For the first time, Oris turned to the development of the best-selling Aquis series to commemorate a unique annual tradition: to create 250 special edition watches to celebrate the Oris story.
love of watches
If you have followed Oris over the years, you will know that the company was registered on June 1, 1904. More importantly, on June 1 every year, a limited edition of 250 watches will be released, named after Hölstein, a beautiful town in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland, also known as Oris. It has been 119 years since the birthplace of China.
This year’s 2023 edition of the Holstein watch continues this proud tradition. Inspired by the brand’s best-selling Aquis diving watch, it injects new design elements into this popular series. It is limited to 250 pieces worldwide on a first-come, first-served basis.
Although the particularity of this watch is unquestionable, what is more critical is the spirit behind it.
Since its founding in 1904, Oris’ philosophy has been to manufacture high-quality watches that combine beauty, craftsmanship, practicality, and value. This spirit lives on more than a century later in Holstein’s 2023 limited edition watch. Now, mechanical watches can also combine the industrial technology and romanticism of traditional timepieces to create affordable looks for all hardworking people.
For 119 years, adhering to the founder’s vision, Oris has manufactured beautiful timepieces with practical functions and reasonable prices. Some people think that mechanical watches are no longer needed in this era. If you only consider the functionality of timing, there are many alternatives, but an automatic watch is an exquisite handicraft, and beautiful things can always bring endless joy. Many people strive for a better life and usually appreciate a balance of quality and value. Oris hopes to bring joy to people. In the process, it also passes on its independent spirit and personality to consumers with the same pursuit.
another way of thinking
Introducing the Holstein Limited Edition 2023, the first Aquis without a calendar, with a purple dial.
Since 1904, things have changed, but the enthusiasm for mechanical watchmaking has led Oris for over a century. Holstein shaped Oris to become a brand with an independent spirit and go it’s way.
Oris adheres to the brand concept passed down from generation to generation and does what it thinks is right. The birth of the Holstein limited edition watches celebrates the continuation of the independent spirit and pays tribute to all fans who love Oris and mechanical timepieces. The first three versions are slightly “off the beaten track,” but they show the most exciting and independent side of the brand’s personality.
This year, the fourth edition of the Holstein watch continues to shine. This is the first watch based on the brand’s evergreen model-Aquis diving series, but it has a hidden secret.
Glance: Is it violets?
Next is the movement. The watch is powered by the Oris400 self-winding movement, a five-day chain self-winding movement developed by the brand. With excellent antimagnetic properties, chronometer precision (-3/+5 seconds per day), 10-year service intervals, and warranty. So here comes the problem: there is no calendar window! This is the first-ever “undated” Aquis design.
Then there’s the case back, engraved with the limited edition number and embossed with Howe Bear, wearing a wetsuit. Why? Because it’s fun, let the adorable Howe Bear bring a smile to your face. This is still a high-performance diver’s watch water-resistant to 300 meters.
The Holstein limited edition should always be a unique existence, a rare treasure, and an occasional birthday gift. What connects the brand from its origins to enthusiasts all over the world is joy. Therefore, Oris did a maverick thing.
“This is the first-ever ‘undated’ Aquis design, in response to the clamor of fans.”
power to the people
The Holstein Limited Edition 2023 is powered by the Oris 400 in-house movement, a high-quality automatic movement with three performance promises.
The Oris 400 self-caliber has more than 30 antimagnetic components, exceeding the specifications of the ISO 764 enhanced antimagnetic standard.
Five-day dynamic reserve
The watch equipped with the Oris 400 self-caliber has a power reserve of up to 5 days. Even if it is idle on Thursday, it still keeps an average time when worn every other Tuesday.
Dare to promise a 10-year warranty for all watches equipped with this movement, practical after registration in MyOris. Oris also recommends that users maintain their eyes every ten years.
Magic Purple and Diving Bear. Oris brand co-CEO Rolf Studer said that watches are designed to have fun.
The most important thing about making this characteristic collection is that they are related to Oris’ birthday – the company was founded on June 1, 1904. This place defines who Oris is, a gift to Oris itself and its fans. Watches should not be exclusive to boutiques – people worldwide can buy them through their official retailers, striving to provide Oris lovers with a better experience.
Holstein limited edition watches have a tradition of telling the Oris story. For example, they are the only creations featuring the Oris bear. You could say that the Holstein edition is the most accessible to the heart of a genuine Oris, despite only making 250 of it.
“Oris takes the watchmaking industry seriously. Swiss-made mechanical watches can also be a relaxed and happy thing, which inspires everyone.”
Call it a concept: But this year’s Holstein Limited Edition is a steel-belted Aquis that feels more like a regular operation. And it is a prudent decision!
The first three generations of Hölstein versions are all well-deserved concept swiss models, especially the all-steel watch that returned to 1990 last year. As it recalls a particular chapter in history, this watch revives the iconic Full Steel collection, capturing the essence of the 90s and the groundbreaking 690 mechanical movements. In contrast, the 2023 Holstein version looks more spartan, but the concept of this watch is entirely from the sincere appeal of Oris fans.
Oris is fortunate to have a very active global community. You can see this in the interactions on social networks, such as the thriving Oris watch family. Oris has more than 30 branches worldwide, each run by a local Oris fan. They talk to brands and share their thoughts on watches and brand collaborations. They also ask great questions. Why doesn’t Oris make an Aquis with no date? When will the clock with the purple dial come out? These have inspired Holstein’s 2023 edition; purple air will come from the east once it works.
Concept models or unique designs often hint at future directions. The limited edition Holstein does not indicate future movements for the brand, although our Oris 403 in-house movement debuted in the 2021 edition. But it’s mostly a celebration meant to bring joy, make people smile, and give back to Oris fans. As for Aquis without a calendar? No such idea at the moment. Just like Oris has not released a regular series of Full Steel all-steel best replica watches.
Oris is committed to creating relaxation because there are already too many heavy topics in the world, and it hopes to give people a moment of happiness on a busy day. A Swiss-made mechanical watch can also be a relaxing and enjoyable affair. The Holstein series watches are also a positive symbol of inclusiveness. Instead of creating negative emotions like jealousy, build positive emotions, focus on what we have, and share the good times with others instead of keeping a straight face all the time. Oris takes watchmaking seriously, takes pride in making great things people love, travels light but inspires, has fun, and enjoys life; that’s Oris, Holstoy Due to the 2023 edition.
Stainless steel case with unidirectional rotating gray ceramic bezel.
Purple luminous material Hands and scales coated with Super-LumiNova bright material
Domed sapphire on both sides, anti-glare coating on the inside
Screw-down case back in stainless steel, engraved with the limited edition number and Howard Bear
Stainless steel screw-down safety crown
Oris 400 in-house movement
Central hours, minutes, seconds, instantaneous calendar, stop seconds.
-3/+5 seconds per day (within COSC tolerance)
Excellent antimagnetic performance
Go to oris.ch to become a MyOris member and register your watch to receive a 10-year warranty, which also applies to the movement. Maintenance is recommended every ten years.
250 pieces, packed in a special wooden watch box
Suggested retail price
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