By Jovan Krstevski
The bronze model of the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date is certainly the flagship at Baselworld 2018 watch for the brand but wait till you read about the steel models below.
The new 36 mm bronze case is new to the brand and this material is also seen on the crown. The bronze case is also mated to an original light green dial which is a direct inspiration of Le Corbusier’s Architectural Polychromy. Moreover, the dial features gold-plated cathedral hands under a sapphire window resulting in a classic feel with hours, minutes, seconds and the date hand on a central axis.
The date track sits on the edge of the dial which is expected for the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date. Powering the bronze model is a reliable Sellita SW 200–1 which is moderately modified to accommodate the new display and the smaller frame. I like the naturally tanned light brown leather strap that goes with the watch as it adds more vintage appeal to the new bronze watch. This same leather is available in the steel models. Moreover, the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date in bronze is reasonably priced at priced at CHF 1,800.
Moving on to the steel models of the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date, we see multiple dial choices: classic black dial (available in 40 mm and 36 mm), new grey-blue dial (available in 40 mm), and light green dial (available in 36 mm). The steel case has nice details with alternating polished and brushed finish.
It is also water resistant to 50 m. Moreover, both models have the same design featuring a curved profile and nicely domed sapphire crystal. As for the straps, both sizes will also use either a seven-link steel bracelet or a naturally tanned leather strap with a stainless steel pin buckle adding more vintage appeal.
The powerhouse for the new watch is the Oris Cal. 754 based on Sellita SW 200–1 featuring a pointer date function. The movement visible through the caseback showcases Oris’ signature red oscillating weight. Both models of the steel Oris Big Crown Pointer Date will be priced at CHF 1,550 with a leather strap and CHF 1,750 on with a steel bracelet. For more info, visit Oris online.