From Oris, 5 new watches as it marks 110 years
June 16, 2014
Oris created the Calibre 110 to celebrate its founding in 1904. It is the brand’s first watch in 35 years with a movement produced entirely in-house.
Hölstein, Switzerland--Swiss watch brand Oris is marking its 110th year in business by introducing its first movement produced entirely in-house in 35 years.
Named in honor of the company’s anniversary, the Calibre 110 is a hand-wound movement that features a 10-day power reserve and a patented non-linear power reserve indicator. These are two complications that have never come together before, Oris said.
Watchmakers Paul Cattin and Georges Christian founded Oris in the Swiss town of Hölstein in 1904, naming their new watch company after a nearby stream.
Over the years, the company has changed ownership, and direction, a number of times. It once was led by Jacques-David LeCoultre, the watchmaker who later would join with Edmond Jaeger to form Jaeger-LeCoultre, and even was part of the Swatch Group at one point, making quartz watches.
Oris has been independent again since 1982 and is still led by the same people who initiated the buy-out from Swatch Group, Rolf Portmann and Ulrich W. Herzog.
It is one of the few Swiss watch companies that makes only mechanical watches, though from the early 1980s up until this year the company was designing and developing modules in house but outsourcing the assembly to third parties like ETA and, later, Sellita.
The Calibre 110 is the first movement fully developed in-house by the brand in more than three decades and took 10 years to create.