Oris launches the Chronoris Williams 40th Anniversary Limited Edition


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In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Williams’ Formula One team, Oris is launching a special dedicated version of its iconic Chronoris model: the Chronoris Williams 40th Anniversary  Limited Edition. The Swiss watchmaker and British Formula One motor racing team first met in 2003 and have been collaborating ever since. In fact, Oris is now the team’s longest-serving partner! A celebration of Williams Racing’s extraordinary achievements, the new watch is issued as a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. The all-steel model is priced at CHF 3,800 while the versions with rubber or leather strap retail at CHF 3,500.

Currently racing in Formula One as Williams Martini Racing, the Williams Grand Prix Engineering was formed in 1977 by Sir Frank Williams and automotive engineer Sir Patrick Head. The two iconic motorsport figures and visionaries are responsible for many innovations within Formula One and for turning Williams Racing into a championship winning team, and one of the most successful Formula One teams in history. Williams Racing has won 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles, nine for constructors and seven for drivers. Throughout the history, the team was represented by some of the most iconic F1 drivers such as Keke Rosberg (Nico Rosberg’s father), Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Jenson Button, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet, Jacques Villeneuve and Ayrton Senna.

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Frank Williams and Patrick Head are responsible for many F1 innovations

 

The new Oris Chronoris Williams 40th Anniversary  Limited Edition represents a tribute to both the Williams Racing and Chronoris. Introduced in 1970, the Chronoris is Oris’ very first chronograph. Equipped with an unconventional cushion-shaped case, the watch immediately appealed to a generation of racing enthusiasts mesmerized by the performances of the era’s F1 drivers. The new model also has a cushion-shaped case, but with a design that is updated to suit the needs of modern watch collectors. Oris’ designers have included several “Williams-inspired” details such as the Williams Racing logo on the back and white and blue accents on the dial.

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The white and blue accents are a nod to the team’s colors

 

Housed in a 40 mm multi-piece stainless steel case, the Chronoris Williams 40th Anniversary  Limited Edition is water resistant to 100 meters. Beneath the double AR-coated sapphire glass is black dial with applied polished nickel indices and hands. Featuring a white tip, the blue central chronograph seconds hand can also be used as running central seconds hand. In addition to hours, minutes, and seconds, the dial also features two chronograph counters at 6 and 12, as well as the date window at 3 o’clock. Completing the dial we have the tachymeter scale running around its edge.

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The Williams logo is embossed on the caseback

 

Inside the watch is the caliber 673. Based on ETA 7750, this self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and enables a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. The watch is available with three strap options: perforated brown leather strap, perforated black rubber strap, and 15-link stainless steel bracelet. The Oris Chronoris Williams 40th Anniversary  Limited Edition is presented in a special leather pouch featuring additional grey NATO textile strap, strap changing tool and antistatic watch-cleaning cloth.

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The watch comes in a special vintage-inspired leather case

 

 

 

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