Oris Artelier Calibre 113 Watch

Oris Artelier Calibre 113 Watch

Oris Artelier Calibre 113 Watch Watch Releases

In the world of horology, the term "in-house" is generally associated with high-end luxury timepieces which are often exorbitantly priced, and this makes owning one a distant dream for many watch aficionados out there. But in recent times, a few brands including Oris seem to have acknowledged the situation and aimed to bridge this gap by producing watches like the Oris Artelier Calibre 113 with in-house movements at relatively affordable prices.

Oris Artelier Calibre 113 Watch Watch Releases

Oris has been in the business of making timepieces since 1904, and the Oris Artelier Calibre 113 watch showcases the company's continued growth in the field of research and technical innovation. It was in 2014 that Oris released their first modern in-house movement, the Calibre 110, which we went hands-on with here, and since then, the brand has been adding more functionality to this base calibre every year leading to the creation of their newest and fourth version, the Calibre 113.

Oris Artelier Calibre 113 Watch Watch Releases

The Calibre 113 is a hand-wound movement which operates at a frequency of 3Hz, and like the three calibers before it, this one also features a small seconds at 9 o'clock along with the massive 10-day power reserve, which I feel is a remarkable feat as it uses only a single barrel to do so. Additionally, the Calibre 113 also offers a complete calendar setup including the day, date, week, and month of the year. The Calibre 113 movement on the Oris Artelier Carlibre 113 can be admired in all its glory through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. Although the movement is devoid of fancy decoration and has more of an industrial look, I like it for the fact that it holds true to the Oris philosophy, and that being "real watches for real people."

Oris Artelier Calibre 113 Watch Watch Releases

Just reading the number of complications the Oris Artelier Calibre 113 watch features had me thinking that this is going to be one difficult dial to read, but having a look at the release photographs, I must say that Oris have done an admirable job of keeping the dial balanced and legible. The dial on the Oris Artelier Calibre 113 is cleverly laid out and shares its general design aesthetics - such as the finely applied hour markers, applied Arabic numerals at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock, the subsidiary seconds dial at 9, and the power reserve indicator at 3 - with the previously released Oris Artelier Calibre 112 watch and the Oris Big Crown Pro Pilot 111 watch.

Oris Artelier Calibre 113 Watch Watch Releases

But what really sets the dial of the Oris Artelier Calibre 113 apart and gives the watch a distinctive look is the way Oris have implemented the calendar complications on this timepiece. To execute the calendar complications, the folks at Oris have made good use of the real estate available on the dial by pulling the hour indices slightly inwards, eventually freeing space to display the month and week of the year in the outer periphery of the dial. And to read these details, Oris has made use of a red-tipped pointer hand which simultaneously indicates the current month and week (hence Oris using the term "business calendar") of the year. The date is shown via a neatly cut date window within the sub-seconds dial at 9 o'clock, and finally, to complete the calendar setup, the day of the week is displayed through a thoughtfully placed window just below the power reserve text. All the functions the Oris Artelier Calibre 113 offers are controlled via the single crown.

Oris Artelier Calibre 113 Watch Watch Releases

At 43mm, the Oris Artelier Calibre 113 is a somewhat large timepiece, especially for a more dress-oriented watch, but looking at the set of complications it offers, I feel it is aptly sized. The brand's materials do not mention water-resistance, but we expect it to be in line with previous similar watches, at 30m. The Oris Artelier Calibre 113 will be officially launched at Baselworld 2017, and will be available to purchase in a couple of strap and dial options. One can either opt for the anthracite dial with a dark brown Louisiana crocodile leather strap or an opaline silver dial with a gray, black, or dark brown leather strap. Both the versions will also be optionally available on a steel bracelet. The Oris Artelier Calibre 113 watch will retail at a price of CHF 5,900. oris.ch

What do you think?
  • I want it! (117)
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  • James Miller

    I’ve always been a big fan of Oris. Outstanding watch with quite a bit of value for the price. If it had another name on the dial (you know who you are!) it would cost three times as much.

  • Marius

    According to this article: “In the world of horology, the term “in-house” is generally associated with high-end luxury timepieces which are often exorbitantly priced, and this makes owning one a distant dream.”

    I don’t know in which year this article was written, but in 2017 there are quite a few non high-end brands that offer very capable in-house movements for not so exorbitant prices. Amongst these brands I would like to mention: Nomos, Grand Seiko, JLC, Omega, Rolex, IWC, Glashutte Original, Breitling, Tudor, Zeitwinkel, and so forth.

    As for the Oris Atelier 113, I find it to be a very interesting proposition. It’s a visually pleasing watch equipped with a solid and attractive in-house caliber. What’s more, it features quite a few complication that are extremely useful for everyday use such as the 10-day power reserve and the triple-date display. The best part is that the dial is very easy to read and very well-organized. In my opinion, Oris made a very practical watch that also happens to have a very elegant and original case design. Unlike Frederique Constant and some Montblancs, Oris has its own characteristic design language; it doesn’t just copy the successful design of others.

