Dubai Watch Week 2023: Oris unveils colourful new ProPilot X, and monotone Divers Sixty-Five

The ProPilot X Calibre 400 Laser boasts an iridescent dial, while the Divers Sixty-Five Date, Cotton Candy Sepia goes the other way in a bronze case and black dial
Amongst the flurry of new releases that are marking Dubai Watch Week’s 2023 edition are Oris’s two, diametrically opposite timepieces. The first of these is the ProPilot X Calibre 400 Laser with a striking, iridescent dial crafted with a first-in-the-industry technology, while the second is the Divers Sixty-Five Date, Cotton Candy Sepia, which boasts a black dial and bronze case. Let’s dive into both. 

Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 Laser 
Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 Laser

The ProPilot X Calibre 400 line was launched in 2022, and the latest timepiece joining it is the 39mm titanium Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 Laser, whose titanium dial, as the name suggests has been crafted with laser. While laser may typically be used for engraving, in this Oris timepiece, it has given rise to a shimmering range of colours without the actual use of any pigment. A spectrum of blue, purple, green and violet, the dial changes colour as the wrist moves and light hits it at different angles. Based on the principle of biomimicry and a phenomenon called optical interference, the specific colours come alive thanks to red light waves being destroyed, while only the blue and green waves are reflected – Oris achieved this thanks to a new form of surface treatment on the dial..By playing with these parameters and adding the shimmering effect, one gets the different colours. 

The iridescent dial of the Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 Laser

A collaboration between Oris, and a research lab affiliated to ETH Zürich, the project was spearheaded by Richard ‘Ipy’ Siegrist (see next page) from the brand’s engineering department – Siegrist was previously at the helm of the 3D-printed carbon fibre composite seen in the Coulson Limited Edition and the ProPilot Altimeter. 

Lasering has more of a role to play in the timepiece. The logo, indexes, minutes track and dial text, has been crafted using another laser process that creates a three-dimensional effect, which makes it look like these elements have been applied. The hands are filled with black Super-LumiNova®, with a dial topped with sapphire crystal. The watch, however, is without a date function, allowing for the alluring colours to be enjoyed in entirety and The bezel and crown, and a three-link bracelet, are also crafted in titanium, and beating inside is the automatic Oris Calibre 400, with a five-day power reserve, backed by a 10-year warranty. The watch has a water resistance of 100 meters.

Divers Sixty-Five Date, Cotton Candy Sepia
Divers Sixty-Five Date, Cotton Candy Sepia

The Divers Sixty-Five Cotton Candy range is most synonymous with pastel shades, but for Dubai Watch Week 2023, Oris has created a black dial version ensconced inside a warm tobacco-hued bronze case and bracelet. Accompanied by a black rubber strap option, the 38mm watch has a uni-directional rotating bezel, and a water resistance of 100 metres. 

The watch also comes with a black rubber strap

The tobacco hue extends to the dial as well, with the golden-edged hands and hour markers filled with off-white lume that glows green. Even the Oris logo is in a rusty bronze colour. A date window rests at 6 o’clock. The stainless steel caseback is engraved with the Oris crest, and the watch is powered by the Oris 733, which has a Sellita SW 200-1 base.

Images: Courtesy Oris