Last month Williams’ F1 driver Valtteri Bottas visited Oris’s Holstein Headquarters. The Finnish F1 champion visited Oris’s headquarters wearing his Oris Williams Valtteri Bottas Limited Edition carbon fibre timepiece. Limited to 770 pieces, it was introduced this year in Baselworld in celebration of Valtteri’s F1 accomplishments. It’s the latest addition to the Williams line of watches introduced in 2015 designed to reflect the speed, power, and technology of F1
Taking time to tour the factory and meet the Oris team he learned about some of the engineering involved in creating this precision instrument. Bottas said of the Limited Edition ‘I’m really impressed by the way this watch reflects the high-performance look and feel of my Williams F1 car.’
Oris Williams Valtteri Bottas Limited Edition
Creating a timepiece to reflect, speed, power, and technology, Oris selected carbon fibre to create the high-performance 44mm case and dial. Reinforced polymer, layered manually and hardened at 130°C, each case weighs in at just 7.2 grams. The bezel, crown, pushers and case back are titanium with the back engraving of Bottas’s car number, his name, and limited addition number.
The strap is rubber to mirror the aerodynamic design of a Williams F1 car, with a black titanium folding clasp.
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 674, with chronograph function and date at 6 o’clock
Multi-piece case, case middle part made of high-tech carbon fibre. Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Titanium crown and pushers with black DLC coating
Titanium bezel with black DLC coating
Flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed titanium case back with black DLC coating, engraved with Valtteri Bottas’s name and number, and limited edition number
Carbon fibre dial with applied numerals.
Black rubber strap with titanium folding clasp
Swiss retail price from September CHF 4,350
For The Rest Of Us.
Back at ground level away from the rarified atmosphere of the rich and famous, there is good news. Oris has expanded their collection of vintage-inspired dive watches, the Divers Sixty-Five, with the addition of a handsome dark green dialed version. This new entry is available with four strap options.
Launched in 2015, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five was the model to revive their beloved 1965 model giving a modern revised look and feel. Gone, is the chromium-plated brass and plexiglass crystal, gone is the plastic strap.
The revision has introduced a slightly larger 42mm corrosion-resistant case housing Oris’s modern automatic Caliber 733. The unidirectional bezel has been enhanced with a black aluminum inlay, and the crown screws down to ensure a water-resistance to 100 meters. Ensuring that 100m resistance isn’t compromised the crystal is sapphire ‘bubble-shaped’ to better withstand the pressure.
The dial design has retained the trapezoidal date window at 3 o’clock as a nostalgic nod to a distant past, while the steel case back carries the same historical engraved Oris emblem.
The green dialed stands out well and the hands are perfectly clear. The choice of straps is to the power of 4, Black rubber, Stainless steel, Green & Black Nato, or Vintage brown leather, all with a steel folding clasp.
All this is going to set you back a whisper under $2000, and at the price, my money is firmly on the Stainless steel bracelet
All Priced At $1,990.