Born in 1904
Origin Switzerland
Prices from £650
Famous for  For its signature red rotor

Oris has been producing watches from the village of Hölstein in the Jura Mountains, Switzerland, continuously since 1904. Purely mechanical, marked by their distinctive designs and fired by the signature red rotor which is the symbol of Oris mechanicals. It is one of the few Swiss watch companies to remain independent and run by its owners.

Founded by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian, two watchmakers who hailed from the Swiss Jura region, the company began with 24 workmen. Just six years later, Oris was employing more than 300 workers, becoming the largest employer in the area. By the 1920s, Oris began to add simple bracelets to its pocket watches, creating the first wristwatches, and the designs very quickly found popularity internationally, first in England and then South America.

In the 1980’s, Oris adopted the slogan, ‘the passage of time can be witnessed in so many different ways’, and a series of exciting new product innovations were launched such as the cal. 581 complication with moonphase display, date and a second timezone – a movement which is still highly prized in its current collections.

In 1996, Oris took up its first sponsorship deal, choosing to support the London Jazz Festival. An important bond was created with the jazz movement, one that remains today. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker are commemorated every year in exclusive Oris launches. Oris watches also has strong ties to the sporting world – as a partner to the BMW Williams Formula One team and to world record-holding free diver Carlos Coste.

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