Following the Caliber 110, launched for its 110th anniversary, Oris has introduced Caliber 111, a limited, mostly hand-made movement that debuted in a model with the same name. We put it to our test.
| Following the Caliber 110, launched for its 110th anniversary, Oris has introduced Caliber 111, a limited, mostly hand-made movement that debuted in a model with the same name.
— Oris launched in-house Caliber 110, the first movement of its kind in 35 years, to mark its 110-year anniversary. It was followed by the limited, mostly hand-made movement, Caliber 111, which debuted in a model with the same name. e mass-produced movement has the same distinguished frame as the earlier caliber, which now also powers Oris’s pilots’ watch – the Big Crown Propilot.
e Caliber 111’s simple, completely polished stainless-steel case fits nicely on the wrist despite its larger size. e mid-section of the case flows gently into widely spaced, downward sloping lugs, ensuring comfort. e slope is gradual and from the side looks like the broad span of an arched bridge.
Fixed into the lugs is a high-quality anthracite-colored alligator strap with a single-sided folding clasp. e loose strap end is fastened with double pins, making it twice as secure. e lateral buttons used to open the clasp offer additional comfort.
e silvery gray dial goes well with the anthracite color of the strap, or vice-versa, depending on your point of view. Its sunburst finish results in an interesting play with the light, but sometimes causes reflection due to the shiny applied markers and hands. is is forgivable in view of the overall aesthetic, and also perhaps because both primary hands glow very faintly in the dark. However, the luminous inlays on the hands are virtually indistinguishable because of their similarity in length.
The small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock makes its rounds, with a single disruption by the date window – a new addition to the Caliber 111. e power reserve is displayed on the other side of the dial at 3 o’clock, in a 240-degree segment with a much larger radius. is now patented feature was already a part of Caliber 110. Upon closer inspection you can see that the distances between the individual days increase in size as the power reserve is depleted. is means that the hand moves from “10” (or fully wound) to zero at differing rates of speed. is has the effect of being able to read the critical area of the power reserve – when there are about four days remaining – in a more detailed way, indicating the increasing need to wind the watch (assuming it is not wound regularly and/or on a daily basis).