DRIV­ING FORCE

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Oris ex­pands its Wil­liams col­lec­tion with a watch named af­ter and ded­i­cated to the team’s driver, Valt­teri Bot­tas

Oris is the Wil­liams F1 team’s long­est stand­ing part­ner, and the two have teamed up for the 14th con­sec­u­tive sea­son this year at the 2016 For­mula One World Cham­pi­onship. To cel­e­brate this col­lab­o­ra­tion, Oris launched the Wil­liams col­lec­tion last year with sporty time­pieces ref­er­enc­ing and ded­i­cated to the team. The brand has fol­lowed up this year with a new model hon­our­ing the team’s driver, Valt­teri Bot­tas.

The Wil­liams Valt­teri Bot­tas Lim­ited Edi­tion is based on the Wil­liams Chronograph Car­bon Fi­bre Ex­treme, and shares the lat­ter’s hy­brid case con­struc­tion. The watch be­gins with a case mid­dle of car­bon fi­bre re­in­forced poly­mer weigh­ing just 7.2g, which is pro­duced by a patented process Oris adapted from F1 man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques. Sheets of wo­ven car­bon fi­bre are first lay­ered in a mould and im­preg­nated with a resin, be­fore the mix­ture is baked un­der five bars of pres­sure at 130 de­grees Cel­sius, twice, to har­den it into the fi­nal prod­uct. The watch’s dial is made of the same ma­te­rial, while its bezel and case back are in Dlc-coated ti­ta­nium in­stead. This com­bi­na­tion of ma­te­ri­als cre­ates a light yet ro­bust watch.

High-tech ma­te­ri­als aside, the Wil­liams Valt­teri Bot­tas Lim­ited Edi­tion also draws links to the sport via its de­sign, be­gin­ning with the use of colour-coded de­tail­ing in blue and white that makes it a cinch to read the time and use the chronograph si­mul­ta­ne­ously. With the tachymeter on the bezel, the user is also able to make quick mea­sure­ments of speed. Ea­gle-eyed ob­servers will no­tice that the chronograph’s minute and hour to­talis­ers re­set to eight o’clock in­stead of 12 o’clock. The sub­tle mod­i­fi­ca­tion is yet an­other nod to mo­tor­ing, and ref­er­ences a car’s dash­board in­stru­ments.

The Wil­liams Valt­teri Bot­tas Lim­ited Edi­tion has a pro­duc­tion run of just 770 num­bered pieces. Each watch’s num­ber is en­graved onto its case back along­side Valt­teri Bot­tas’s name as well as his car num­ber: 77. MOVE­MENT Self-wind­ing Oris Cal­i­bre 674 chronograph move­ment, based on ETA 7750, with 48-hour power re­serve

CASE 44mm in car­bon fi­bre and Dlc-coated ti­ta­nium, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 100m

STRAP Black rub­ber with Dlc-coated ti­ta­nium de­ploy­ant buckle PRICE $6,200

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