With a strong philosophy of only ever making products that are clear cut, practical and reasonable, Oris makes it a point to go their own way, in every way possible. At Baselworld 2019, the Hölstein based manufacturer grabbed the headlines by introducing more than 20 new watches… So whether you’re adventurous or conservative, a purist or modernist, the boys at Oris have something for everyone. Take a look at our top 3 picks from Baselworld 2019:
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date With Red Dial Ref. No. 01 754 7741 4068
The rebirth of Oris’s iconic Big Crown Pointer Date is symbolic of both the independent Swiss watchmaker’s rich watchmaking heritage and also the broader revival of simpler, more traditional watch styles. The story behind Oris’s most celebrated model begins in 1938 when it was introduced for pilots. The oversized crown meant the watch could be easily adjusted even when wearing gloves. Its pointer date function has become an Oris signature and here sits over a deep red dial. This model has a 40mm case and comes on a vintage brown leather strap.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4355
The Oris diver’s Sixty-Five story is given a fresh spin with a new bi-colour model, the steel and bronze ‘Bico’. The Divers Sixty-Five holds a special place in Oris’s collection of diver’s watches. It’s based on the first watch Oris made for divers in 1965. This iteration, while faithful to the original design, is manufactured using state-of-the-art techniques and materials, so that for example the domed glass is now made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the mechanical movement upgraded to a precision-engineered Swiss Made automatic. But the spirit of the pioneering original lives on, particularly through the use of bronze in the bracelet and bezel. Bronze is an industrial, utilitarian material and symbolic of Oris’s ‘form follows function’ watch design philosophy.
Oris Aquis GMT Date Ref. No. 01 798 7754 4135
For the first time, Oris has equipped its high-performance Aquis GMT diver’s watch with a bi- directional rotating bezel engraved with a 24-hour scale. The significance of this is that the watch can now show the time in three separate time zones simultaneously – one via the conventional central hour and minute hands; a second via the yellow-tipped central hand; and a third read off against the bezel. Its 43.50 mm stainless steel case is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres), it has a screw-down crown with protection, and its range of straps and a metal bracelet all come with extending folding clasps for wearing over a wetsuit.