Oris was delighted to introduce the Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111, at their impressive Oris Aviation Event held at the Ambri airport in Switzerland.
The Swiss general aviation airport was the perfect stage for Oris’s debut-presentation for their latest timepiece. The launch was hosted by Oris Executive Chairman Ulrich W. Herzog and Oris’s brand ambassador Paul Ruppeiner, who is a former Swiss Air Force pilot and Swissair captain.
The Swiss Air Force returned to the Ambri airport specifically for the event and their world famous display team Patrouille Suisse took to the skies in their Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter jets. The Super Puma Display Team, the famous P3 Flyers and Oris’s own Swiss Hunter Team charmed the crowd with daring aerobatic displays.
The launch of Calibre 111 is a significant moment in the Swiss brand history. Last year, Oris began rebuilding it’s industrial in-house movement programme with Calibre 110.The unveiling of Calibre 111 in 2015 marks the next chapter in Oris’s long watchmaking tradition, which began in 1904.
The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111 has hand-wound movement with a 10-day power reserve, a patented non-linear power reserve indicator and a date function in a window at 9 o’ clock, creating a trio of complications never seen in a watch before. The non-linear power reserve indicator on the dial has been designed to look like an airplane fuel gauge. As a pilot, it’s important to be able to read the time in a single glance, which is why Oris has built the Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111 with an anti-reflective coating on the inside of the sapphire crystal to minimize glare.
The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111 is another sign of Oris’s eagerly anticipated comeback to movement manufacturing, and serves as another reminder of the company’s belief in making quality, industrially manufactured, high-functioning watches: “real watches for ‘real people.’