The Big Crown ProPilot Alarm Limited Edition
May 31, 2018
The new Oris Big Crown ProPilot Alarm Limited Edition breathes new life into a complication that forms a rich part of Oris’s heritage – the mechanical alarmThe stories of Oris and aviation are closely linked. Oris was founded in 1904 at the dawn of aviation, and made its first pilot’s pocket watch in the early 1910s. That was followed by the company’s first pilot’s wristwatch in 1917, a watch that featured an ingenious mechanism that meant the watch could only be adjusted when a button was pressed at 2 o’clock. The same spirit of invention inspired the Oris Big Crown, which debuted in 1938. Its oversized crown meant gloved airmen could adjust their watches quickly and easily. Today, Oris’s pilot’s watch collection is full of innovative watches that are trusted by pilots all over the world.
The Big Crown ProPilot Alarm Limited Edition is the latest expression of Oris’s pilot’s watch tradition. The watch has two distinctive features. The first is its alarm, indicated by a central pointer hand with a bright yellow tip. The alarm can be set to the nearest 10 minutes against a scale that runs around the outside of an
The alarm is set via a stainless steel screw-in crown between 3 and 4 o’clock and can be set accurately to the nearest 10 minutes using a scale on the dial. The watch also features a circular date display, shown by a yellow indicatoraperture in the middle of the dial. That aperture houses the watch’s second key feature, a circular date display. Underneath it is a rotating disc with a yellow date marker that makes a full tour of the dial once every 31 days. Both functions are powered by the watch’s Swiss Made automatic movement.
Aesthetically, the Big Crown ProPilot Alarm Limited Edition is based on the familiar design of the Big Crown ProPilot. In this case, the watch has two stainless steel oversized crowns, one to set the time (between 2 and 3 o’clock ) and a second to set the alarm (between 3 and 4 o’clock ). Both crowns are made of stainless steel and screw in to ensure the watch’s water resistance to 10 bar (100 metres).
Otherwise, the watch retains the now instantly recognisable ProPilot look. Its signature bezel motif is inspired by jet engine turbine blades; the classic round stainless steel case and tapered lugs give the watch its stylish gait; and the fundamental dial design elements, such as the straight-edged hour and minute hands and
The case back of the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Alarm Limited Edition features an embossed Oris shield and an engraved limited edition number – only 250 will be madelarge, luminescent Arabic numerals, remain clear and functional.
The watch’s case back is embossed with the Oris shield and engraved with a limited edition number – only 250 pieces will be made, making this a hugely collectible Oris watch. It comes on a dark brown croco leather strap with a stainless steel folding clasp.
The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Alarm Limited Edition is a contemporary expression of the Oris legend that will go down in the company’s history.