Oris have just announced a new Big Crown model with a hand wound calibre that matches the USP of the Calibre 400 auto models: COSC level accuracy, 120 hours power reserve and 10y service intervals. There’s a power indicator on the back of a nice if utilitarian-looking movement and the general cost to quality ratio makes this hard to argue with from a value prop perspective.
However… I find that all the things that charmed me about the ‘old’ Big Crown models - coin edge bezel, cathedral hands, characterful Arabic numerals, crescent-shaped pointer - are now gone and the new design leaves me pretty cold, even the dial colours feel washed out and the legibility on this model feels like it would be an issue.
So: really impressive technical innovation and general directional improvement (38mm is where I want this - 40mm felt too big to me) but all the aesthetic design changes aren’t working for me. What’s the hot take, Crunchers? Yay or nay on the new Big Crowns?
Watch obsessive who believes smaller and cleaner trumps bigger and flashier. Much first hand love for Tudor, Grand Seiko, Longines, Oris, Hamilton, etc. while pining from afar for Rolex, Patek, VC, et...