Oris revived a Seventies classic this year with the Chronoris – a timepiece inspired by the brand’s first in-house chronograph made in 1970. Although the original was a chronograph, the 2017 version – the Chronoris Date – has an inner rotating bezel that serve as a timer.

That lovely vintage inspired bracelet

Introduced in 1970, the original Chronoris was Oris’s debut stop-seconds chronograph. The model’s name is a portmanteau of the world ‘chronograph’ and the company name. It had a streamlined case in keeping with the tastes of the period, and was powered by the company’s first in-house chronograph movement.

In 2005, Oris did introduce a chronograph replica but for 2017, the company’s designers, engineers and watchmakers have reinterpreted those early 1970s models to create a stylish, retro-looking piece for the current generation of watch buyers.

The 2005 Chronoris was a chronograph

The new Chronoris Date uses a 39 mm stainless steel case that has a mix of brushed and polished surfaces. The design codes pay homage to the Seventies what with the streamlined case, the orange hour markers and central seconds hand, and the multi-tone, sporty look of the dial.

The watch has an inner rotating bezel that serves as a timer. Operated by a separate crown at 4 o’clock, it allows the wearer to time seconds, minutes or hours, depending on which hand the orange triangle is aligned to zero with.

The watch has plenty of strap options

The watch is powered by the self-winding Oris Cal. 733, based on Selita SW 200-1, with date at 3 o’clock. This movement has a power reserve of 38 hours. The Chronoris Date comes with a lot of strap options – a brown or black leather strap, a black rubber strap, or a grey NATO textile strap.

It is also offered with a stainless steel bracelet, Oris’s designers returned again to an original design, albeit slimmer and more refined, and features an articulated bracelet with 15 links across.