A watch that flies high

shopping January 03, 2018 15:29

By The Nation

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Oris reminds the world of its presence in the aviator history with the release of limited-edition 1,931 Big Crown D 26 286 HB-Rag timepieces that take inspiration from the historic training aircraft Dewoitine D26, designed by French engineer Emile Dewoitine.



The watches stem from the collaboration between Oris and a new partner Hanger 31, a group of volunteer enthusiasts who preserve and fly the historic Dewoitine D 26 aircraft from their base in the Swiss town of Grenchen, in the foothills of the Jura Mountains.

The story of the Dewoitine aircraft began on August 20, 1931 one of 11 aircraft commissioned by the Swiss government and built under licence by the the federal construction workshop) in Thun, Switzerland. 

It remained in the Swiss Air Force until 1948 and was used to instruct trainee pilots. After it was decommissioned, it was used to tow glider aircraft into the air in Lausanne, Sion and Zurich. A long period of neglect followed, before it was restored and then exhibited in a museum in Dubendorf, near Zurich.

In 2015, the aircraft was passed into the care of Hangar 31, who maintains it and regularly fly it, continuing its historic story. Today, it’s one of only two original D 26s still flying.

The Big Crown D 26 286 HB-RAG Oris watch is based on the original Big Crown design and inherits its fluted bezel and central pointer date hand. Its stainless steel case is 40mm in diameter and its brown leather strap, green dial and special leather pouch are inspired by finishes and materials in the D 26’s cockpit and it’s powered by an automatic mechanical movement.

“We’re delighted to support Hangar 31’s work in preserving the Dewoitine D 26 and to be perpetuating the story of this historically significant aircraft,” said Oris Chairman Ulrich W Herzog. 

“Oris is a historic watchmaker with very close ties to the world of aviation, and it’s part of our vision to continue supporting the work of organisations such as Hangar 31 – without them so much of our shared heritage would simply disappear.” 

‘Oris’s support is vital to the future of both the D 26 and our organisation,” said Peter Brotschi of Hangar 31. “We’re extremely grateful for the company’s commitment to our work and delighted by the Big Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG Oris Limited Edition, a fitting tribute to a remarkable watchmaking story and a remarkable aircraft.”

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