Oris Hölstein Edition 2020
The Oris Hölstein Edition 2020 celebrates the Swiss brand’s birthplace, Hölstein. This latest bicompax chronograph is housed in a 43mm bronze case and perpetuates the company’s reputation for simultaneously delivering style and value.
Oris was founded in 1904 by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian. From the outset, the firm has always been based in the small village of Hölstein in the canton of Basel-Landschaft. Over the years, Oris owned additional factories in other parts of Switzerland, but always retained a presence in Hölstein. Today, all of its operations are concentrated in the village.
Unusually, Hölstein is located in the German-speaking region of Switzerland whereas most of the country’s watch industry is located in French-speaking areas. This may be one reason why Oris watches have a unique character all of their own.
Over the years, Oris has produced both traditional and contemporary watches, however, one common attribute common is that all the company’s creations represent value for money. While the brand does not pretend to be an exemplar of haute horlogerie, its models do exhibit a discernible quotient of quality.
Now, the brand has produced the Oris Hölstein Edition 2020, celebrating its birthplace. This bi-compax chronograph is housed in a 43mm bronze case and is limited to just 250 pieces.
The brand’s press release
We are extremely proud of our roots. Hölstein is the Oris heartbeat. Our factory has been on the same site in the village since 1904. Today, this is where our watchmakers, engineers and designers create watches. It’s also where our test and quality control centres are, and our distribution centre.
To celebrate the inseparable relationship between Oris and this beautiful Swiss village, we’ve created the Oris Hölstein Edition 2020, a bronze version of the Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph.
It’s inspired by the funky, quirky designs of the 1960s, when Oris made its first diver’s watch and started a tradition that continues today. Its case, bezel, bezel insert, crown and pushers are all cast in solid bronze.
So too is the bracelet, which is made of solid bronze links, each of which will acquire a natural patina as the bronze oxidises. As with the bronze dial on the Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date, this is a first not just for Oris, but also for Swiss watchmaking.
Achieving it wasn’t easy. Bronze is a soft, natural material, and proved insufficiently strong to be used for the pins that hold the links together, or for the folding clasp. These, together with the watch’s case back, are made of high-grade stainless steel.
The case back is embossed with the Oris Bear. In recent years, the bear has become a symbol of the Oris spirit – warm and honest. And it just makes you smile.
The Oris Hölstein Edition 2020 is the first in a series of watches that will pay tribute to this magical village we call home.