Flash News: Oris Aquis Date Orange Gun-Metal Grey PVD

By Thierry Ané on December 5, 2014

I don’t know about you but I am never more excited about new diving watches than during winter time! It has probably something to do with the fact that when sunny days arrive, everyone presents their diver’s models and all the web sites and magazines talk about them at length so much that they become a little too common. Quite possibly, they also usually bring a colourful alternative to a winter selection predominantly black, grey, and brown that is certainly very refined but does nothing to improve your morale in the depressing greyness of this time of the year.

I am thus delighted to introduce the new Aquis Date Orange today as the watch successfully brings vivid colours in keeping with its diving origins. Indeed, many research works on perception and performance under water have clearly stated that in the majority of conditions, yellow, green, and orange are the most visible colours through water.

More specifically, in clear water, where let’s face it most of the recreational diving takes place, fluorescent yellow and green are the most visible at long distances while orange is excellent at short distances. Since your wrist is not that far away from your eyes, orange seems like the perfect choice to ensure perfect legibility on a diver’s watch.

In a dark yet bright shade, it is the colour retained by Oris for the latest addition to the long list of diving instruments in the “Aquis” collection. Firstly, and just in case while underwater you don’t remember where your wrist is, they used it for the hydrophobic rubber strap engraved with the brand’s name. Aesthetically, this colourful band of rubber emphasises the sporty side of this timepiece and gives it a very masculine look. Let me mention here that the strap is secured by a folding buckle featuring the brand’s adjustable sliding-sledge clasp system allowing you to adjust the watch even when it is worn.

To create a fine contrast with this orange rubber and maybe offset it a little, the 43 mm case in stainless steel has been coated with a very refined gun-metal grey PVD and paired with a unidirectional bezel with the same finish featuring a black ceramic inlay. The dial shares the same gloomy colour as the rest of the case.

Then, for maximum legibility, the three central nickel hands and the hour markers have been filled with dark orange Super-LumiNova, just like the 15-minute diving scale on the ceramic ring adorning the bezel. The contrast with the black background is optimal even though I will not dive at night or on a rainy day to confirm this, but if there is a watch you can actually read underwater, I believe it is this Aquis Date Orange! Aesthetically, this gun-metal grey and orange combination looks great, though, and even if you stay at the pool you may want to wear this model for you next vacation.

Technically, this three-hand model with a date function is water resistant to a depth of 300 meters. Its screw-in crown is protected from knocks by a crown-protecting device. It is equipped with a robust and reliable self-winding Sellita SW 200-1 movement with a 38-hour power reserve. With a retail price of CHF 1,750, it is an excellent value for money timepiece and a true aesthetic statement…

For more information please visit the Oris web site.

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