Sir Frank Williams is the visionary who turned his British outfit into a championship winning team, and one of the most successful Formula One teams in history. Williams Racing has won 16 FIA Formula 1® World Championships, nine constructors’ and seven for drivers’.
Oris and Williams Racing joined forces in 2003, and Oris is now the team’s longest-serving partner. This year, Williams Racing celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first Grand Prix, at the 1977 Spanish Grand Prix. For the occasion, Oris has created a limited edition version of its iconic Chronoris, also a product of the 1970s, for the Williams 40th Anniversary Oris Limited Edition.
The 40mm stainless steel watch is characterized by its streamlined case shape, an homage to the original Chronoris, and houses an automatic chronograph movement that provides a central seconds’ chronograph hand and 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 12 and 6 o’clock.
Oris’s designers have included a number of touches to denote the link to Williams. The central chronograph seconds hand and minute scale are both in Williams blue, while the case back is embossed with the Williams Racing logo. It comes on a brown leather strap or on a black rubber strap, or an articulated metal bracelet.
When the Chronoris was launched in 1970, it became Oris’s first chronograph, created to appeal to a generation of racing enthusiasts. This year, the design has been re-imagined and upgraded to suit the demands of a contemporary audience. The Williams 40th Anniversary Oris Limited Edition, the hero piece in the new collection, has a sapphire crystal glass, a 48-hour power reserve and 100 meters of water resistance.
The new watch comes in a special leather pouch and includes a grey NATO textile strap, a strap-changing tool and an anti-static watch-cleaning cloth. It will be limited to 1,000 pieces.
‘We’re extremely proud to have been working with Williams Racing since 2003 and to be the team’s longest-serving partner. We created this watch to show the profound admiration we have for Williams Racing and for Sir Frank, who has been an inspiration to us and to many others for years.’ Ulrich W. Herzog, Oris Chairman
‘The Williams 40th Anniversary Oris Limited Edition is a wonderful watch and a vivid interpretation of the Williams Racing spirit…’ Claire Williams, Williams Racing Deputy Team Principal
The watch will retail at CHF 3,500.