Earlier this month, Oris dropped some big news in the form of a brand new movement, made in-house, featuring some impressive specs. The Calibre 400 is an automatic movement that uses twin mainsprings to deliver a full 5 days of power on a full wind, and Oris will be backing up their new caliber with a 10 year warranty, speaking to their confidence in the movement’s reliability. Oris took the somewhat unusual step of announcing the Calibre 400 without a watch for it to stand next to, which underlines the importance of the announcement for the brand, but left fans and watch enthusiasts wondering about when they’d be able to actually buy a Calibre 400 equipped timepiece, and what that watch might be. Well, we didn’t have to wait long to find out. Today, Oris announces the Aquis Date Calibre 400, the first watch to be sold with the new Calibre 400 movement.
Some might have been expecting Oris to launch an entirely new watch specifically for their entirely new movement. Innovative and forward thinking watch designs coupled with innovative movements are nothing new for the brand, after all. Oris has taken a different approach with the Calibre 400, and I think it reflects the long term commitment to the movement that you’d expect given the 10 year warranty period. By putting the Calibre 400 into the well known Aquis diver before anything else, it sends a message that it’s going to become just as familiar as one of the brand’s most familiar divers. It both normalizes the new movement while also giving the brand a chance to once again tout its many advancements and technical achievements, all in a package that fans of the brand and industry observers understand.
The Aquis, as most readers are likely aware, is Oris’s professional, contemporary diver. Where the Divers Sixty-Five lineup is more focused on vintage inspired designs, the Aquis, by comparison, is more of a tool watch aimed at people who intend to bring the watch underwater. It’s a large, sturdy design, with an integrated bracelet (or rubber strap) and tech forward materials like ceramic. The Aquis, over the years, has been made available in a variety of sizes and dial variants, with a host of complications, and is often the starting point for Oris limited editions. To put it another way, it’s a signature product in the Oris catalog, and makes complete sense as the first watch to house their new in-house movement.