New Oris Artelier Caliber 111 Blue
Coming to a store near you this December 2017, Oris are introducing their Artelier Calibre 111 in blue to join the original line up.
First, there was the caliber 110 movement that Oris only used in their limited edition anniversary piece back in 2014 and then only 110 pieces were made using stainless steel and an additional 110 in 18kt gold. Now comes the caliber 111 and in a new vibrant color. But there is a story behind this which you may not be aware of.
Back in the day Oris successfully built their own movements but the suffered badly through the Quartz crisis of the 1970s that affected so many other brands. This found them being acquired by the ASUAG group, later the Swatch Group, during which time Oris was obliged to use cheaper third-party movements from ETA and Sellita, until Oris re-acquired its shares from ASUAG.
This opened the doors for Oris re-entering the market as a brand offering in-house movements a the caliber 110 was born.
Developed of the Calibre 111 was a six-year project that culminated in an unveiling in 2015 of the Artelier Calibre 111, that represented a major step in the rebirth of Oris’s in-house movement development program.
Now the groundbreaking watch is back with a brilliant blue dial that gives the line a bright stylish feel. This hand-wound mechanical movement boasts a unique combination of complications of the Oris patented non-linear power reserve indicator with date indication at 3 o’clock. You will see the small red indicator lets you know when power is becoming critical, although that only becomes important after a staggering 240 hours.
This is made possible as the power reserve is stored in a single, oversized barrel governed by a specially developed ‘worm gear’ which happily, is visible through a sapphire crystal case back.
This 34mm movement that’s currently used in 11 different Oris references fits nicely into the 43mm stainless steel case with a deep blue dial, on a dark blue or black Louisiana crocodile leather strap, or a stainless steel bracelet.
The Take Away
This Oris Calibre 111 is clearly a great looking watch that boasts its own unique collection of complications and patented design, and that’s got to count for something on its own? Aside from that, this new entry is striking in its color scheme, although I have to admit I’m slightly biased because I have always liked Oris, and I’ve always been drawn to a blue dial.
That being said I’d say this could pass for a dress watch or an everyday wear, it’s basically a versatile piece that gives you great value for money at priced CHF 5,500, or 5100 Euro.
Not long to wait, it’s out this December!
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