Oris Rectangular Culture Swiss Watches Review
Oris Rectangular, a Feminine Collection
Oris Rectangular is one of three Culture collections Oris currently manufacture – and is the watchmaker's only strictly line that includes feminine items. The general sparsity of feminine watches isn't surprising considering the adrenaline-sporty direction of the company. More surprising is the design clarity and assurance of these Rectangular watches in light of that sparsity.
Design is the main attraction of Oris Rectangular. All major case and dial components transform into elements of decoration: dials become canvases on which linear motifs or guilloche are given space to spread on; curved Arabic numerals, oversized and flowing, stand out as elegant symbols of precision; cases and lugs morph one into the other effortlessly and gracefully.
Oris Rectangular appear in two main shapes: a straight rectangle and a concave one. The latter is bolder, and combined with a stainless steel bracelet and a black dial, projects even more character.
Such components as hands and crown keep a fairly traditional appearance and play an auxiliary role of supporting the main players, the cases and the dials.
It's interesting to note that despite some risks, Oris take a “slowly but surely” approach in their feminine watches designs – a field where they don't specialize, but still wish to make an independent statement.
Bracelets and Straps
It's rare for a watchmaker to create a collection that works equally well with straps and bracelets. Oris Rectangular is one such collection. Strap and bracelet watches present different characters, and both variations form independent mini-collections that endow the timepieces with distinct, though related characteristics.
Oris Rectangular with straps create a sense of homey security, leather adding a touch of warmth and hospitality. Bracelet watches steer sharply towards urban and more anonymous representation, though the irregular round-edged bricks of the Date 2008 offset this sharp effect. I think that strap models will suit more people-oriented personalities, while the bracelet versions will resonate with people wishing to project a sophisticated “cool” persona.