Oris is a watchmaker that seeks inspiration from the historical events and players in horological circles to create masterpieces that make us think and experience some type of emotional response. For those who are keen on the history of watchmaking, this adds an element of value and excitement to any collectible that is produced. With this in mind, Oris has announced the creation of the new Oris Holstein Edition 2020. To learn more about this new masterpiece, and for enhancement of your knowledge base, here are 10 things you didn’t know about the Oris Holsstein Edition 2020.
1. The Oris Holstein Edition 2020 honors the root of Swiss industrialization
There is a back story that accompanies the planning for this magnificent timepiece. Holstein was a small village that one passed through when traveling between Basel and Bern. Basel underwent a period of intense industrialization during the latter portion of the 19th century and Bern was the capital, however, the creation of a new railroad promoted Holstein from a small hamlet into a flourishing locale for industrialization to explode. The result was a haven for fine watchmakers and a reputation for producing some notable timepieces. The Oris Holstein Edition 2020 honors the roots of the establishment of the Oris headquarters in this city.
2. The watch is designed to make you smile
The intention of the Oris Holstein Edition 2020 is to make people smile. This has been confirmed by the CEO of the company Rolf Studer as he explained how this is accomplished. The designers of this watch included one element on the case back. It is the Oris Bear which is embossed on the metal of the back case portion. It was placed there for only one reason according to Studer, and that is to make you smile.
3. The Oris Holstein Edition 2020 is an exclusive limited edition
Oris has produced a strictly limited number of the Oris Holstein Edition 2020 watches. They’ve kept the number down to just 250 examples to be created and distributed for sale throughout the world. This means that it’s a highly collectible watch that was rare from the moment of its release for sale to the general public.
4. Oris is experimenting with methods of sale
Anyone who is interested in purchasing this watch will need to be among the first 250 to place an order as it is sold on a first-come-first-served basis. In light of the current pandemic closing down what are considered to be non-essential shops, Oris is looking for new ways for their clientele to make purchases. It is available on the Oris e-shop, but it can be delivered to any dealer who is authorized by Oris to handle the sale and disposition of the brand. Some customers prefer to meet in person to have the bracelet sized and properly fitted. The brand is currently working out the details to arrange for these services. The e-commerce site keeps a running tally of how many of these watches have already been spoken for.
5. The Oris Holstein Edition 2020 is uniquely bronze
This watch is making history for the brand by becoming the first model created that is nearly all brass for its metal. There are a few other components including a steel case back, and the gold plating on the dial. It’s worth noting that the case is made completely of bronze. So are the pushers, crown, and bracelet.
6. The Dial is light and airy yet functional
The bright goldtone of the face of the watch is light and highly legible. It’s gold-plated to retain every ounce of luxury through the use of precious metal over bronze. The generously wide bezel features a running band of indexes that indicate the seconds with slashes and at 10-second increments, raised numerals with goldtone for high legibility. The minutes are displayed in a dark brown running display on the inside of the bezel on the outer portion of the dial. Hours are displayed in dots that are made of white encircled in goldtone borders with chunky hands also featuring a wonderfully contrasting white. Hands and indexes are treated with luminous treatment to enhance nighttime legibility.
7. The watch is a chronograph
In case we didn’t mention it, the Oris Holstein Edition 2020 is a chronograph watch with 2 subdials placed on the face of the watch to display functions of the complications. It is powered with an automatic Oris 771 caliber movement. This is a movement that is inspired by the Sellita SW500-1 which beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph with a power reserve of 48 hours.
8. It’s a highly functional diver
The functions of this complicated watch include hours, minutes, small seconds, and a chronograph. Of particular note are the stop-seconds, and the chronograph with a 30-minute counter. To sweeten the deal it’s also water-resistant for up to 100 meters which equals 330 feet. It’s fairly remarkable for a chronograph which enhances its overall inherent value.
9. Other featuers of the Oris Holstein Edition 2020
The case measures 43 mm in diameter and it is made with multiple pieces. With the exception of the stainless steel solid case back, it is made entirely of bronze, as are the screw-in crown and pushers to operate the chronograph functions. the bracelet is bronze with a folding clasp and classy link construction. The sapphire crystal glass is treated with anti-reflective coating that enhances the legibility of the dial even in bright sunlight.
10. It’s a watch that will become more unique in time
The bronze material of the Oris Holstein Edition 2020 will change with the passage of time. One of the most unique features of bronze is that as it ages, it develops a patina. In time, each of the 250 examples will change and evolve into pieces that reflect a distinct one-of-a-kind personality and no two will be identical because of the nature of aged bronze. The watch is being offered for a price of $5,200.