One of my favorite watches from Baselworld last year was the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date with the blue dial, and Oris has expanded the Pointer Date line with a handsome new red dial option. Sticking with a winning format, the formula from last year is largely unchanged but would you look at that dial!
Offered on a steel bracelet or a brown deerskin strap that is tanned without the use of chemicals or processes that harm the environment, the red Pointer Date is 40mm wide with a steel case, a domed sapphire crystal, a display case back, and a nicely oversized crown.*The movement is an Oris-customized SW 200 from Sellita that offers automatic winding, a rate of 4 Hz, that pointer date function, and a power reserve of 38 hours.*
The overall design is traditional, with cathedral hands, central seconds, and a red-tipped date hand that indicates the date on a measure at the dial's edge. It's a romantic design and complication and, to my eyes, the Pointer Date is best with a bold use of color. While Oris was an early player in the green-dial trend, the red is punchy but not bright and the effect is entirely distinctive within the Pointer Date line up.*
While I am generally a fan of a good leather strap, of which this deerskin option certainly qualifies, the steel bracelet is a really strong paring with the moody tone of the red dial and the steel finish of the hands. With a gentle taper, a simple folding clasp, and the proven versatility of a jubilee-style bracelet, this red Pointer Date manages to make an everyday watch feel rather special on wrist.*
Priced from $1,600 on the leather and $1,800 with the bracelet, the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date makes the most of a new color and a strong case for a possible trend towards more red dial watches.*
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