Feeling the Need for Speed? Push the Pedal to the Metal in a Free Oris Watch

Oris Renew Partnership Williams Formula1 Team
Oris Renew Partnership Williams Formula1 Team


Feeling the Need for Speed? Push the Pedal to the Metal in a Free Oris. The watch will be on display at Baselworld 2012, where the winner will be presented the watch.

Oris launched a Photo Contest on its Facebook page inviting contestants to share photos wearing an Oris watch dedicated to the world of motor sports. Everyone grab your cameras, cell phones, video cams and get ready, set, snap and go!

Oris wants real people wearing their real watches capturing the spirit of motor sports. The contest has been dedicated to aficionados that are passionate about culture, diving, aviation and motor sports; and what better way and great timing for Oris to launch a contest with the approach of both Baselworld and the FIA Formula World Championship.

Oris definitely has the right formula both on and off the track these days. Its photo contest is perfectly timed with the winning contestant receiving an Oris watch at Baselworld 2012 exhibition in Switzerland, which will commence March 8 to 15; and Oris’ announcement on February 24 that it renewed its partnership with Williams F1 Team (Sir Frank Williams, Team Principal) just prior to the start of the FIA Formula One World Championship. These events are definitely on Oris’ speed circuit of upward mobility. Suffice it to say the heat of competition is in the air and Oris has started its engines and continues to bring the ‘vroom vroom factor’ with its watch collection.





Oris Big Crown Date watch is a member of the Aviation collection. This timepiece takes off and lands on Oris’ runway of refinement. Its features boast clean lines and an almost steel grey metallic appearance leather wrist strap. It does have automatic winding date with date window at 3 o’clock, stainless steel grey PVD plated case and case back. It also has an impressive 38 hour power reserve. This timepiece is arriving on time and is coming in for a landing for all gents into aviator watches.


Oris Maldive Limited Edition


Oris Aquis Maldives Limited Edition watch is a member of the Diving collection. This timepiece plunges into depths of the deep mystic blue ocean. This weathering depths model has titanium case with blue ceramic minutes scale top ring. It has luminous indices and hands (dark orange) and is water resistant up to 30 bars. It is available in a black rubber strap or titanium metal bracelet. It is a limited edition, 2000 pieces, so dive in a get it now before it’s too late.



Oris WilliamsF1 Team Day-Date watch is a member of the Motor Sport Collection. This timepiece was engineered for speed with its 44 mm chassis and its Oris red or Williams blue ‘go-faster’ stripe which makes it necessary to strap-on and strap-in to feel the need for speed trackside fantasy. It has a sporty black PVD plated stainless steel case with flexible lugs. It also sports a dramatic black dial with black rubber strap and black PVD plated stainless steel folding clasp. It’s not a 2012 model, but it does bring the ‘vroom vroom factor’ so strap it on with care.




Oris has been making watches for over 100 years in Switzerland, which are distinctive for their mechanical movement and red rotor. Oris is proud of its timepiece designs and in keeping with its moto Oris is committed to manufacturing “Real Watches for Real People.”



Anyone interested in participating in the Oris photo contest should go to Oris’ Facebook page to enter and submit photos; friends, family and followers can vote on photo submissions. The contest is dedicated to aficionados passionate about culture, diving, aviation and motor sports. Details for the contest are also available on Oris’ Facebook page. The contest launched today, March 1, 2012 and closes on April 6, 2012.

Oris Releases its BC4 Retrograde Day Watch

Enjoy quality and craftsmanship in a stylish watch? Oris has done it again. With their latest release of the Oris BC4 Retrograde Day watch, Oris has shown the world of watchmaking that it’s still in the game.

Oris BC4 Retrograde Day Watch
Dial view of the Oris BC4 Retrograde Day watch

Oris, established in 1904, is a Swiss watchmaking company that has led the watchmaking industry with their precision timepieces. In fact, in 1968, Oris received the Observatoire Astronomique et Chronometrique. This is the award to a company for full chronometer certification which is the top honor in watch accuracy. Quite an accomplishment.

The Oris brand has a couple of distinctions that set it apart from other watches:

  1. All watches are equipped with a trademarked red rotor that represents the “heartbeat” of the watch (visible from the backside window case).
  2. All watches are strictly mechanical and operate without the use of batteries.

While Oris watches come in styles with the theme of aviation, motor sports, diving and culture, the BC4 Retrograde Day falls under the aviation theme. Its housing is a stainless steel BC4 case with a black dial which features a miniature rectangular day display below the middle of the dial. A small white triangle marks the day during the work week and then turns red for Saturday and Sunday positions. It is a rugged, handsome retro watch that comes in either a stitched black leather Gaucho strap or a stainless steel metal-pieced bracelet. The top glass is sapphire that is domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating on the inside. The superluminova numbers are very easy to read and view.

Oris has an impeccable reputation. Just ask any of the celebrities who wear the brand or has a sponsor relationship:

  • Roman Frischknecht (pro diver and Oris ambassador)
  • Carlos Coste (pro diver)
  • Don Vito Wypraechtiger (aerobatic pilot)
  • Nico Rosberg (Formula One racecar driver)
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Meg Ryan

Oris has also maintained a solid connection with the musical world of Jazz. In 1996, it sponsored the London Jazz Festival. Since then, the brand commemorates a jazz artist every year, such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis, in a limited edition watch.

The BC4 Retrograde Day watch simply oozes perfection with its design and precision detail. It is designed to be seen and worn with comfort. Oris has certainly proved its reputation that timeless quality and elegance can be produced in each watch. The Oris BC4 Retrograde Day watch is a timepiece that has a classic quality that will endure.

