Oris Watches for 2014 Recap and Watchuseek Get Together Photos
On Saturday, June 14th Topper Fine Jewelers hosted a Watchuseek get together with Oris Watches. We had the opportunity to see many of the samples from Baselworld and take lots of pictures. It was great to meet all the collectors who came with their personal watch collections. Below are some photos from the event, and of the new Oris Watches of 2014.
A case full of the new Oris watches shown at Baselworld
At Baselworld 2014, Oris came out with more than 20 different models. Below are some of the pieces that we found the most interesting and are bringing to Topper.
Big Crown ProPilot
The ProPilot Chronograph GMT ($4,100).
Most of Oris's current aviation watches such as the BC3, BC4 and Big Crown take design cues from vintage aviation. For 2014, Oris has come out with a more modern collection with fit and finish inspired by contemporary aviation. According to Oris's Shawn Clary, "Unlike the Big Crown series which uses a traditional coin edge bezel, the ProPilot uses a coin edge top ring inspired by a jet engine." There are three models in the collection: A Chronograph GMT at $4,100, a Day Date, and a Date model. The Day Date model features an enlarged day date indicator for easy readability that is 33% larger than Oris's normal date windows. The collection features a new fabric textile that comes in either olive or black with the Oris seat belt style deployant clasp that is used on the BC4.
ProPilot Day Date
A photo of Oris Big Crown ProPilot Day Date from Oris.ch The watch will sell for $1,795 on a strap, $1,995 on a bracelet.
The new Big Crown ProPilot collection will feature similar clasps to the BC4 collection shown above.
Oris Artix GT Chronograph Audi Sport LE
The Baselworld Sample of the Artix GT Chronograph Audi Sport LE
The Artix GT Chronograph Audi Sport LE is a Artix GT Chronograph 1,000 piece limited edition. It is different from the standard models in that it has a titanium case. The exact collaboration entity is "Audi Sport" which is the racing division of Audi. Oris will be making it's debut as an Audi Sponsor on their cars competing in the 24 hour Le Mans series. The car that competes in the Le Mans up and coming season will be silver and red like the watch. This is a different color configuration than Audi Sports current black and red Le Mans cars. At $4,100, this model is around 500 dollars more expensive than steel non limited versions. The pictures shown here are of sample from Basel. Details of the actual watch may/will change before the actual production watch ships.
Oris Darryl O'Young Limited Edition
The Baselworld Sample of the Darryl O'Young Limited Edition.
Darryl O'Young is a racecar driver who competes in touring car racing and endurance championships. The watch is a TT3 DLC case with a gray dial and white arabic numbers. The number 10 is red signifying Darryl's 10 entries into the Macau Grand Prix. His best finish in that race was a win in 2007 in which he drove a Porsche 911 GT. The Darryl O'Young retails for $3,800.
Oris Greenwich Mean Time Limited
Priced at $3,900 on leather and $4,200 on bracelet.
A new version of the Artelier Worldtimer Limited Edition called the "Greenwich Mean Time Limited Edition." The Globe pattern at 3 o'clock evokes a theme of world travel, although the globe is not integrated into the timekeeping method. Like other world time models, the watch also features a day/night indicator making it a 24-hour indicator with a 12-hour aesthetic.
Oris Red Sea Limited
My favorite Oris of Baselworld is the Red Sea. Retailing for $1,990 on strap and $2,190 on bracelet.
For the first time, Oris has introduced two colors in a ceramic bezel. The use of the red fits into the theme of the namesake Red Sea, and is a tip of the hat to the similarly colored bezel inserts that adorned the TT1s of the early to mid 2000s. This is Oris's fourth aquatic conservation watch. The first three were the Great Barrier Reef (modified 47mm Titan Small Second in steel), Maldives (43mm Aquis in titanium), and Tubataha (46mm regulator in titanium). A portion of the proceeds will go to conservation efforts for the Red Sea. The Red Sea is steel 43mm Aquis with a left-handed crown.
44mm Artelier Chronograph
An update of the Artelier Chronograph which has been out of the collection for the past several years. This one is 44mm and features subdials at twelve, nine, and six o'clock with a date wheel in the six o'clock subdial.
Oris Artelier Jumping Hour
The newest addition to the Artellier collection. A jump hour which features a date-like hour indicator. $4,600 retail on strap.
Oris 110 Years Limited Edition
The Oris 10-day power reserve pictured above in steel, $6,500. It is also available in 18kt gold at $17,500.
10-Day Power Reserve
The 110 Years anniversary piece is an Artelier model that features Oris's first "in-house" movement in 35 years. It's most notable feature is that the movement features a 10-day power reserve which allows the watch to run for 10 straight days when it is fully charged. The watch also features a power reserve indicator. What's interesting about the watch is that it achieves the 10-day power reserve with a single large barrel. Oris claims that they've developed a way for the accuracy to remain constant at various levels of charge. I look forward to a future post about this watch describing the mechanism in more detail.
Aquis Chronograph Black Dial
Similar to the Cenote Chronograph, a non limited edition black dial chronograph that joins the core collection. $3,850 on a metal bracelet and $3,700 on a rubber strap.
Oris Atrix Date 42mm
A new blue dial in the Atrix Date model.
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