Anniversaries are always happy occasions and two famous names in luxury Swiss timepieces will be celebrating the new year by adding new models to their lines.
2015 finds Oris celebrating 110 years of making luxury Swiss watches and the company is doing it in style by releasing the first mechanical movement developed from the ground up by the brand in 35 years, the Limited Edition Calibre 110.
This unique timepiece brings two complications together for the first time: a 10-day power reserve and a patented non-linear power reserve indication located at 3 o’clock which shows the amount of power still remaining. Combining these complications proved a bit challenging for the Oris team but the resulting watch is truly worthy of the effort.
Available in both stainless steel and rose gold versions, the Oris 110 Limited Edition will be made in only 110 pieces for each style. At $5,400 in stainless steel and $14,500 in gold, these are likely to sell out quickly.
Madhursinh Jesrani of authorized Oris distributor Khimji’s Watches gave the new timepiece and its maker a rave review: “In its 110-year history Oris has proved time and again that it is one of the world’s most innovative watch brands. It was the founding partners’ dream to produce high-quality watches at an excellent value for the money, and that spirit continues to inspire and motivate the company today. Oris has always maintained a tradition of developing useful watches with functions that serve a practical benefit for their owners.”
IWC is also celebrating an anniversary this year and like Oris, is doing it by introducing a new watch. The Portuguese watch range from IWC Schaffhausen turns 75 in 2015 and will be joined by a new collection including the brand’s first annual calendar.
There are plenty of new features coming to the Portuguese collection this year like more in-house movements being developed and three new calibre families coming in the future. The first addition is the 52000-calibre family that makes its debut in four models of the new Portuguese 2015 collection. Other new additions are a redesigned annual calendar and perpetual calendar with extra large digital display.
The most exciting news of the year is the introduction of the first annual calendar watch from IWC. The Portuguese Annual Calendar makes it impossible to not know the time with month, date and day appearing in three separate windows at 12 o’clock. The automatic date-switching mechanism can adjust for the differing days in all months except February so manual correction is required once each year.
The handsome IWC Portuguese Annual Calendar timepiece is available in two models: 18-carat red gold or stainless steel. The latter comes with either a silver-plated or midnight blue dial. Each model includes a black strap of Santoni alligator.
The IWC Portuguese Annual Calendar will be officially introduced at next week’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. Prices will be $24,100 for the stainless steel model and $35,700 for the red gold version.