Oris had a strong showing at Baselworld 2014. First, Oris introduced the Jumping Hour, a tastefully executed addition to the Artelier collection and a hint at greater mechanical things to come. Indeed, they arrived with the announcement of the 110 Years Limited Edition, a watch housing Caliber 110, the brand’s first in-house movement in over 35 years. Forgive us if Oris swept us away with its novelties and we neglected to report on another attractive and affordable addition to its Artix collection, the Pointer Moon Date.
There isn’t a whole lot that’s new here in terms of the case or strap. The new member of the Artix collection features a 42mm brushed and polished stainless steel case in the same design as that of the others in the lineup. The hour and minute hands on the dial are polished nickel and contain SuperLumiNova. You’ll see the familiar calfskin strap with a crocodile pattern, subtle contrast stitching and, of course, the fabulous signed deployant clasp that we raved about in our review of the Artelier Skeleton. I love the clasp, but I wish it used genuine crocodile for the leather.
If there’s nothing new here, then why are we bothering to write about it? The Oris Artix Pointer Moon boasts the Oris caliber 761 based on the Selitta SW220. Oris modified the otherwise three-hander by adding a fourth, short lollipop hand that indicates the phase of the moon. Instead of the traditional semicircular aperture, Oris utilized a pointer with the various phases printed on the perimeter of the dial in between the Arabic hour markers. You’ll see quite a few watches in Oris’s collection using a pointer to display the day, date and now moonphase. It’s because Oris was the first brand to use a pointer complication in 1938, so the use of a pointer is a hallmark of Oris timepieces.
There is some nice texture to this dial offered by the applied hour batons and the concentric circle grain in the center of the dial. The hands are polished nickel. Water resistant to 100m, the watch has a screwdown case back showing off the Oris-modified movement. The Oris Artix Pointer Moon will retail for CHF 1,900, which right now is a hair under USD $2,200.