BRONZE, THE SYMBOL OF TIME
Two guardians of time, one who observes it and the other who measures it, fraternize to imagine a new watch produced in limited edition and whose warm gingery case is fashioned in bronze.
Recently, Oris has adopted bronze in two of its emblematic collections, Divers Sixty-Five and Big Crown, ranges populated by modern models inspired by the Swiss brand’s heritage. The latter, in fact, takes up the codes established by its first watch for aviators, unveiled in 1938 and produced without interruption until the present day. It has been chosen to symbolize the partnership with the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) through the Big Crown Pointer Date Father Time Limited Edition. Part of its name comes from the cast-iron Father Time weathervane overlooking Lord’s, the MCC’s London stadium, depicting the silhouette of an old man observing the passage of time. As the work was donated to the club in 1926, the Hölstein watchmaker used this figure to set the availability of its new model at 1,926 pieces.
Punctuated by a fine bezel and screw-down crown, both covered with fluting, the bronze case measures 40mm in diameter and features Father Time engraved in relief on its steel back. The case houses the Oris caliber 754, a 4hz movement with automatic winding by bidirectional oscillating weight, based on a Sellita SW 200-1 and providing a 38-hour power reserve.
The white dial, protected by a domed sapphire crystal, hosts a quartet of golden hands: two cathedral-style luminescent hands point to the large Arabic numerals and hour-markers on the black railway track to indicate the hours and minutes, a baton-shaped one displays the seconds, while the last, ending in a fleshy, red-varnished three-pointed star, highlights the current date. The Big Crown Pointer Date Father Time Limited Edition is worn with a choice of a bronze link bracelet with folding clasp or two strands of café au lait-colored Cervo Volante deer leather, both of which are supplied as standard.