The Cotton Candy is also available on a leather strap, and as with any vintage style diver, it will look great on leather, and the bronze color of the case ought to be plenty versatile for a variety of colors and textures. But if you’re thinking of buying this watch, not owning the bracelet is a mistake. The full bronze look certainly isn’t for everyone, but even if I ultimately found the visual impact to not be entirely to my taste, I don’t think I’d want to wear the watch any other way, as the bracelet is simply so comfortable and effortless.
I’m not a bronze watch convert after experiencing the Cotton Candy, but Oris is most definitely onto something with this new case size. This watch, I think, should be viewed as a fun experiment, and not a statement of purpose from the brand in any way. The fact that the experiment is largely a success, however, makes me think that this watch could lead to all kinds of new things under the Divers Sixty-Five umbrella in the future.
First and foremost, the case is a big winner. If they make this 38mm case in stainless steel, with traditional dial options, it would be an absolute homerun. What’s strange about the revelation of how great 38mm is though is that it’s a complete surprise. With the plentiful options already available, I don’t know of anyone who was really clamoring for a Sixty-Five in a 38mm size, as the 40mm case seemed to be fairly well liked, and a 42mm case is out there as well if you want something more modern looking. And yet here we are, with a new 38mm option that in my opinion is the best yet for the Sixty-Five. It feels like the right size for this watch and somehow more true to the spirit of its 60s inspiration than previous versions. And, speaking as someone with a larger than average wrist, it absolutely makes sense for those of us who might regularly wear watches that are considerably larger day to day. Try it out, and I think most will be convinced based on the overall comfort factor alone.
As far as the new colors go, we’ll see how these are adopted by Oris customers over time. The early buzz is positive, but I think the real test for the Cotton Candy will be in how these watches age. We’ll know soon enough, as Instagram is full of amatauer (and professional!) scientists who will advance the ageing process on these cases artificially. I’m very curious to see how these pastel dials look after the bronze surrounding them darkens up a bit and gains some of the irregularities that are commonly associated with bronze patina.
Oris is a very customer focused brand – they take cues from their clients and are unusually accessible via social media and their large authorized dealer network compared to other comparably sized Swiss brands. It’s nice to see a brand like this do something out of the box like the Cotton Candy watches because it’s not only a reflection of their willingness to experiment and go against the grain a bit, but they must also have a sense that their customers want something like this too. It’s refreshing, particularly coming out of such a miserable time period that we’ve all been through, that the enthusiast community, at least in Oris’s eyes, is ready for something that’s a pure confection. We could all use more watches that are made to simply be fun. Oris