Celebrating its 110th anniversary, the Swiss watchmaking brand has introduced its Oris 110 Years Limited Edition (Ref. 01 110 7700 6081-Set LS). Available in two versions, it combines all the usual features that you can expect from such an exclusive device including an in-house, hand-decorated movement. Presented at the Baselworld 2014, it is limited to just 110 numbered pieces.
The time measuring device looks like its source of inspiration was one of those classic Jaeger-LeCoultre watches from their iconic “Master” collection. I can’t quite place it, but it is the combination of Arabic numerals and the cleanness of the sand-blasted silver-toned opaline dial that makes this limited-edition timepiece look so close to JLC’s famous models.
However, the watch doesn’t make an impression of “homage:” the design is original and bears the core DNA of Oris dress watches that we have seen during the last five or six years.
This is, I think, their first-ever device to be equipped with an in-house movement (like many other independents, Oris commits itself to gradually substitute third-party mechanisms with their own calibers, at least when it comes to the top-of-the-range models) that sports an impressive power reserve of whole 10 days. No wonder that the main feature on the 110 Years Anniversary‘s dial is, of course, the “patented” circular power-reserve indicator.
Nicely balanced by a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, the display features a generously proportioned scale with an easy to understand design that basically tells you how many days the watch will work if you won’t spend a moment or two to manually wind the gorgeous Oris 110 hand-wound caliber.
Oris is yet to reveal the gadget’s pricing. Yet, it’s safe to assume that the limited edition (which is, by the way of speaking, will be presented not only in a polished stainless steel body but also in an 18-karat rose gold case) will be quite expensive, so Oris industrial designers made a serious effort to make the pricey accessory look worthy of every penny that the company will ask you.
All parts of the Oris 110 elegantly balance each other: even a hater will have a hard time finding a serious design mistake or pointing to a place where the Swiss manufacturer tried to cut a corner or two. The dial looks quite in contrast with the polished hour and minute hands easily readable on the matte background of the sand-blasted dial.
The winding/setting crown is quite short but is big enough to be easily manipulated even by thick fingers, and the profile of the body curves ergonomically to hug gently just about any wrist.
Ah, the case.
Well, for a dress watch, the case is quite massive. Measuring 43 millimeters in diameter, it is far larger than the usual 38-39 millimeters of a classic three-hander. However, it is not much larger than the last year’s Glashutte Original Sixties Panorama Date or the stately Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon (both 42 millimeters) or the Patrimony Contemporaine Bi-Retrograde, which is around 42.5 mm wide.
All in all, this is so far the most elegant offering from Oris and, all things considered, I can easily give it whole 5 stars out of 5. A wonderful object of art, that.
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
Oris 110 Years Anniversary (Ref. 01 110 7700 6081-Set LS) specification
Price: $6500 (MSRP, stainless steel) / $17,500 (MSRP, red gold)
Movement: Hand-wound, caliber Oris 110, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 40
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 240 hours (10 days)
Movement decoration: Hand-chamfered, polished bridges
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve
Case: Stainless steel / 18-karat gold
Size: 43.00 mm
Dial: Opaline silver
Numerals: Arabic, applied
Hour markers: Applied
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Chestnut brown or black Louisiana crocodile leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective