Oris debuts the Big Crown Calibre 473 with a new movement

On the 10th year of Oris Movement Creation Programme, the Swiss watchmaker has introduced a new in-house, high-performance, hand-wound movement, the Calibre 473, with a new power-reserve indicator functionality
The Swiss watchmaker’s story began in 1904 with the advent of unique calibres, and since then Oris had created over 270 calibres that have powered timepieces for decades now. However, during the Quartz Crisis in the 1970s, the Oris culture of creating unique calibres for mechanical watches became dormant, but the Maison brought it back to life in the late 2000s with the Oris Movement Creation Programme. In the nine years since the launch of the programme, Oris has introduced nine unique and original high-performance calibres, starting with Calibre 100 series in 2014 having hand-wound movements and 10-day power reserve, followed by Calibre 400 series in 2020 with 5-day power reserve and anti-magnetism properties. 

Big Crown Calibre 473

The new Big Crown Calibre 473 reintroduces the classic timepiece of 1938, the Big Crown Pointer Date, which has maintained its legacy since then. For the first time in decades, the Big Crown Pointer Date features a new in-house calibre, the handwound Calibre 473, which took four years to develop and has a five-day power reserve. The 38mm stainless steel watch has a blue dial with hour, minute, small seconds at 6 o’clock and a pointer date hand. Super-LumiNova® illuminates the indices, numbers and hands for the wearer to read time in the dark.

Big Crown Calibre 473 with 120-hour power reserve indicator

Coming to the notable feature of the new Oris calibre in Big Crown Calibre 473 is the 120-hour power reserve indicator on the back of the movement, which is visible through the sapphire case back. Ulrich W. Herzo, Chairman of Oris for the past four decades says “it’s hand-wound and has a power reserve indication on its reverse, an indispensable feature for a hand-wound calibre with such a long power reserve. We also designed this indication to be simple to produce and assemble, and to be highly durable, and we’ve filed a patent for it.” The movement gives the accuracy of -3/+5 seconds a day (within COSC tolerances), making it a high-precision mechanical timepiece.

Ulrich W. Herzog, Chairman of Oris

The olive brown strap adds to the elegance of the watch which is crafted from sustainably sourced deer leather produced by Oris’s Swiss partner Cervo Volante. Oris has also produced a stainless steel butterfly folding clasp with a fine adjustment system which allows the wearer to adjust the strap with the expansion and contraction of the wrist with respect to the changing environmental conditions. The watch also offers water resistance up to 5 bars.

Olive brown leather strap with stainless steel butterfly folding clasp

Oris Big Crown Calibre 473 is priced at INR 3,68,156 and is available to buy from January 2023. The Maison also offers 10-year extended warranty with MyOris sign-up which is applicable to the watch and movement, 10-year recommended service intervals with 5-year recommended water-resistance check. 


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