Swiss watchmaker Oris was founded nearly 120 years ago on June 1, 1904, a date which has become quite significant for the brand in more ways than one. To commemorate the registration of the brand, Oris releases a special, 250-piece limited edition watch on June 1st of every year. Called the Hölstein Edition, this year’s newcomer to the annually developed collection is the Aquis diver’s watch. The Aquis is a best seller for Oris, this time debuting a rich purple hue and omitting a date window for the first time.
The 41.5mm steel case features a multi-piece construction with a beveled bezel and crown. The unidirectional bezel has a gray ceramic insert that complements the cool tone of the steel exterior. On the reverse of the case is an engraved limited-edition number alongside a printed illustration of the Oris Bear dressed in scuba gear. While a cheeky inclusion, the graphic does reference the diving capabilities of the watch, which is water resistant up to 300 meters.
Making a notable debut for the brand is the vibrant violet hue that washes over its dial. The purple surface is an uninterrupted backdrop for silver-tone hands and indices that are all filled with Super-LumiNova® for ultimate legibility. The bright hue of the dial really is its centerpiece, as the brand opts for a quite simplified layout exempt of complication or frill.
Powering the watch is the caliber 400, an automatic movement with improved accuracy and elevated anti-magnetism to its predecessors. The key difference in this movement is its exclusion of a date indication. Though previously a characteristic element of the Aquis, the community of Oris wearers requested that the brand omit this feature from the model, and their wishes were clearly heard. Capable of indicating hours, minutes, and seconds with a fine timing and stop-second device, the movement has a 120-hour power reserve.
Production of the Oris Aquis Hölstein Edition is limited to 250 pieces, with pricing for each marked at approximately $4,440 when converted to USD.
To learn more, visit Oris here.