Thursday, May 18, 2017

Oris Artelier Complication

The new Oris Artelier Complication is the latest interpretation of one of Oris’s defining movements. Few movements epitomise the spirit of innovation and creativity that has made Oris one of the world’s most recognised and celebrated watch companies so well as the Complication. This year, it returns in a modernised version of the Artelier to inspire a new generation of mechanical watch enthusiasts. The new watch has a tapered, streamlined silhouette and an Art-Deco-inspired guilloché dial. It is available with either blue or gold accents.
The Complication was first introduced in 1991 at a time when the Swiss watch industry was slowly recovering from the troubles of the Quartz Crisis. Believing in the long-term future of intricately designed and beautifully crafted traditional movements, Oris had decided in the mid-1980s to only make watches with mechanical movements.

The Complication watch featured an automatic movement with day, date, moon phase and second time zone indications. This suite of useful yet romantic functions made the watch an essential tool for stylish, sophisticated international travellers. It has been part of the Oris collection ever since. Today, 26 years after the original Complication, Oris has introduced it into a new version of the Artelier. Oris’s designers updated the Artelier collection, giving it a sleeker, lighter, more tapered feel in keeping with the tastes of contemporary Oris customers. The new watch also has an elegant, Art-Decoinspired guilloché dial that pointed to Oris’s deep admiration for the art of traditional watchmaking.
This is the first time that the new case shape and dial pattern have been married with the Complication. The result is a watch that combines day, date, moon phase and 24-hour second time zone functions with a beautifully designed, hugely versatile watch.
There are two versions, both with stainless steel cases – one with rose gold-plated hands and hour markers and a brown leather strap; and a second with blue hands and hour markers and a blue leather strap. In both, the moon phase is in two colours, giving the watch a romantic feel. The second time zone can be adjusted quickly using the pusher at 4 o’clock.

Technical details
Model: Oris Artelier Complication

Movement
Automatic mechanical movement Cal. 781, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with subdials for the date at 9 o’clock, the day at 3 o’clock and a 24-hour second time zone at 6 o’clock
Moon phase window at 12 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case, crown and pushers for setting second time zone, day and date
Ø 40.00mm
Water-resistant to 5 bar
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed case back with transparent mineral glass

Dial and strap
Ref. No. 01 781 7729 4031 LS: Silver guilloché dial with applied rose gold-plated indices and hands. Hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova®. Dark brown leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp. Also available with stainless steel bracelet

Ref. No. 01 781 7729 4051 LS: Silver guilloché dial with applied blue painted hands and indices. Hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova®. Dark blue leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp. Also available with stainless steel bracelet

Price
Swiss retail price CHF 2,050 on leather strap and CHF 2,250 on metal bracelet

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