Oris is breathing new life into its partnership with Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service, one of the world’s most iconic aeromedical services. Oris first worked with the non-profit organization in 2013, and this year the two come together again in a second limited edition watch, the Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides emergency and primary healthcare services to people living in rural areas of Australia. It operates a fleet of more than 60 aircraft from bases around the country, including the Swiss Pilatus PC-12. It will shortly add long-range Pilatus PC-24 jets to its fleet.
Like the first limited edition watch, the new model features a pulsometer, used to take a patient’s pulse. Oris has upgraded the pulsometer on the new watch, scaling it over 20 heartbeats for even faster readings. The watch’s bi-directional rotating bezel means measurement can start at any time.
The Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II is based on Oris’s legendary Big Crown collection. As pilot’s watch should be reliable and easy to read, the new watch features an oversized 45mm stainless steel case, black dial and clear Super-LumiNova® numerals and hands.
The pulsometer scale is in a contrasting deep orange, not only a color the eye picks up quickly, but also a reference to the earth in Australia’s Outback where much of the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s work takes place. The watch’s bi-rotating bezel can also be used as a timer or a second-time zone.
The watch has a number of touches to reflect the close relationship between Oris and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The organization’s logo appears on the dial ring at 12 o’clock and is also embossed on the case back. The watch is presented in a luxurious wooden presentation case that comes with a medal bearing the logo.
The Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II will be limited to 2,000 pieces and will retail for CHF 1,900 on a leather strap and CHF 2,100 on a stainless-steel bracelet or crocodile leather strap. Oris will also make a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.