Oris Unveils The Big Crown Pilot’s Hölstein Edition 2021

Oris Unveils The Big Crown Pointer-Date Hölstein Edition 2021

Made to celebrate 117 years of Oris, the latest Big Crown Hölstein Edition draws inspiration from nearly a century of continuous production.

By Josh Shanks
Editor-in-Chief

Last year, Oris released the first of its Hölstein editions. These limited edition timepieces were made to commemorate the birthday of the Hölstein, Switzerland-based watchmaker. The design was based on a simple premise: "To make people smile."

For the inaugural Hölstein Edition, the brand introduced an all-bronze chronograph with Oris Bear on the caseback, the first of its kind to feature a bronze case, bezel, and unique full bronze bracelet. Today, the brand is releasing its second Hölstein Edition, this time in a Big Crown case.
 

First introduced in 1938, the Oris Big Crown model was originally made for pilots and airmen. And its oversized crown proved extremely usable during wartime missions. Oris and the now legendary Big Crown survived a World War, the Cold War, countless economic crises, and now, even a pandemic.

Today, the Big Crown is one of Oris’ most popular models. It is a watch that Watchonista has covered on countless occasions. Moreover, it has been produced in a variety of case materials, dial colors, and unique caseback treatments.
 

So, it is only natural that Oris would choose the Big Crown platform to base its new Hölstein Edition. This robust tool watch is a fan-favorite, and as we know, Oris is all about the fans. That is why one of the signature hallmarks of the brand's Hölstein Editions is the inclusion of the brand's now-famous Oris Bear.

Introducing the Oris Hölstein Edition 2021

For 2021, Oris is releasing the Hölstein Edition 2021, a Big Crown Pilot's watch measuring 38mm and encased in stainless steel. Inspired by the brand's pre-war models, this monochromatic model takes its design cues from Big Crowns of the past while thoughtfully updating its technical tech for 2021.

The watch features the brand's pointer date complication, and the minimalistic dial layout plays with pops of color on the pointer date hand and the sub-seconds indication at six o'clock. Plus, the printed Super-LumiNova hour markers are reminiscent of Pilot's watches of yesteryear.
 

Notably, Oris is bringing its Calibre 400 movement to the Big Crown collection for the first time. The Hölstein Edition 2021 is fitted with the new Calibre 403 movement, which features sub-seconds and the pointer date complication. This feat of engineering boasts 120 hours of power reserve, a ten-year warranty, and ten-year service intervals.
 

Accurate to -3/+5 seconds a day, which is well within COSC ratings, the Calibre 403 is anti-magnetic and a point of pride for the watchmakers at Oris. The brand's Co-CEO, Rolf Studer, says of this achievement, “Calibre 403 is the modern retelling of our signature complication. It’s an exciting moment for us.”
 

A Watch Designed to Make People Smile

One of the hallmark features on the first Hölstein Edition was an Oris Bear emblemized on the caseback. Oris continues this tradition with the new Hölstein Edition 2021.

“During the first wave of the pandemic, the Oris Bear was the star of our Local Heroes Campaign. It brought our message across and showed empathy and cheerfulness when there was little to be cheerful about. Today, we're using it more and more to show that what we do comes from the heart. It also shows that we take watchmaking seriously, but not ourselves,” said Studer in a press release.
 

Not taking themselves seriously is an understatement for Oris. The brand prides itself on its fierce independence while staying true to a down-to-earth spirit. As I have said before, Oris is the watch brand that you can have a beer with. And community is at the heart of everything Oris does, which is why the new Hölstein Edition is limited to just 250 pieces meant for the devoted Oris faithful.

Pricing & Availability

Starting today, the Oris Hölstein Edition 2021 is available via the brand’s website and your nearest Oris retailer. The watch is limited to 250 pieces and is priced at $3,900.

(Images © Oris)

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