Paying tribute to a vital service

shopping February 08, 2018 14:09

By The Nation

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Oris pays tribute to the Swiss air-rescue service Rega with a new limited-edition collection of GMT Rega watches.

The new model has a second time zone, indicated by a 24-hour central hand, a function chosen in partnership with Rega jet pilots to represent the service they offer across all time zones.

Last year, Rega repatriated 869 people from all over the world through its 24-hour service. It operates three Challenger CL-604 air ambulances, manned by highly trained crews. The jets carry all the equipment necessary to transport intensive care patients.

Based on Oris’s Big Crown ProPilot GMT, this is the perfect marriage of the values shared by the two organisations – quality, reliability, precision, tradition and innovation. The watch is powered by Calibre 748, an automatic mechanical movement with a second time zone, or GMT function, indicated by a black, red-tipped central hand that points to a 24-hour scale printed around the dial edge.

Its 45mm stainless steel case is designed with pilots in mind. The timepiece is coated in hard-wearing matt gunmetal grey PVD to offset cockpit glare, and features an oversized crown for quick time, date and second time zone adjustments.

A black dial features luminescent Super-LumiNova? Arabic numerals, hands and hour markers for exceptional legibility, even in low-light conditions, and Rega’s logo. The grey textile strap is lined with red leather as a nod to the service’s corporate colour.

“We consider it a real honour to work with Rega, one of the world’s leading air-rescue services,” said Oris Chairman Ulrich W Herzog. “This second watch made in partnership between us highlights another of Rega’s extraordinary services, as well as our shared commitment to quality, tradition and innovation. We’re delighted to be able to show our appreciation for its work with the Oris GMT Rega Limited Edition.”

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