New Oris ProPilot X

Oris just released a radical new addition to its growing line of in-house powered watches. Oris has been constantly at work refining the Calibre 110, the first in-house movement the Swiss company had developed in 35 years. Today we take a brief look at the newest incarnation of the 110, the 115.

As the years have passed we’ve seen a number of new in-house movements from Oris, but they have all been based on the original Cal. 110. Each of these subsequent versions focused on adding complications to the fairly simple original, which only had a power reserve and seconds subdial.

The new model, however, is the first time the movement has gone back to basics. The placement of the seconds subdial is a bit different and seems to come from the Cal. 112 version. Instead of adding to the Cal. 110, the 115 focuses on taking things away.

In other words, the 115 is, more or less, a skeletonized 110. Instead of the incredibly elaborate skeletonization you might find on a Vacheron, Oris wanted a much more utilitarian approach, an aesthetic that is carried through to the case and bracelet. Oris says that they created the Cal. 115 not to astonish wearers with Oris’ watchmaking prowess, but rather, to reconnect people to how mechanical watches work.

Most notably, you can peer inside the watch to see the absolutely enormous mainspring, good for a 240-hour power reserve. This feature absolutely dominates the movement, particularly from the back of the watch, as it takes up probably 40% of the total surface area.

The watch’s design is consistent, with the same approach to movement aesthetics applied to the case and bracelet. Namely, it’s aggressive, utilitarian, and angular. It is, in essence, a tool watch skeleton, if such a thing can be said to exist.

I think the best part of the watch isn’t the skeletonization, but the case and bracelet. At 44mm, the case is very large, perhaps even too large, but the dark gray titanium and angular facets reminds me a lot of something like the F-117 Nighthawk.

At $7,600 on bracelet ($7,200 on strap) the ProPilot X is definitely on the high-end of Oris’ product range. For that you get skeletonization, a titanium case, and a very unique in-house movement with an extremely long power reserve. It may not be quite the price point we’re used to from Oris, but I suspect it’s part of the brand’s continued efforts to step out and announce that it can compete on features, not just value for money. For hardcore Oris fans or for the ultra-niche audience that’s looking for skeletonized pilot watches, it is an offering that pretty much stands alone.

You can pre-order the Oris ProPilot X on bracelet here

and the ProPilot X on strap here.

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