March 19, 2013

Basel 2013 ORIS Calobra Limited Edition Review

Basel 2013 ORIS Calobra Limited Edition
Pre-Basel 2013 ORIS Calobra Limited Edition
  Oris has been releasing some really nice new designs the last few years. W&R was never a huge fan of some of their designs going back a few years. Fast forward to Baselworld 2013, the Colobra is another good looker from Oris. Keeping with what seems to be every watch brands theme for 2013, Calobra has a black dial, with plenty of red accents. This color combination is running rampant this year, but no denying it looks killer. Oris is using a modified Sellita SW500 automatic movement, which is very similar to the very popular Valjoux 7750 automatic movment. The caseback is has been skeletonized, using sapphire crystal for a nice viewing of the movement. This is a limited edition offering from Oris, with 1,000 pieces being made in total. A thousand does not seem so limited, 500 sounds better...that is conversation for another day.
Press Release:
  To celebrate the new edition of the “Oris Rallye Clásico Isla Mallorca”, the Swiss watchmaker presents the Calobra limited edition. A chronograph with a strongly evocative automobile touch. The steel case is equipped with a bidirectional ceramic rotating bezel with a rubber-coated edge to ensure an optimal grip. The silver-toned inner bezel ring, engraved with a tachometric scale, is directly fixed to the case. The original matte black dial inspired by dashboard counters features a linear small seconds display at 9 o’clock. The back of this limited edition bears an exclusive engraving depicting the famous “tie knot” symbolises the diabolical hairpin curves of the Calobra rally route. The perforated black and red leather strap resolutely evokes the world of classical cars that line up for the rally. 1,000-piece limited edition.

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 44mm
Strap: Perforated black & red leather
Lug Width: 22mm (unconfirmed at this point)
Crystal: Sapphire front and back
Bezel: Bidirectional
Movement: Orris Calibre 774 (Sellita SW500)
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water Resistant: 100M

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