Photo Report: Oris 110 Years Limited Editions (live pics)

By Thierry Ané on May 19, 2014

In the moderately priced category with reliable movements featuring no-nonsense complications Oris enjoys an enviable reputation built on 110 years of dedication to quality and commitment to affordability.

Over the years, the brand has largely used ETA and now Sellita base movements in its timepieces with added complication modules developed in-house but often produced by third parties to help achieve their price-volume-quality strategy.

This year, however, to mark the anniversary of its creation, the brand was extremely proud to present the first movement entirely developed in-house for 35 years. Named Calibre 110, this manually-wound movement beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour is comprised of 177 parts, including 40 jewels.

Thanks to a single barrel with a 1.8 meter long mainspring, this calibre offers an impressive power reserve of 10 days when fully-wound and hides a very unusual yet extremely practical complication: a non-linear power reserve indication. What is non-linear is the speed at which the hand crosses this scale. Look closely at the scale and you will notice that the 10 days are not equally spaced: at the top of the scale the notches representing the days are close together whereas they become further apart at the bottom. As the power is released the hand moves slowly at first and then more quickly as the notches become more spread out. It is consequently easier to accurately assess the power left when it is really relevant (i.e. towards the end).

For this 110 anniversary, Oris unveiled two timepieces, one in steel and one in rose gold, simply called “110 Years Limited Edition”. In a pre-Basel introductory articleFlash News: Oris 110 Years Limited Editions, I already presented them to you but I am now able to bring you some live pictures of these watches.

The brand opted for a classically designed case with a contemporary 43 mm size and a timeless opaline silver dial with rhodium or gold-coloured hour markers depending on the version. The small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock and the power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock bring a nice symmetry to the dial design. The steel model is mounted on a black alligator strap while the rose gold version is paired with brown alligator. Both are secured by a pin buckle in the same material as the case.

Observable through the sapphire crystal back, the Calibre 110 features nice hand-bevelled and hand-polished edges as any high-end proprietary movement would, but to remind the brand’s industrial approach to watchmaking, the bridges have been left with a raw machine-made brushed finish.

These watches are limited to 110 pieces per version and will retail for CHF 5,500 in steel and CHF 14,800 in rose gold. Once again this is a very accessible price considering the quality of the watches.

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