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In addition to a brand new Divers Sixty-Five with a Calibre 400 movement, Geneva Watch Days 2022 sees Oris announce a colourful new take on their classic Aquis.
The Aquis, in case you’re unaware, is Oris’ take on a technical diver. Though for this trio, technicolour might be a more apt description. These three 36.5mm watches continue the brand’s exploration of colour with green, blue and pink dials. We’ve seen similar hues before, on the cotton candy Divers SixtyFive models, and, more recently, on the new Propilot X line. But what’s noteworthy here isn’t the colour, but rather the material. These dials are made of mother-of-pearl, and the effect is stunning.
As far as dial materials go, Mother-of-pearl (or MOP to its friends) doesn’t get the credit it deserves. The material isn’t too hard to work with, looks great with colours (as you can see), and has a variable sheen and shimmer that only comes with organic material. When it’s used well — as it is here — MOP offers much of the allure of semi-precious or hardstone dials, but without the premium. Honestly, while the size and dials suggest that these watches will be aimed primarily at women’s wrists, I think the same dials in a larger case would have some traction. After all, the American NY Harbor Limited Edition proved that mother-of-pearl is a material that shouldn’t be pigeonholed. By the way, I also really like that Oris opted for the plain steel bezel to let that dial sing even more.
Movement: Oris 733, automatic, 38 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: Stainless steel, 36.5mm, water-resistant to 300M
Dial: Blush Pink, Aegean Blue or Seafoam Green mother-of-pearl dial
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Price: CHF 2200