Oris Honors Carlos Coste with Limited Edition Watch

Back with Carlos Coste's logo
Back with Carlos Coste’s logo

As a record-breaking, award-winning free-diver, Carlos Coste’s world of extremes smoothly melds with Swiss luxury watch brand Oris and its purely mechanical timepieces. As an official partner of the brand, Coste’s image has already been glorified with the production and sales of the Carlos Coste Chronography Limited Edition watch, the perfect model to accompany the professional diver. After Coste went on to set a Guiness world record in 2010 for finishing a 150 meter dive without a breathing apparatus, Oris sought to further honor the Venezuelan with the Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series watch.

Diving 150 meters into the 31 mile long cenote (natural cave network) under Yucatan, Mexico, Coste was only armed with one giant flipper on both feet and a single torch when he set yet another of many world records. In October 2003, Coste had been the first person to ever undergo free immersion (to descend underwater with only a rope) past 100 meters, followed by achievements in Constant Weight and Variable Weight. Not only did the Venezuelan National Sports Institute recognize these accomplishments, but his native country even granted Coste the prestigious Order of José Félix Ribas award by order of the president.

The Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series model particularly stands out in the Oris Diver’s collection, much like Coste does in his field. The model comes in a multi-piece, high grade titanium case and a helium release valve, with a water resistance of 500 meters and an automatically winding chronograph with the ETA 5570 movement. A triangle at the seven and a half minute mark emphasizes Coste’s record for holding his breath, and an automatic helium valve rests at the 9 o’clock position. Adorned with 25 jewels on the 46 mm diameter black dial, the watch exhibits a power reserve of 42 hours and a sapphire top glass.

A “1-10” mark illuminates the minute dial of the chronograph, and yet another triangle can be seen at the two and a half minute mark to represent Coste’s Guinness record. The luminous material on the indices and watch hands are made of Superluminova, which provides maximum visibility under low light. The case back image of this special model continues to revere Coste’s legacy with his personal logo and displays the limitation number as well. The limited edition piece came in a series of only 2000 models and was sold at the price of $4350.

Carlos Coste wearing an Oris watch
Carlos Coste wearing an Oris watch

Oris contest winner receives free trip and timepiece

One winner was chosen from the Oris World Cup promotion with Ski magazine to claim a free weekend trip at the World Cup ski races and a Oris BC3 Advanced Day Date watch.

From a successful turnout of over 5,000 entries, Theresa Joyce was chosen as the winner of the Oris World Cup promotion. Joyce and her husband Paul were treated to a complimentary trip during the first weekend of December 2011 to the Birds of Prey World Cup ski races in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The prize included two nights’ accommodations at the Charter Hotel, weekend lift tickets, VIP access to events such as the Savor the Slopes culinary event featuring top chefs from around the country, cocktails and a chance to socialize with prominent ski industry figures from the U.S. Ski Team. In addition, Joyce received a Oris BC3 Advanced Day Date watch.

Oris BC3 Advanced Day Date Watch
Oris BC3 Advanced Day Date Watch

The sporty timepiece offers a range of features, including a variety of dials, black DLC plated stainless steel case, a sapphire top, automatic movement and choice of black rubber or leather strap.

“Christmas came early and Paul and I could not have been happier,” Joyce said. “We got to see some great racing, have some great food, and spend time with great people. A special thank you to MyOris!”

The Audi Birds of Prey World Cup races features a number of events, including downhill races, live entertainment, film productions, ice skating, autograph signing and more that can be enjoyed by family and friends.

During the Men’s Downhill Race, skilled racers attempt to be the fastest one down the mountain as they pass through a number of control gates. The hills usually average a 750-meter vertical drop, at the least, and racers tend to exceed speeds over 80 mph.

At The Bird’s Nest, a public tent, hungry and thirsty spectators at the races can enjoy the provided food, beverages, beer garden and live music.

Spectators can also meet and mingle with some of the members of the U.S. Ski Team and even score free autographs during the eventful weekend.

The World Cup calendar also features the Women’s Super G, a one-run event similar to that of a downhill race, but with added frequent turns to challenge the most technical of racers.

Following each event, formal awards were handed out to the victors.

In partnership with Ski Magazine, the luxury watch brand Oris provided a chance for the public to score a free Oris timepiece and weekend trip to the races.

Oris Permeates Cinema, Sports and Culture

Oris is a century old Swiss watch company with a bit less notoriety than other major brands. Its extensive history as a watch-maker, however, has proven that there are many reasons to wear an Oris watch.

Firstly, some of the biggest names in Hollywood have been wearing Oris watches over the years. In 2006, Oris was on the wrists of the cast of The Sopranos throughout the season.

The Sopranos
The Sopranos

In 2002, Meg Ryan wore an Oris Big Crown Pointer Date watch for much of the hit movie, Kate and Leopold; and the year before, in Jurassic Park 3, Sam Neill wore an Oris Big Crown BC3. Oris watches can also be seen in the hit movies Random Hearts, and A Time to Kill.

Beyond Hollywood, Oris has made and impact in aviation and diving. Oris is active in supporting new aviation exploits by sponsoring and being inspired by Formula One.

In 2008, Oris was the official partner of the AT&T Williams Formula One team. Oris also partnered with a slew of aviation ambassadors, including Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajim.

In diving Oris has made a partnership with Guinness Book of World Records free diver Carlos Coste in 2006. Each watch in the collection comes with Carlos Coste’s seal of approval.

Carlos Coste
Carlos Coste.

Lastly, Oris is a cultural contributor. Oris has had a strong emotional connection with jazz ever since it sponsored the 1996 London Jazz Festival. Oris tributes some of the biggest names in jazz such as Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong.

Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra.

Oris also has a limited edition watch under the namesake of the legendary Bob Dylan. Clearly it’s a brand worth trying!