When you think of Oris, your mind probably automatically goes to the Aquis or the Big Crown. While these are awesome timepieces in their own right, the company recently added a new piece to their lineup, and to put it simply, it is gorgeous. It’s called the Artelier S, and in this review, we’ll cover every angle of the new green-dial variant, so you can decide whether it’s worth a place in your collection.
At a Glance
- Case Size- 38mm.
- Case Material- Multi-piece stainless steel.
- Strap Material- Dark brown leather.
- Movement- In-house SW 200-1 movement.
- Functionality- Hour, minutes, and seconds hands with fine-timing device and stop-second.
- Price– $2,200 USD
- Availability- Available through Oris’ website and Authorised Dealers.
Design & Dial
The design of the Artelier S is pretty surprising when you consider the company behind it. Over the last couple of years, Oris has really focused on big, bold, busy designs that make use of fluorescent colors and massive bezels. The Artelier S, on the other hand, is literally the opposite.
Housed in a modest 38mm case, the Artelier S is the epitome of simplicity. The dark green dial is completely plain, aside from a small Oris logo at 12, the three hands, and a very small set of indices. Attached to a simple dark leather band, this is easily the most simplistic design we’ve ever seen from Oris.
But you know what? It works! The saying goes that less is more, and this sentiment is perfectly encapsulated with the Artelier S. The lack of ‘stuff’ is absolutely captivating, and coupled with that leather strap makes for a design that wouldn’t be out of place in any Bond movie or dinner party.
Truth be told, this design won’t be for everyone, and you’ll also struggle to dress it down for more casual occasions. However, the way that Oris has been able to extract so much elegance from a design so simple is very impressive, and if you’re a fan of dress watches, the Artelier S will only impress you more in the flesh.
There’s also a black dial variant, which also looks great. But, in our opinion, the green just has a little more pop to it.
Powering this timepiece is Oris’ in-house SW 200-1 movement. This is a very solid movement, though the numbers won’t blow your mind. The power reserve, for instance, is fairly lackluster at 38 hours, and accuracy is nothing special at +7/-12 seconds a day. Nevertheless, it’s still very well built and will last you years if looked after correctly.
The case back is open too, allowing you to see the movement in action. And with 26 jewels and Oris’ signature red disk, it’s a very pretty movement to watch.
And as with most of Oris’ in-house movements, you’re also getting fine timing and stop-second functionality, which is only a bonus.
The Atelier S will set you back $2,200 USD ($2,900 cad). This is pretty standard pricing for Oris nowadays, and considering you’re getting an in-house movement, isn’t a bad deal at all.
The only thing to note is that, with that design and a water resistance of just 30 meters, the Artelier S isn’t the most versatile watch in the world. So if you’re looking for an all-rounder, this watch probably isn’t for you.
Ultimately, the Oris Artelier S is a very refreshing, and downright beautiful timepiece that would make a great addition to anyone’s collection. It’s rare to see such a classy design from Oris, and if you’ve been looking for a dress watch under that $2,200 price point, the Artelier S is nothing short of an excellent choice.