Oris announced its collaboration with Wings of Hope, a US-based humanitarian organization that uses aviation to deliver medical aid to remote communities. As part of the brand’s “Change for the Better” program, Oris hopes to raise awareness of Wings of Hope’s work by launching two special models based on the Big Crown Pilot Watch: a 40mm steel model limited to 1,000 pieces and a 38mm yellow gold model limited to 100 pieces. Following the flight path established last year with Big Crown models equipped with the brand’s new proprietary automatic movement, this Big Crown x Wings of Hope ditches the signature coin-edge bezel and ditches some of the vintage elements. What’s more, the signature pointer date function has also been removed, in order to distinguish themselves as special models purposely made to light up Wings of Hope.
Wings of Hope
Founded in 1963, Wings of Hope Provides medical aid to remote and vulnerable communities in more than 50 countries and has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2021, more than 65,000 people benefited from the organization’s medical services. As a non-profit organization, the USD 3.2m annual budget is primarily funded by corporate and private donations, and more importantly, it counts on a workforce of 350 dedicated volunteers. Instead of building field bases with staff around the world, the organization invests in local NGOs so they can serve their people in the future. An example is their work with the Flying Medical Service in Tanzania, where Maasai tribes are visited fortnightly under the wings of aircraft to receive vaccinations and baby check-ups. Much of their work involves transporting patients at no cost to get proper medical care. In keeping with changing technology, the organization is now using drones to deliver anti-venom and other life-saving drugs to local tribes in the Amazon rainforest.
To raise awareness of Wings of Hope’s lifesaving work, Oris is releasing two limited editions of its signature Big Crown Pilot Watch. Launched by the brand in 1938 with an oversized crown to help pilots adjust the time without taking off their gloves, the dial features cathedral hands, large Arabic numerals and an additional central hand with a red tip to indicate the date displayed peripherally. Track (patented by A. Hammerley in 1915). Thanks to the vision of Dr. Rolf Portman, a former lawyer and now honorary chairman of Oris, and his belief that a mechanical pilot’s watch would appeal to future generations, the Big Crown Pilot’s Watch returned in 1984 amid the quartz onslaught and saved the company from extinction.
The all-new Big Crown x Wings of Hope responds to the design of Big Crown’s new models launched in 2021, upgraded with the brand’s powerful Caliber 400. The first Big Crown pointer date equipped with an in-house developed automatic movement (Calibre 403). A Holstein limited edition of 250 pieces, followed by a serial production model launched at Dubai Watch Week.
40mm steel & 38mm yellow gold
The stainless steel iteration for Wings of Hope is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces and comes in a 40mm case. The 38mm model, limited to 100 numbered pieces, is made of solid 18k yellow gold, including the crown and caseback.
The more simple style case reflects the changes introduced in the Holstein edition; The coin-edged bezel is replaced by a flat polished bezel and the lines are tighter and sharper, emphasized with contrasting brushed and polished bevels. Other features that gave ‘standard’ Big Crown models their vintage vibe, such as the cathedral hands and hyper-domed crystal, have been replaced with simpler baton-style hands and a less pronounced guard sapphire crystal. The screw-in safety crown on both models protects the movement from dust and water and ensures 50m water-resistance.
Both models share off-white dials with a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock with a blue track and red hand, a minute track at five-minute intervals, and silver-colored or golden baton hour and minute hands filled with loom. Where they differ is in the color treatment of the Arabic numerals on the dial. The steel model sports green-hued numerals, while gold displays golden numbers, all highlighted with Super-LumiNova.
As part of Oris’ ongoing commitment to sustainable practices, the Wings of Hope models are fitted with Servo Volante deer hide watch straps, complete with an embossed image of the stag beetle (Servo Volante) on the inner lining and the brand’s quick change strap system.
Two years ago, Oris released its Caliber 400, a robust automatic movement with a five-day/120h power reserve, strong anti-magnetic properties and an impressive 10-year warranty. Like the brand’s predecessor, the Caliber 110, it is a proprietary manufacture movement, meaning that while it is entirely developed in-house by COO Beat Fischli and his team, it is produced by a network of suppliers with cutting-edge industrial techniques. . Caliber 401 is an offshoot that provides central hours and minutes with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock and an accuracy of -3/+5 seconds per day (within COSC tolerances). Visible through the sapphire caseback, you can see the large unidirectional openworked rotor with its brushed finishes and sandblasted bridges.
Availability & Price
The yellow gold version of the Wings of Hope Limited Edition is a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces and presented in a special cherry wood box; It will be available and retail in July 2022 CHF 15,500. The 1,000 numbered pieces of the steel version will also come in a special presentation box but won’t be available until October 2022, retailing CHF 3,300.
For more information, please contact Oris.ch.