Oris Source of Life Limited Edition: Singapore Price And ReviewWritten by Melissa Kong
A meaningful Oris exclusive.
The famous Rhine may be one of Switzerland’s most majestic rivers to tourists, but to Oris, it’s more than just picture-perfect looks. Not only is it close to Hölstein—home to Oris since 1904—it also counts as one of its tributaries the Orisbach, a river from which the brand derived its name.
At the source of the Rhine is the Lai da Tuma and the inspiration behind Oris’ Source of Life Limited Edition timepiece. The striking blue grey dial colour is based on the hue of the Lai da Tuma’s fresh water, while on the caseback is a map of the River Rhine, which courses 1,233km through six countries. In another nod to Lai da Tuma, the Source of Life watch is limited to 2,343 pieces, representing the height, in metres, at which the body of water sits up in the Swiss Alps, in the Canton of Graubünden.
The model chosen for this limited edition piece is the Oris Aquis. No stranger to special editions, the Aquis collection has been the backbone for the Hammerhead, Staghorn, and Clipperton watches, amongst others. As a dive watch, the Aquis is water resistant to 300m and has a uni-directional rotating bezel with grey tungsten insert. The standout feature of this particular watch is its circular date indicator from ‘1’ to ‘31’ at the heart of the dial. Within it is a white indicator that turns each day, lining up with the scale to display the date of the month.
To qualify as a dive watch, a timepiece needs a display that indicates to the wearer in low light conditions. Serving that purpose is the Aquis’ ‘lollipop’ sweep seconds hand filled with Super-LumiNova. In addition, the hands, indexes and bezel counter are similarly lumed up for visibility.
Available in a choice of rubber strap or steel bracelet, the Source of Life Limited Edition watch is undeniably handsome, thanks to its striking dark teal tone. But it’s the message of water as a source of life that truly resonates.
|43.5mm stainless steel|
Blue-grey with Super-LumiNova
Automatic Calibre 733
|Grey rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet|
|Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
S$3,000 (rubber strap), S$3,300 (bracelet)
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".