Model: Chronoris Grand Prix ’70 Limited Edition (total of 1970 pieces)
Material: stainless steel case, leather strap
Complications: date display, second time zone hand, chronograph timing in one-quarter second increments up to 12 hours
Price: MSRP $4,650 USD
Plenty of photos follow the review. Click on the pictures to enlarge.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I tend to like Oris watches. I have three of them in my collection at the present time and this Chronoris Limited Edition is the standout of the bunch. Oris makes a ‘standard’ Chronoris watch in orange and black that has one major downfall; it does not have a seconds hand for the non-chronograph portion of the watch. This may not bother some people, but for me, and especially for an automatic, a watch needs to have a seconds hand.
The 30-minute totalizer also has an inner white 10-minute countdown ring inside the 30-minute ring, counting down 10 minutes starting at the 15-minute mark and going to the 25-minute mark. According to the Formula 1 web site, the rules state “ten minutes before the start the grid must be cleared except for team technical staff, race officials and drivers. With three minutes to go all cars must have their wheels fitted (any car not complying will receive a 10-second time penalty).” Hence, the reason this function appears on this watch.
Pros: great functionality with multiple complications, super looks, nifty quick-lock crown, reliable Swiss engine, quality strap and deployant clasp
Cons: case shape may not suit everybody’s tastes, dial is rather busy, modest water resistance
Verdict: in most respects, the Chronoris LE is a watch that almost does it all without going over the top in any way. A well-done watch that will definitely get the looks.
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