old farmhouse, where florist Sandra Bieri creates floral confections. Her philosophy is to go to wherever her customers are instead of having them come to her. We have her creations in our store, and you could have them for your office or home.
Lucerne Museum of Art: The Museum of Art is housed within Lucerne’s KKL culture and convention center on the edge of the lake. It’s worth a visit for the exhibitions curated by Fanni Fetzer, but this is also where you get some of the best views of the town.
Concerts in Lucerne: Lucerne is Switzerland’s concert venue. The Lucerne Festival in spring and summer presents world-class ensembles. Aside from classical music, the summer Blue Balls blues festival around the bay is very popular with the people of Lucerne.
Mount Rigi: Mount Pilatus is the spectacular mountain. We, however, prefer the Rigi. It offers views of the Pilatus and access to great walking and hiking trails.
Stanserhorn: Ascending Mt. Stanserhorn offers two contrasting experiences away from the crowds. The first stage involves taking a vintage funicular railway, the second the ultra-modern double-decker cable car with an open upper deck. You not only get fabulous views, but the Stanserhorn’s installations have also been nominated as the friendliest in the world – a great reason for a visit, don’t you think?
Lake cruises: A little touristic, maybe, but worth going on nonetheless. An evening trip on the country’s most spectacular lake is always worth it, come rain or shine. A trip on one of the restored paddle steamers is an experience not to be missed – check the timetables. Why not precede it with a glass of wine or beer brewed at bistro LUZ? Bliss.
Cycling: Lucerne’s setting lends itself to cycling in all its variety. Road cycling or mountain biking, easy-going pedaling or strenuous uphills! The Cycling in Switzerland organization has waymarked large numbers of routes and posted them on their website.