By Jovan Krstevski
And so it seems Oris is going to introduce the third movement into their impressive in-house powerhouses. For Baselworld 2016, Oris introduces Calibre 112 continuing the well-received 110 and 111 calibers. What makes the third one interesting is that it adds a GMT function based off the Calibre 112. This movement will be powering the Oris Artelier meant for dressy occasions. As a dress watch surely enough it appears more sporty than any watch of its caliber. I like it because it is simple and small enough yet full of powerful features are seen right on the amazing dial.
Let’s begin with the 43 mm stainless steel case which will also feature another version with stainless steel combined with 18 k rose gold bezel. For now, I’ll focus on the stainless steel version which in my opinion is just lovely. It’s amazingly clean from lug to lug plus the inconspicuous crown. The bezel sports very smooth finish and when paired with the leather strap it just shines. Well, I guess this is what it takes for dressy watches these days to be noticed. The size is great but the smooth metallic finish is just superb.
There will be two versions of the dial too: one is the deep blue-gray dial and the other is a shimmering opaline dial. Either way, they’re made to perfectly match each environment. As for me, I like the deep blue-gray dial for its utter neatness and simplicity. We get very nice applied indices and shiny hand-polished nickel hands coated with super useful Super-LumiNova. The crystal really makes up for a dressy watch since its sapphire is also treated with anti-reflectivity treatments including the sapphire case back that showcases the amazing in-house movement.
Talking more about the dial, the subdial at 12 presents the GMT functionality sporting a subtle day and night indication. This is achieved by two-tone rotating discs underneath the dial allowing the moon to appear white in the evening as the sun goes dark. The reverse applies for the morning with a surprising twist: at sunset the sun and the moon gets a mix of both colors. This is very smart for a day and night complication. Of course, we see the brand’s patented non-linear power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. The small seconds dial is between 7 and 8 while the date window is at the 9 o’clock. Overall I see neat presentations and I like it.
The real cream of the crop here is the hand-wound Caliber 112 which preserves the brand’s 10-day power reserve while operating at 3Hz. This lengthy power reserve is achieved by using a single barrel. The GMT function will be loved by the travelers of course which often are business people. So yeah you can focus on your business trip without worrying too much about having to manually wound your watch to be timely.
The new stainless steel Oris Artelier Calibre 112 goes with either a classy Louisiana croco leather strap in varoiuos colors or a traditional steel bracelet. On the other hand, the 18-carat rose gold-bezeled Oris Artelier goes exclusively on a specialized leather strap. The steel version’s price tag is 6,300 CHF while the rose gold-bezeled version is 7,800 CHF. For more info, please visit oris.ch
JOVAN KRSTEVSKI – FOUNDER, PROPRIETOR & EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Jovan Krstevski has been collecting watches every since his father bought him an Omega Seamaster back when he was just a teenager. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview and is one of the most widely read watch blogs on the Web. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’ Besides WristReview, he also writes for a number of publications. Read his articles here