Caliber 111, Oris’s series-produced in-house caliber, broke new ground when it was launched two years ago – now it’s back in stylish blue. When Oris unveiled the Artelier Caliber 111 in 2015, it marked a significant moment in the company’s history – the rebirth of Oris’s in-house movement development program. Now part of Oris folklore, the landmark watch is back, this time with a piercing blue dial that gives the line a stylish blue twist.
The magic of Artelier Caliber 111 was – and remains – in its unique combination of complications. Its hand-wound mechanical movement delivers a 10-day power reserve, an Oris- patented non-linear power reserve indicator and a date indication. Oris is the only Swiss watch company with a movement that brings these features together in a single watch.
The watch’s huge power reserve is stored in the standout feature of the movement’s architecture, a single, oversized barrel, visible through a sapphire crystal case back. That in turn feeds the non- linear power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. This is governed by a specially developed ‘worm gear’ also visible through the case back, and shows the time remaining with ever greater accuracy as the time to rewind the watch approaches.
Caliber 111 was developed over a six-year period. Despite delivering exceptional performance, it still conforms to Oris’s value philosophy. Ever since 1904, when the company was founded by two watchmakers in the Swiss town of Holstein, Oris has combined state-of-the-art industrial manufacturing techniques, traditional hand-craftsmanship and sensible pricing to create beautiful, memorable watches designed to last a lifetime.
The new version of the Artelier Caliber 111 continues the legacy and positions Oris as one of the Swiss watch industry’s most pioneering mechanical watch innovators. It comes in a 43mm stainless steel case with a deep blue sun-ray dial and on a dark blue or black Louisiana croco leather strap, or on a superbly engineered stainless steel bracelet. It is presented in a luxurious wooden box and is on sale from December 2017, with a retail price of CHF 5,500. The Oris Artelier Caliber 111 remains the only Swiss Made mechanical watch with a 10-day power reserve, a non-linear power reserve indicator and a date function and is water-resistant to 30 meters.