Oris Artix – the Modern Dress Watch
Traditional watchmaking craftsmanship meets modern design in the Artix collection. Unusual complications blend harmoniously with the overall look of these watches and make the Artix the perfect dress watch with a modern touch.
- Dress watches with modern designs
- Moon phase indicator on the Artix Pointer Moon Date
- Day display on the Artix Pointer Day Date
- Intricate skeletonization on the Artix Skeleton
Oris Artix – Tradition Meets Modernity
The Artix collection features high-quality dress watches within the Oris Culture series. In contrast to the rather classically conservative Artelier watches also found in the series, Oris went with modern, almost avant-garde designs for the Artix collection.
Not only do the watches look beautiful, they are also examples of the highest level of watchmaking artistry and reflect the wealth of experience gathered by Oris over the course of its more than 110-year history. Every Artix watch has a sophisticated movement inside its stainless steel case and is waterproof to 100 m (10 bar). Thanks to a layer of SuperLuminova, telling the time in the dark is no problem. Some models also feature extraordinary complications without feeling cluttered.
|Model||Reference number||Price (approx.)||Features|
|Artix Pointer Moon Date||01 761 7691 6331-07 8 21 80||2,090 euros||Moon phase indicator|
|Artix Pointer Day Date||01 755 7691 4051-07 8 21 80||1,300 euros||Day of the week|
|Artix Skeleton||01 734 7714 4054-07 8 19 80||2,090 euros||Skeletonized dial|
|Artix Chronograph||01 674 7644 4051-07 8 22 80||1,950 euros||Small seconds dial|
|Artix Complication||01 915 7643 4051-07 5 21 81FC||1,850 euros||Moon phase indicator, pointer date, day, month|
At first glance, the Artix Date seems like a classic three-hand watch with a date display at 6 o'clock. However, when you look more closely, you will notice that the design of the dial has a few hidden gems. The Arabic numerals really stand out from their position on a slightly raised ring around the edge of the dial. The same is true of the indices, which sit on their own ring on the dial itself. Collectively, these details give the dial a subtle yet extremely appealing 3D effect.
Oris offers dials in lustrous matte silver, dark blue, or black. The hands, indices, and numerals all match the silvery shine of the polished stainless steel case. The version with an 18-karat rose gold bezel is an exception to this rule. It has gold plated hands, indices, and numerals. In terms of bands, there are leather straps that correspond to the various dial colors as well as stainless steel bracelets available.
Every design option is available in a 42 or 39-mm case, though the size plays no notable role in the price. You can purchase a stainless steel Artix Date with a leather strap for around 1,150 euros. If you are looking for a watch with a stainless steel bracelet, expect prices of about 1,350 euros. As to be expected, models with a gold bezel are a bit more expensive. Prices range from 1,650 euros for the version with a leather strap to almost 1,800 euros for one with a stainless steel bracelet.
Artix Pointer Moon Date
Oris decided to use the same 3D dial design for the Artix Pointer Moon Date. However, this watch contains the SW 220-1-based Oris caliber 761, which features a moon phase indicator in addition to the date display at 6 o'clock. The outer ring is outfitted with small images of the various moon phases. A ring with numbers sits in the middle of the dial, representing the 29.5 days in a moon cycle. A central hand is then used to indicate the current moon phase.
Depending on whether you want to buy this 42-mm watch with a black or silver dial and a leather or stainless steel band, be prepared to spend between 1,250 and 1,390 euros for an Artix Pointer Moon Date. This watch is also available with a rose gold bezel, raising the price to 1,990 euros with a leather band and to 2,090 euros with a stainless steel bracelet.
In honor of the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe, Oris also produced the Artix Pointer Moon Date in a Artix Tycho Brahe Limited Edition with a limited run of 500 pieces . It has a dark blue dial and costs just under 1,700 euros for a model with a dark blue leather strap.
Artix Pointer Day Date
Oris remained true to their 3D design with the Artix Pointer Day Date. This time they added a day display, which is also indicated via a central hand. A small red bar at the end of the hand helps the names of the days stick out from their position on the central dial ring. The date display maintains its position at 6 o'clock.
You can find the Artix Pointer Day Date with a silver or black dial as well as a leather or stainless steel band. One of these timepieces in mint condition costs about 1,300 euros.
As with any skeleton watch, the Artix Skeleton immediately attracts attention to itself. Its dial largely consists of a black and gray ring that contrasts beautifully with its silver hour markers. In the middle, it's impossible to miss the black, nickel-plated Oris caliber 734, based on the SW 200-1. A small satin-brushed bridge with the company name at 3 o'clock slightly obscures your view of the movement. That being said, it actually contributes the overall aesthetic thanks to its curved brackets.
Plan to spend around 1,900 euros for a 39-mm Artix Skeleton with a black leather strap. The model with a stainless steel bracelet costs just under 2,100 euros.
Artix GT Day Date and Artix GT Chronograph
The Artix GT Day Date and Artix GT Chronograph relate to the previous models in name alone. Both watches are a part of Oris' Motorsport series and are easily recognizable as sports watches. The black dial with bright hands and indices feels very modern and resembles the dashboard instruments in a racecar. The bidirectional rotatable bezel with ceramic inlays and rubber trimming only further enhances this effect.
In addition to the two pushers at 2 and 4 o'clock that are typically found on a chronograph, the 44-mm Artix GT Chronograph features three subdials: a 30-minute counter at 12 o'clock, a 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock, and a small seconds dial at 9 o'clock. There are different varieties of the small seconds dial depending on which movement is used. The SW 500-based Oris 774 movement features a ring that fills with red as the seconds pass, while the ETA 7750-based Oris 674 uses a line. The date display sits within the 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock. You can purchase an Artix GT Chronograph with a rubber, leather, or stainless steel band. Expect prices around 2,350 euros.
As a three-hand watch, the 42-mm Artix GT Day Date is a bit less conspicuous than its sister chronograph. However, it has inherited its same black dial and bezel with rubber trim. Oris placed the date and day displays at 6 o'clock. Plan to spend slightly less than 1,500 euros for an Artix GT Day Date with a rubber or stainless steel band.
Artix Chronograph and Artix Complication
Even though Oris no longer carries them in their catalog, the Artix Complication and Artix Chronograph are not to be forgotten. The 42-mm Artix Complication does honor to its name. Thanks to its Sellita SW 200-1-based movement, it features a central pointer date, individual windows for the day and month, and an intricately designed moon phase indicator. This stainless steel watch is available with a silver or black dial and a leather or stainless steel band. The model with a dark dial runs for about 1,700 euros, while the version with a light dial costs just under 1,900 euros.
Despite its chronograph function, the Artix Chronograph is a proper dress watch. This is due to its fine 3D dial, which seamlessly incorporates a 30-minute counter at 12 o'clock, a small seconds dial at 9, and a 12-hour counter at 6. What's more, Oris made the pushers at 2 and 4 o'clock particularly flat so that they integrate perfectly into the stainless steel case.
These watches also come with the choice of a light or dark dial as well as a stainless steel or leather band. When purchasing this watch, be sure to have between 1,700 and 1,950 euros on hand.