Oris finally made what I’ve been waiting for on their movement on their birthday – put it on a smaller watch. They did that and added a pointer date functionality making this a new calibre, 403.
The naming of the watch is straightforward.
It’s called the Hölstein Edition 2021, conceived to show how much we love this glorious village we’ve called home since 1904. And we wanted you to be the first to hear about it.
The overall design is new for Oris as well. Oris has been incorporating its industrial heritage into its watches, and this incorporated it through the grey palette.
I love how Oris chose red for its sub-second and pointer date hands as it pops up over the grey and stands out. A few other things I love about this watch is they didn’t use the ribbed bezel, domed crystal and cathedral hands.
The steel watch is based on the Big Crown, our signature piece and a collection ever-present since 1938. The design is a total one-off. The grey palette, red detailing and bespoke numerals are one thing, but you’ll also notice the smooth bezel, in place of the fluted motif we use across the current line.
The strap also features a quick-release which is the standard for almost every modern Oris watch.
Caseback features the iconic Oris Bear with the limited edition number. I prefer a see-through case back, but this is the correct decision as this release is limited. See-through case backs can be added once this reaches the main line-up.
The Calibre 403 shares the same architecture as the 400, but with an added small seconds and pointer date. Like with the 400, this movement has anti-magnetism, a five-day power reserve and a 10-year warranty. This is what Oris calls the new standard.
Overall, this is a massive step for Oris and congratulations on another year!
You can learn more about the watch here.