The main dial itself is what might be called pleasantly busy. There’s a lot going on here, but it all flows together well and leaves enough breathing room around each element to stave off a cluttered feeling. An internal tachymeter bezel forms the outer ring, encircling a colorful multi-part seconds track. This track is another shared element with the standard Chronoris, although the segment from 12 to nine o’clock is orange as opposed to the vibrant Williams blue seen here. From there you have a 1/5 seconds/minutes track, applied rectangular indices, and finally a second set of blocky white minute indicators. While it’s certainly intricate, everything here is brilliantly proportional.
The strong overall symmetry is slightly hurt by the three o’clock date window, but it’s useful enough to consider as a necessary evil. Besides, it’s period-correct. While it might be out of place on an even older design, plenty of automatic chronographs in the ’70s had the same date window issue, if you will.
Moving our attention to the handset, Oris has provided a simple set of pointed batons for the job. These are topped off with a long counterweighted chronograph seconds hand in another splash of Williams blue with a white tip. Dial text is kept to a minimum, helping to preserve overall balance. Powering the Chronoris Williams 40th Anniversary Limited Edition is Oris’ Cal. 673 automatic chronograph movement, a ETA 7750 base with some modifications made by the brand. This caliber has seen extensive use in Oris’ chronographs for years, and features a 48-hour power reserve and a smooth 28,800 bph sweep.
Oris is offering the Chronoris Williams 40th Anniversary Limited Edition on three different strap options. These include a beads-of-rice style bracelet, black rubber rally strap, and perhaps the star of the show, a small-hole, weathered brown rally strap.
This is an interesting take for a vintage-style piece, and the aged appearance certainly adds to the old-school charm of the overall package. That overall package is nearly bursting at the seams with charm, though, and it makes for both a fitting tribute for Williams F1 and a seriously impressive addition to an already stellar model lineup.
At a starting price of $3,700, this limited run of 1,000 pieces should be exciting to watch once they hit the market this June. Oris