August 8, 2013
by Ariel Adams
With a case that has lugs which resemble those on the TAG Heuer Carrera, the Calobra case is classic and comfortable. At 44mm wide it is the perfect size for a race watch. The polished surfaces are classy feeling, especially when mixed with the purposeful looking red, black, and white dial. Small details such as the plunger-style chronograph pusher help mix classic and modern looks in what is essentially a very contemporary racing watch. A great feature is the bezel. It is rare to see a race watch these days with a rotating bezel. On top of that, the bezel is ceramic. The Oris Artix GT Chronograph and Calobra are unique for having not only a ceramic rotating bezel on a race watch, but also one that is relatively thin.
Oris is known for really finely regulating their movements. Inside the Calobra Limited Edition is a base Sellita SW500 that they call the Oris Caliber 774 automatic chronograph. The SW500 is Sellita’s version of the ETA Valjoux 7750. The case is also rated water resistant to 100 meters and uses a double AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial. On the rear of the watch is an engraving special to this limited edition that features a view of the race. What race? The ‘Oris Rally Clasico Isla Mallorca’ of course. The Calobra watch is named for a small Spanish town that is near the race which, has been going on for almost a decade now.
Attached to the Calobra watch is a perforated leather strap with a folding steel deployant clasp. We love the black leather strap with the red color peeking out of the perforations. This is overall a very beautiful watch that takes a nice Oris timepiece and makes it even better. As a limited edition, the Oris Calobra Limited Edition (ref. 01 774 7661 4484) will be available as a set of 1000 pieces at a retail price of $3,900. oris.ch