Oechslin, Gerber & Gafner Musée International d‘Horlogerie (MIH), Titanium


Creators: Ludwig Oechslin - Paul Gerber - Christian Gafner for Musée International d‘Horlogerie
Movement: automatic ETA-Valjoux calibre 7750
Case material: titanium
Case size: 42 mm
Crystal: sapphire crystal
Bracelet/strap: black natural rubber with titanium buckle
Functions: month, day, weekday, day/night indicator, chronograph, hours, minutes
Features: luminous
This rare watch, created by Ludwig Oechslin, Paul Gerber and Christian Gafner for the Musée International d‘Horlogerie (MIH) is in mint condition and comes with the original booklet and a copy of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper, from the day the watch was delivered to its owner. The concept of the watch was created by Ludwig Oechslin, Curator of the MIH.

Reductionism lies at the heart of this watch. In order to create a mechanically simple annual calendar timepiece, Paul Gerber transformed an automatic ETA-Valjoux calibre 7750. It has a full power reserve of  40 hours, generate through only 30 turns of the crown. The mechanism is exclusively operated through a pusher at two o'clock, to start, stop and re-set the chronograph function, and the crown itself, used to change all the other functions. All parts are made in Switzerland.
The minimalist approach to the mechanism naturally extended to the utilitarian feel and use of the watch. The aesthetic was created by the industrial designer Christian Gafner, who successfully departed from the standard expectations of watch design. The result is a 42mm case in diameter fashioned from titanium, a contemporary material that makes the large timepiece light on the wrist. The day/date, displayed in an aperture at three o’clock, consists of three concentric disks, the innermost showing the day of the week, the middle one the month, and the outer one the date, with a separate AM-PM display. The chronograph hand is almost invisible, albeit with a red marking at the tip - and a 30-minute counter located on the reverse of the watch. The dial is matt black to maximise the readability of the superluminova-coated hands and indices.
The watch comes on its original, black, natural rubber strap and titanium buckle. 

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
Year: 2007
Condition: A+
Warranty: 12 months 
Box: N/A
Paperwork: booklet and copy of Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Availability: now
UK Delivery: free next day
Overseas delivery: 3-5 working days
Returns: 14 days
Price: £3,750