The past five years have been something of a coming-of-age for Oris. Irrespective of being in what perhaps are the industry’s darkest days, the brand doesn’t put a foot wrong. It made a triumphant return to its roots with the introduction of its in-house cal. 110, a hand-wound powerhouse with a 10-day power reserve, which further spawned the cal. 111, featuring the inclusion of a date complication, the 112 which played host to a second timezone and a day-night indication, and the incoming 113.
It created the airborne counterpoint to its famous Aquis Depth Gauge: the Big Crown ProPilots, and most of all, it rebooted the Divers Sixty-Five, a retro diver that embodied everything we love about beater-tool watches. Executed in a series of staggeringly handsome iterations from a Deauville blue dial to a bronze Carl Brashear Limited Edition to a gorgeous bottle-green with seemingly no end in sight, it concretized the brand’s rich diving heritage and intelligently addressed the zeitgeist of making the past look like something the future would crave.
This year marks the beginning of what we’d wager to be another incredible run for Oris as they have chosen to pursue yet another segment of their archives with the return of the ChronOris. The watch in question marked the company’s first foray into motorsports in 1970. Dubbed the Star ChronOris, it was a stop-seconds chronograph; bold-faced with an orange seconds track that ran three quarters of the way around the dial, featuring an orange central seconds hand. In keeping with the times, it had a case that resembled a cross between a tonneau and its corpulent cousin, the cushion, and was equipped with the brand’s first in-house chronograph movement, the hand-wound cal. 725.