For many years, ORIS has been a devoted brand to offering luxurious and high quality mechanical watches at an affordable price! Traditionally, this meant purchasing movements from other suppliers, but while this is still the case for the time being, ORIS announced that “the Caliber 400 is the new standard”.
The goal is that Caliber 400 will become ORIS’ normal movement, with all the advantages that entails. The Caliber 400 took five years to develop, offering a ten-year warranty to consumers who register at MyOris. In addition, on Calibre 400 watches, Oris is recommending 10-year service intervals.
This means that, apart from damages caused by accidents or water resistance tests, a Calibre 400 watch shouldn’t need service until 2030 at the earliest!
Hours, minutes, and seconds are shown on the Caliber 400’s centrally positioned hands. It has a date function, with a date window at 3 or 6 o’clock that ORIS usually positions. The date changes instantly and is a quick-set date movement, allowing you to quickly change the date.
Oris’ developers realised that we don’t all wear the same watch every day when they designed Calibre 400. When you set a traditional mechanical watch down for a day or two, the power reserve will run out and the watch will stop working. This issue was “fixed” by utilising twin barrels, each of which contains an enlarged mainspring capable of storing two-and-a-half days’ worth of power. It’s more precise than a chronometer, with accuracy of -3/+5 seconds per day.
One of Oris’ main goals with the Calibre 400 was to prevent problems from occurring. One of the most common problems with autonomous mechanical movements, according to Oris’ engineers, is the ball-bearing system that allows the free-spinning oscillating weight (or rotor) to rotate – this is where all the power is generated which is stored in the mainspring, located in the barrel and is a crucial component of an automatic watch.
As a result, Oris replaced the ball connected with a low-friction slide bearing system, in which a metal stud runs through a greased sleeve. This is substantially less complicated, extremely efficient, and involves significantly less wear and tear, making it unlikely to fail.
The majority of Swiss watch movements become less accurate when exposed to strong magnetic forces we encounter in everyday life, or they may stop working completely. Calibre 400 was designed with more than 30 non-ferrous and anti-magnetic components, including a silicon escape wheel and a silicon anchor, to make it highly antimagnetic.
During some tests that exposed the Calibre 400 to 2,250 gauss, the movement deviated by less than 10 seconds a day after the exposure.
To put things in perspective, the latest version of the ISO 764 standard for anti-magnetic watches requires that a watch must be accurate to within 30 seconds per day after being exposed to 200 gauss.
The Calibre 400 movement reported one third the deviation allowed after exposure to more than 11 times the force permitted, which makes it highly anti-magnetic.
For more information on Oris watches, or any other collections, visit the Onnik Time Center website, or contact us directly at 24 654506. Alternatively you can visit our shop in Larnaca at 50 Zinonos Kitieos Street.