Oris has introduced the Williams 40th Anniversary Oris limited edition, a mechanical chronograph to mark Williams Racing’s 40th year in Formula One World Championship. The watch uses the F1 team’s distinctive blue color scheme on the dial and has the team logo embossed on the caseback.
Founded by Sir Frank Williams, the British racing team is one of the most successful F1 teams in history. It has nine Constructor’s championship wins and Sir Williams has managed legendary drivers like Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost in the last four decades. This year, Williams Racing celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first Grand Prix, the 1977 Spanish Grand Prix.
And as the F1 team’s timing partner, Oris thought it fitting to launch a limited edition version of its iconic Chronoris, also a product of the Seventies. Chronoris 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 introduced a chronograph replica but at Baselworld this year, the brand reinterpreted the Seventies models to create a stylish, retro-looking piece for the current generation of watch buyers. It may be recalled that Bell & Ross recently launched a limited edition chronograph to mark Renault’s 40 years in Formula One.
Back to the Williams limited edition, the 40 mm stainless steel watch is characterized by the same streamlined case shape - with a mix of brushed and polished surfaces - seen on the original Chronoris. It is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on the inside. The multi-part case features piston-shaped chronograph pushers and the stainless steel caseback is embossed with the Williams Racing logo.
The black dial has a twin-register layout with a 30-minute counter at 12 o’ clock and a 12 hour-counter at 6 o’ clock. It uses applied polished nickel indices, hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova. The chronograph counters use nickel polished hands too and a blue central chronograph seconds hand with a white tip. The only pop of color on the dial is a ‘Williams blue’ track on the tachymeter scale along the edge of the dial. A date window sits at 3 o’ clock.
The watch comes with on a brown leather strap or on a black rubber strap, or an articulated metal bracelet. It is powered by Oris Cal. 673, a self-winding chronograph based on the ETA 7750 with a power reserve of 48 hours. The watch will be limited to 1,000 pieces and is priced at $3,700.