10-Days and 2-Timezones: Oris Introduces the Calibre 112

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One of the greatest stories in the past few years is the resurgence of Oris. The brand’s been on fire lately, releasing a string of excellence including the Williams F1 Chronograph, the instant-classic Divers Sixty-Five, and the stunning in-house Calibre 111. The trend shows no signs of stopping at Basel 2016, with Oris pulling the covers off of several exciting new prospects headlined by the Artelier Calibre 112. The third new in-house calibre in three years for Oris, the Artelier Calibre 112 is their most impressive yet, with a host of new complications wrapped together in an extremely handsome package.

ORIS_CALIBER_112_1While on the lager side at 43mm, the case of the Artelier Calibre 112 is contemporary and dressy, with delicate tapering lugs emerging from softly rounded case sides. The polished bezel is thin and elegantly simple, flanked by a small pillbox crown at 3. Available as either an all stainless or two-tone stainless and rose gold design, the restrained lines of the case are an attractively subdued frame for the rest of the design, both front and back. Speaking of the back, the caseback is dominated by a massive sapphire display window giving a clear view of the in-house Calibre 112. While not lavishly decorated, the movement offers an impressive view of the balance wheel at work, massive 10-day barrel, along with proudly signed plates and gears.

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The dial is somewhat more intricate, featuring five different complications, but manages to display all of these in a clean, subtle design. In either dark, muted blue or opaline silver, the main dial is matte and minimal with applied rectangular indices and dressy lumed needle hands. At 3 o’clock is Oris’ patented ten-day non-linear power reserve indicator, flanked at 12 by a second-timezone dial with unique day-night indicator illustrated by a small sun and crescent moon. While not the most functional of complications, the execution of the day-night here is brilliantly done and makes a strong focal point at the 12 o’clock position. Having a second timezone is always a great feature, and this execution is among the easiest to read.

ORIS_CALIBER_112_4A large sub seconds dial is placed, interestingly, between 7 and 8, and features the same cutout depth and contrasting finish as the other two sub-dials to add additional dynamism in the light. Rounding out the roster of complications is an unobtrusive dial-colored date wheel at 9. With so many separate elements, the design could easily become baroque and overdone, but in practice it’s a remarkably balanced display of the capabilities of the Calibre 112.

The hand-wound Calibre 112, obviously, is the centerpiece of the Atelier Calibre 112, and quickly proves itself a worthy focal point. Not only is it designed and manufactured entirely in-house, the movement features some seriously impressive specs. Beating at a steady 21,600 bph, the Calibre 112 boasts a massive 10-day power reserve. Even more impressively, that power reserve is delivered by a single barrel, in what must be some excellent packaging work. Displaying that reserve is a non-linear indicator, giving more real estate on the gauge the closer the Calibre 112 gets to empty.

ORIS_CALIBER_112_3In terms of straps, the Artelier Calibre 112 offers a choice of black or dark brown crocodile leather on an Oris deployant, depending on case materials. The stainless model is also available on an optional bracelet, likely the polished beads-of-rice seen on previous Oris Artelier models. While certainly not cheap at a starting price of $6,500, the Artelier Calibre 112 remains a strong value for its quality construction and in-house complications. It’s an easy piece to get excited about, and one that we can’t wait to cover more upon its release.

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Hailing from Redondo Beach, California, Sean’s passion for design and all things mechanical started at birth. Having grown up at race tracks, hot rod shops and car shows, he brings old-school motoring style and a lifestyle bent to his mostly vintage watch collection.
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