Oris is celebrating their 110th anniversary with a new watch – the 110 Years Limited Edition. Behind the celebratory name is a timepiece with a completely new movement, the Caliber 110. In fact, this is the first in-house movement from Oris in 35 years! The caliber features a power reserve of 10 days, as it’s implied in the name of the watch itself, but perhaps what’s more important about it is how it displays the amount of power left. If we take a look at the dial, at 3 o’clock, we’ll notice an indicator whose increments are not all the same length. This is because Oris opted for a non-linear power reserve indicator, where the increments get bigger as the power reserve is dwindling.
Another thing we find out about this watch from its name is that not a lot of them will be made. The timepiece will be available in 220 pieces. Exactly half of those (symbolical 110) are the watches with an 18 karat rose gold case, while the other half comprises models with a stainless steel case. Each of these versions has a different strap, as well as indices and hands which match the respective case.
Aside from these aesthetic differences, we’re talking about two identical watches. And that means we have identical cases, measuring 43 mm in diameter. On the back, there is a sapphire crystal, which means we get a nice view of the movement. The same material completes the front side, and it features antireflective coating for optimal visibility. As for the water resistance, the watch is able to withstand pressures at depths of up to 30 meters.
While the two versions of the watch have different-colored hands and indices, in order to match their respective cases, the background is the same for both. This is a silver opaline dial, and one of the first things you’re going to notice here is certainly the non-linear power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock, which is actually patented by Oris. On the opposite side, at 9 o’clock, we can see the small seconds sub-dial.
The watch is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, the Caliber 110 with 40 jewels. It beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 10 days. In total, we have 177 components comprising the movement, among which we find the bridges with their polished and hand-beveled edges. The experts from Oris, together with L’École Téchnique Le Locle, worked 10 year on developing the movement, and now we have the chance to see the final product. The quality is further emphasized by the fact that each movement is hand-assembled and tested by expert watchmakers, ensuring everything is top-notch.
Finally, we have two Louisiana crocodile leather straps – the black one complements the stainless steel version, together with a metal buckle, and the dark brown strap completes the rose gold model. The stainless steel model will be available for 5,500 Swiss Francs, while its rose gold counterpart is priced at 14,800 Swiss Francs.