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.
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 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 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.