Oris has a long-standing connection to the world of motor sport. It’s a relationship that began back in the 1970s when the brand released its first auto-themed racing chronograph, the Chronoris. And it’s one that’s continued through the years via partnerships with numerous racing organizations, among them the F1 Williams team and the Audi Sport Team. As one might expect, these partnerships have given birth to numerous co-branded and auto-themed watches from Oris. While racing-inspired watches can often be a mixed bag, Oris has produced some exceptional pieces with a clear nod to motoring without going overboard with racing design cues. Their latest piece, the Artix GT Chronograph, continues that effective trend.
The multi-piece stainless steel case comes in at 44mm and features a slight redesign from previous models in the Artix range. The bi-directional rotating bezel has a black ceramic insert featuring a minutes scale at intervals of five and a rubber side grip for ease of use. The screw down case back has a mineral crystal aperture revealing the Oris Cal. 774, a Sellita SW 500 base with some in-house modification by Oris. A double domed sapphire crystal, ideal for reducing lens distortion, sits atop the dial and features internal AR for maximum legibility.
The dial itself is black with red and white accents, and there are some stealthy grey elements that blend well into the established color palette. The indices are applied and polished and filled with lume (BGW9) in the center, as are the central hands. A date window is smartly positioned at six, with white text against black. Overall, it’s an aggressive, stealthy look, but one that feels more versatile than most.