When we kick-started the Oris Movement Creation Programme in the late 2000s, it revived a part of Oris culture that had been dormant since the Quartz Crisis of the 1970s. Since 1904, Oris had created more than 270 unique calibres. Original, innovative watch movements are part of who we are.
From the outset, the programme brief was clear. Oris movements had to be distinctly Oris. Which meant? Purely mechanical and Swiss Made, with unique functions and performance, and at prices that make sense to today’s world citizen. Our vision remains to create beautiful mechanical watches and original, purpose-driven movements that bring joy to people who love mechanics.
It began in 2014 with Calibre 110, the first of the Calibre 100 Series of hand-wound movements. These beautiful calibres had 10-day power reserves from a single barrel, patented non-linear power reserve indicators, and often additional useful functions, such as a business calendar or a second time zone.
We followed these in 2020 with the Calibre 400 Series, our first in-house developed line of automatics in more than 40 years. These featured five-day power reserves, elevated levels of anti-magnetism, 10-year warranties and 10-year recommended service intervals: The New Standard in Swiss Made automatics.
The response has encouraged us to keep innovating. In the past nine years, we’ve introduced nine highly original, highperformance calibres, installing them in beautifully designed Swiss Made watches.
Oris Movement Creation Programme, we’re proud to announce a new high-performance hand-wound movement: Calibre 473.
Point to the date
Meet the Big Crown Calibre 473, a watch housing a new, highly innovative hand-wound mechanical movement designed from the ground up in-house by Oris watchmakers.
No mistake, this is a special watch. Why? Because it breathes new life into our signature design, the iconic Big Crown Pointer Date, an Oris collection mainstay since 1938. For the first time in decades, it has a hand-wound in-house Oris calibre inside it, Calibre 473. And that’s a magical thing.
The story of Calibre 473 is that it’s built on the same base as the Oris Calibre 403 automatic. So it has hour, minute, small seconds and pointer date hands, and a five-day power reserve, now shown by a 120-hour power reserve indicator on the back of the movement. Calibre 473 took four years to develop and closes a circle for Oris.
Without a rotor, the power reserve indicator is visible through the watch’s sapphire case back. Oris watchmakers designed it to be simple to produce and assemble, and extremely durable, in line with our movement creation philosophy. We’ve filed a patent for it.
As with Calibre 400 Series movements, Calibre 473 also has elevated levels of antimagnetism, and each watch powered by it will come with a 10-year warranty and 10-year recommended service intervals. Pure joy.