Amid all that is happening around the world, seeing something on the internet that will make you stop, and smile is becoming a rare occurrence. Thankfully, for us watch enthusiasts, Oris with the help of a cuddly bear and bronze metals have made something so special that will have you drooling quite a bit. Introducing the Oris Holstein Edition 2020.
To understand the motives behind making a full-bronze watch, one must first go back to the founding of Oris in 1904. The company was founded when Paul Cattin and Georges Christian signed a contract with the Swiss village of Hölstein, allowing them to set up and run their own watch company. They named the company Oris, after a local creek.
Their mission was simple, they wanted to build watches using industrial techniques but still retain the craftsmanship values of traditional horology. In their words, they wanted to answer the question “Could man and machine combine to deliver beautiful watches at prices that hard-working citizens could afford?” Needless to say, it worked, and by 1910 they were the biggest employer in the region. Until today, Oris continues to make watches that are sensibly priced with great value for money.
This brings us back to the Oris Holstein Edition 2020. To celebrate the founding ethos of Oris, they have decided to offer a limited edition Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph made entirely out of solid bronze. This piece is simply gorgeous. Thanks to the colour of Bronze, you are getting something that looks like a solid gold watch but without the wallet-busting price tag. But more than that, the fact that they made the whole piece from bronze will allow it to develop a patina over time making even the bracelet feel personal to its owner.
You will find a bit of gold on the watch, specifically, on the dial which is gold-plated with black chronograph counters and fitted with rose gold-plated indices. The case size is 43mm and engraved on the case back is the Oris Bear. Beneath the dial, the watch is still the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph and will come with the Oris 771 movement that has automatic winding and a 48-hour power reserve. Because bronze is quite a soft material, Oris mentions that the caseback, bracelet pins and the folding clasp mechanism will be made from stainless steel for durability.
The price of the Oris Holstein Edition 2020 is set at MYR 24,800 which is a definite steal if you consider that it is only about 6,000 more than the stainless-steel option. With only 250 pieces available worldwide, I don’t think the watch will be available for long. But fret not, if you didn’t manage to get one, Oris mentions that this is “the first in a series of limited-edition watches named in honour of this magical place.”
Case size: 43mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire with anti-reflective coating inside
Movement: Oris 771
Water Resistance: 100m
Price: MYR 24,800