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When each second counts

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Oris reserved several novelties for Baselworld this year once again. One of the watches caught my attention, because during my time spent in Australia, I often felt what vast distances there are in the country, with many remote locations. The Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition pays homage to the doctors who reach Australia’s far-off places via airplane in order to provide medical care. They started their operation at the end of the 1920s, and ever since have operated a fleet of 61 aircrafts to provide medicine and equipment to over 14,000 Australian clinics. One of the key properties of the watch is the orange pulsation scale, which helps the doctor read the patient’s pulse. A double domed sapphire crystal case with anti-reflective coating guarantees the impact-resistance and the increased readability of the dial. A screw-in crown at 4 o’clock is responsible for setting the time, the other screw-in crown operates the inside turning dial ring for the second time zone. This crown is embellished with the silhouette of the Australian continent. The inside turning dial ring shows time zone changes of just half an hour, as it occurs in Australia. The limited-edition watch is presented in a gift box with a leather business card holder including the local emergency numbers.

The new version of the ‘Der Meistertaucher’ can be used even on the Australian Great Barrier Reef or in any other diving paradise across the world. It has a special Regulateur movement with focus on the centralized minute hand. This function is essential to divers, who depend on a clear view of the minute hand at all times. The dial of the new Aquis Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ is clearly visible and clean, the Super-LumiNova® indicators are easy to read even in poor visibility conditions underwater.

The Oris Aquis Depth Gauge is the first diving watch that measures depth by allowing water to enter the timepiece, with the aid of a patented mechanism. There is a hole at 12 o’clock, which leads to a channel that runs around the dial. The channel is scaled anti-clockwise. Due to the underwater pressure difference, the water enters the channel. The edge in light grey and dark grey between water and compressed air indicates the depth – to be read on the yellow depth scale.

After air and sea we return to dry land, to Calobra, Spain to be exact. The village of Calobra is famous for its canyon, the beautiful view of the sea and its frighteningly winding mountain roads, which put both cyclists and motorists to the test. The ‘Rally Clásico Isla Mallorca’ has been organized in this region since 2005. The rally that was held in mid-March this year runs over 400km of such treacherous mountain roads. The Oris Calobra Limited Edition is a watch dedicated to the race, the reverse features an engraving depicting one of the famous and feared road bends of the canyon: the ‘Nus de sa Corbata’. The black leather strap is adorned with red holes, in harmony with the black and red appearance of the watch’s dial. The dial features a special second display at 9 o’clock showcasing a dashboard-like design. It also has motorsport inspired red and black hands, used for the Chronograph function.


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