As part of Watches & Wonders, we’ll be hearing about any number of new watch releases. One of the first ones that caught my eye was the brand-new Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400. I mean, a 39mm titanium case and a movement with a 5-day power reserve? What’s not to like?
In many ways, the Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 calls to mind (in very good ways) one of the most impressive Oris loaners I have had come in – the Oris Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115. Though this watch is a few millimeters smaller, we see the same lines in the bracelet and case and the enlarged crown is still there. Last, but not least, one of my favorite design details from a number of Oris models is present as well – the the twisted fluting on the bezel, which calls to mind either a turbine or a ring gear, depending on your frame of reference.
Though the case is a delightfully compact 39mm, the dial of the Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 is crisp and clean. Present in either grey, salmon, or blue (my favorite of the three) legibility is kept to the fore, with the propeller hands appropriately sized to the dial, and indices that stretch towards the center. Down at 6 o’clock we have the date window which is just on the edge (at least, for me) of being too small to be useful.
The other part of the story here – other than a clean, compact look – is the movement tucked into the Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400. Here, it’s the Calibre 400 movement, that’s adjusted to within COSC tolerances, is anti-magnetic, and can provide up to a 5-day power reserve. Though, if it were me, I don’t see how this watch would be off of my wrist for five straight days.
While I tend towards GMT watches, if I were to get “just” a three-hander, the $4,300 Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 is what could get me there. A clean dial in a shade of blue that strikes a balance between boldness and subtlety and a compact case that offers toughness and lightness via titanium ticks all the right boxes for an everyday, wear for anything, sort of watch. Throw in that technically accomplished movement, and well, you’ve got the makings of a winner, at least in my book. While this watch was just announced, we are working with Oris to get a loaner in for a hands-on review, so be on the lookout for that. oris.ch
Tech Specs from Oris
- Case Multi-piece titanium case with satin and sandblasted finishes
- Size 39.00 mm (1.535 inches)
- Dial Grey, blue or salmon
- Luminous material Indices and hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova®
- Top glass Sapphire, domed on both sides, double-sided anti-reflective coating
- Case back Titanium with satin and sandblasted finishes, screwed, see-through sapphire glass
- Operating devices Titanium screw-in security crown with protection
- Bracelet Titanium with folding clasp with Oris-patented ‘LIFT’ system
- Water resistance 10 bar (100 m)
- Number Oris Calibre 400
Functions Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window at 6 o’clock, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second
- Accuracy -3/+5 seconds a day (within COSC tolerances)
- Extra features Highly anti-magnetic
- Winding Automatic
- Power reserve 120 hours
- Warranty* Extended to 10 years with MyOris sign-up. Applies to watch and movement. 10-year recommended service intervals. Five- year recommended water-resistance check
- Number Oris Calibre 400
- Swiss retail price CHF 3,900
- Available April 2022