    My only problem with this watch is the price. At almost $6,000 it’s quite expensive for an Oris. At this price point you are already getting into Rolex, Omega, and even JLC (the new $5,400 Master Control) territory. Of course, you won’t be able to buy a triple-date, 10-day PR Omega or JLC for this price, but still, most buyers look first and foremost at the brand name, and only afterwards at the complications.

    • Luciano

      I would add the 43mm case, which is too large for this type of watch.

    • WINKS

      But is it really an in-house movement? Looks uncannily like an IWC movement…

  • Sevenmack

    The dial is well-organized and legible. The hands are finely crafted. The movement is lovely. The case is understated yet delightful to the eye. It’s a hit.

    Of course, collectors will get stuck on the price tag, forgetting that unlike certain brands, Oris doesn’t produce 100,000 or more watches a year, and therefore, lacks the economies of scale needed to spread the cost of movement development, production, and servicing. Those folks will then complain about Baume & Mercier charging $5,000 for a watch without an in-house movement, or swoon over an IWC even though it does the same thing.

    Essentially, the Oris is a great watch that will make not one of these collectors happy.

  • SuperStrapper

    I would. I don’t think I’d pay this for it, but I’d totally wear it. The anthracite dial is a much better look for this dial setup, although the dark brown strap stitch in light brown is a head scratcher. Luckily, I could just make my own that would be of better quality and look more cohesive with the design.

    Does the date hand ‘jump’ 1/7th of a week every day? Or is it always in motion. Or, ready rock steady and only makes the move once a week. The indications are just for each week, and May 28th is a Sunday in 2017. So what happen on Monday the 29th? Will that hand hold firm until Sunday June 4th?

    • BILL*

      There have been other week number watches where the power is stored up and released every Sunday night, jumping to the next business week number. I suspect that this watch’s week hand might be continuously in motion instead of jumping, because of that month scale being there. And then you’ve got each month being the same length between the hour markers. The whole set-up seems a little imprecise and an owner of this watch would probably be tweaking and readjusting it quite often.

      • SuperStrapper

        My assumption as well, although the hand jumping would be more pleasing. Bne it once a week or even just 1/7 the distance each day when the date rolls over.

  • Ayreonaut

    Too bad its not an annual calendar.

  • Word Merchant

    Very nice indeed. If Bremont could do something like this I wouldn’t have to laugh at them nearly so much.

  • Buy and Sold

    Is this a true perpetual calendar? If not when are the resets needed? This has all the complications I want, but I can’t see to get them at an affordable price in an automatic. I am thinking that the Seiko Astron might have to satisfy my need for those complications until I am wealthier.

    • No it’s a form of ‘complete calendar’, which means it reads the day, date and month; this one reads the month via a 52-week register. The difference between a complete calendar and a perpetual or annual calendar is that it cannot differentiate between the varying lengths of each month so needs a correction 5 times a year. Less complicated, but even with a simpler mechanism this is crazy good pricing for such a watch.

      • Buy and Sold

        Thank you for the explanation. Often on Chrono24 they have watches listed as perpetual which I do not think are.

  • thecouchguy

    Love it! Good value for all of its features.

  • waterson

    Love this. White dial, brown strap. Now where is that 6K I laid down the other day?

  • The bang for buck! 10 day complete calendar craziness.

  • BILL*

    For those years with 53 weeks you’ll have to get yourself a Blancpain.

  • TrevorXM

    Like it a lot. Not cheap, but it still offers the good value no-nonsense Swiss mechanical for a fair price that Oris is so well known for. But being an Oris Aquis owner, I am biased.

    I’ve read somewhere about them working on a dive watch with a version of this 10 day movement in it. Is there any info on this? Was that only a rumour? That sounds really interesting to me.

  • BNABOD

    that sunburst dial looks bitchin and look at the size of that barrel. the price is reasonable based on what you get but most likely will drop a good ways in grey market. Oris keep on truckin you are doing good.

  • MEddie90

    Always been a big fan of Oris, their aquis divers in particular have always interested me and for a company offering watches at the prices they do they sure pack a decent amount of innovation in there. Depth guages and altimeters, quick lock crown, rotation safety system, 10 day reserve, sliding clasp and now a full calendar with week of the year and month combined.

    Really like this watch, as a lover of manual winds a 10 day reserve is a great feature and while it’s not perfect I think the spartan finishing suits the design. The complication is great but a little crowded for me, i think the date would work better at 6:00 to help balance it out and the month indicators seem unnecesary when you can just use the indices as a guide (similar concept to the skydweller and moser perpetuals). The case, crown and dial are all attractive and knowing oris are likley to be well constructed for the price point.

  • Shinytoys

    Another great piece from Oris. Love the dollar per value quotient…

  • Mischa Vladivostok

    A real business meeting watch. The 43mm are adequate for the required (subdued) showoff. The date window at 6pm (just above the “10 days”) would work better for me, more symmetric. 10 days power-reserve! More than enough for wearing it at the Monday morning meeting.
    VERY good value.

  • spiceballs

    Really do like this watch except that, as others have noted, I also feel the date window should really be near (or at?) “6” – like their dive watch also featured. Guess I’ll have to wait – – – .

  • cg

    Oris seems to nail it alot lately in the past ten years! Price, style can’t beat it.