The Hirondelle highlighted Swiss culture as the first steam boat entirely built in Switzerland, the largest in the country at the time. It was launched in Ouchy, Lake Geneva in 1855. In June 1862, it hit an underwater rock in Lake Geneva.
Luckily all 350 passengers survived the shipwreck, but the Hirondelle sank fully after a severe storm in July 1862. In 1966, a team of daring divers found the ship’s wreckage.
The limited edition number of 151 pieces pays tribute to every year that has passed since the steam ship’s historic sinking.
Some design features of the new Oris watch hint it has been inspired by the iconic steam ship. The power reserve indication disc has been inspired by the ship’s throttle gauge, along with replica throttle markings FULL – HALF – DEAD.
The black dial is adorned with a wave pattern. It is completed with applied Super-LumiNova indices. The 49mm titanium case features a gunmetal-grey PVD coating. The top ring incorporates a Tungsten inlay. The timer top ring is provided with a patent ‘rotation safety system’. The automatic Helium valve is found at 9 o’clock.
The Oris watch is powered by the brand’s automatic mechanical movement – Caliber 667, based on ETA 2897. It animates centeral seconds, minutes and hour displays, and the 3 o’clock date display.
The new Oris Hirondelle Limited Edition watch is secured to the wrist on a rubber strap with an adjustable extendable safety clasp. The novelty, a good choice for experienced divers, commemorates the historic tale of the Hirondelle.
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