Oris Swiss Wrist Watches Complete Review-Guide
Oris Swiss Made Watches
Oris is an established and respected Swiss watchmaker that offers a serious alternative to the intimidating price tag of high-end luxury companies. Oris produce purely mechanical watches, stress the importance of fine design, and engineer their own movement alterations. These three qualifications elevate the brand to the entry level of luxury watchmaking industry.
Oris make watches for a wide range of purposes and activities. Indeed, the brand made a point of engaging planet's three elements – ground, sea, and water – by creating the Motor Sport, the Diving and the Aviation collection. Oris Culture collection provides a stylish contrast, which blends comfortably in casual and evening settings, and gives the company a stratum of taste and depth.
Oris emphasize their independence and self-reliance as a watchmaking brand. The company's history (spanning a century), combined with deep, highly balanced designs generates a sense of profound security. This security emanates from every Oris timepiece, and can be traced in the quiet dial compositions and the harmonious interaction between the dials, cases, and bracelets (or straps).
Oris website presents the company's history, collections, movements, and gives access to other necessary services – all in an orderly, well-paced fashion. No fancy flash animations, just clear presentation of unambiguous information.
Oris construct over 30 different movements, some of them developed in-house. The watchmaker's hallmark invention is the bi-directional red rotor, which can be immediately recognized by the bright red color, seen through the transparent back. Oris movements provide a number of complications: date, day of the week, chronographs, dual time, GMT, alarm, moon phases, and more.
Oris categorize their watches according to four principal purposes: Motor Sport, Diving, Aviation, and Culture. Each collection branches into several subcategories, each including a number of models; all in all, the company makes dozens of watches, some of which differ drastically in appearance. Let's take a closer look (click on the links to read dedicated reviews):
Oris TT3 combines sleek visuals with a chronograph function and a tachometer scale. With lugs integrated into a flexible strap (rubber), and case and dial made of titanium and carbon, these are exceptionally durable watches.
Oris WilliamsF1 Team is inspired by Formula 1 in design and purpose. Featuring a more pronounced and generally sharper look than the TT3, this line opts for stainless steel and less protruding push buttons for the chronographs.
Oris Chronoris reproduces a classical model from 1970: it includes an additional minute subdial at twelve o'clock, and a seductive retro look.
Oris diving watches contain the company's most complex movements, all encased in elaborate designs and protected by various durable materials. The collection offers professional diver's watches equipped with a set of complications (dual/world time, GMT, chronograph). Water resistance and titanium (or stainless steel) allow the timepieces to perform well in underwater conditions; luminous hands and indices, along with aptly incorporated color, facilitate legibility.
In my opinion, what gives Oris Diver's watches the edge over the competitors is the original design. The dials literally depict water, as a wavy guilloche on the faces creates the semblance of the sea. The hands resemble vessels: the hours hand looks like a motor boat, the minutes hands describes a submarine. This design creates an interesting and somewhat humorous effect of a never ending sea journey.
Oris Aviation watches include some unusual complications and case designs. To people unfamiliar with the demands of professional pilots, these timers may seem bizarre – yet every component has a purpose.
Oris BC3 and Oris BC4 are two related but different collections. The latter offers the latest movements equipped with numerous complications designed for pilots, the former focuses on retro classic visuals. Features include time zones, compass, vertical crown, and more.
Oris Flight Timer combines vintage looks with latest chronograph technology. The stress on uncluttered dials makes reading time very easy and fast, an important feature in high-pressure conditions that pilots often undergo.
Oris Big Crown line offers oversized watches that encase such unique complications as telemeter chronograph (for measuring time difference between thunder and lighting) and moon phases. Designs veer toward classic aesthetic.
Oris Culture watches – Rectangular, Artelier and Classic – emphasize the element of pure style that all Oris pieces demonstrate to some degree. Professionally oriented complications and design complexities are dropped; stylistic elaboration and artistic design step forward instead.
Oris Rectangular is mostly a feminine collection. Curved oversized numerals, linear patterns on the dials and concave cases create a sense of lightness and anticipation – some models were set with diamonds or equipped with exquisitely crafted bracelets (one of my favorite features).
Oris Artelier is reminiscent of Patek Philippe Complications in its approach: a collection that showcases the watchmaker's complications within certain stylistic limits, salient and not so salient.
Oris Classic is the stripped version that sharply illustrates the company's design elements: large Arabic numerals, expressive hands, heightened sense of harmony, and an enviable clarity that few other watchmakers managed or dared to fathom.
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