At Baselworld this year ORIS will be unveiling Artelier Caliber 113, the fourth in the company’s series of innovative, high-functioning watches in as many years, powered by in-house developed movements. Caliber 113 shares the same base architecture as ORIS Calibers 110, 111 and 112, but features a novel business calendar, showing the day, date, week and month of the year.
Caliber 113 forms part of a story that began more than 110 years ago. ORIS was founded in 1904 with a vision to create the best possible watch in its category, using state-of-the-art industrial watchmaking techniques. By the late 1970s, the company had created 279 calibers in-house and was one of Switzerland’s largest movement manufacturers, producing up to 1.2 million watches and clocks a year.
Over the next three decades, ORIS invested heavily in innovation, developing numerous movement modules that delivered real world complications. In 2014, to mark ORIS’s 110th anniversary, the company launched Caliber 110, the first complete movement developed by ORIS watchmakers for almost 40 years.
Like the three calibers before it, Caliber 113 features a 10-day power reserve, a patented non-linear power reserve indicator and a small-seconds. The addition of a business calendar means that again ORIS is introducing a watch with a unique combination of complications. No other watch in the world brings these functions together.
Behind this new model is ORIS’s newly founded Centre of Excellence, where the company’s most innovative watches and movements will be developed. By establishing this center, ORIS has reclaimed another part of its history, and has put in place the foundations for its future.
Despite its sophistication, the hand-wound Artelier Caliber 113 is designed as a ‘real watch for real people’; a means of bridging the gap by producing watches with in-house movements at relatively affordable prices. Caliber 113 is a 43mm multi-piece stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal glass and case back so the watch’s bold movement design can be seen in all its glory. It has apertures at 12 and 9 o’clock for the day and date indications, while the same central pointer hand shows the week and month. The hand has a red tip that corresponds to a gauge around the outside of the dial.
ORIS has engineered Caliber 113 so that all of these functions, as well as time setting and winding, can be operated through a single crown. Artelier Caliber 113 will retail at CHF 5,900.