The famous Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, Oris, has just released a very special timepiece made in honor of the crew of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the French Navy’s flagship. The exclusive new timepiece is based on one of the Oris’ most celebrated models, the Big Crown.
The Big Crown, one of Oris’s signature designs, was first introduced in 1938. This year it inspires the exclusive classic pilot’s watch created in partnership with officers of the French Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier. The model is limited to 1890 individual exemplars, evoking the year the iconic French general and founder of France’s Fifth Republic, Charles de Gaulle, was born.
The PA Charles de Gaulle Oris Limited Edition features the PA Charles de Gaulle’s insignia is printed on the sleek black dial. The case-back is embossed with its image, while the colors of the second hand (blue, white and red) symbolize the French Tricolore. The crown is embossed with ‘R91’, the aircraft carrier’s identification number, paying tribute to one the world’s best navy ships. Charles de Gaulle is the flagship of the French Marine Nationale, and the largest western European warship currently in commission. She is the tenth French aircraft carrier, the first French nuclear-powered surface vessel, and the only nuclear-powered carrier completed outside of the United States Navy.
This special edition shares many features with the core collection Big Crown models. The watch is crafted from polished stainless steel and it measures 40mm in diameter. Its fluted bezel and an oversized winding crown have been borrowed from the original Oris Big Crown of 1938. The model is fitted with a black dial with highly legible printed Super-LumiNova® numerals and hour markers. An automatic mechanical movement powers its functions, including Oris’s signature complication, a pointer date, indicated by a central hand with a red crescent tip. The movement is Oris Cal. 754, based on Sellita SW 200-1. Water resistant to 10 bar/100 meters.
PA Charles de Gaulle Oris Limited Edition, reference 01 754 7679 4084-Set LS, is delivered in a special presentation box with the PA Charles de Gaulle’s insignia on the inside. The watch is mounted on a brown leather strap with a stainless steel folding clasp, and it goes for CHF 1,600.
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