When they were released last year, in the midst of the pandemic, the Oris Divers ve Cotton Candy watches not only came as a surprise, but they also brought a spirit of lightheartedness and fun colours to people yearning to see the end of the pandemic. The timing was just right, and these unconventional pink, light blue and green bronze models became surprisingly successful. This year, the Hölstein-based brand expands the Cotton Candy collection with an even more relaxed style by adding Perlon straps to the portfolio.
Once again, these watches have a strong visual impact. And indeed, some won’t understand their very existence. No worries, these aren’t made to be mainstream, and you still have the option to get a black or dark blue dial for your steel Divers Sixty-Five. Yet colours are certainly on the rise, with many recent introductions in green, red, pink or even purple. So Oris surfs on the wave of bright colours and brings back this much-talked-about collection with new straps.
The idea behind the Oris Cotton Candy concept was to bring an unprecedented combination of colours and materials. Starting life as a full-bronze edition of the Divers Sixty-Five (and that includes the bracelet), Oris added light, bright dials with solid candy-inspired colours – in sky blue, wild green or lipstick pink. The result, which combines the warmth of bronze as well as its ever-changing patina with these funky coloured dials, was surprising, to say the least… But quite appealing and certainly daring. Not watches for the masses, but some cool additions to the collection.
Putting the playful colours and material combination aside, the Oris Cotton Candy models are nevertheless solid timepieces. Nicely proportioned, with a unisex 38mm case, bronze is used for most of the habillage, including the unidirectional bezel and its insert with a 60-minute scale in positive relief, as well as the screw-down crown. The caseback, on the other hand, is made of stainless steel. The watches are topped by an ultra-domed sapphire crystal that adds to the vintage charm, maybe not to the anti-reflectivity… Water-resistance is rated at 100m, making the Cotton Candy more of a casual weekend watch than a proper dive watch.
The dials, with their solid colours and applied markers and hands coated in gold to match the bronze case, are the talking topic. Inside there’s a fair amount of beige-toned Super-LumiNova, and the date at 6 o’clock is indicated on a white disc (a no-date display would have made it even better…) Inside is a Sellita SW200 automatic movement, with 4Hz frequency and 38h power reserve.
New for this year, in addition to the versions worn on a solid bronze bracelet, you have the option of casual and lightly-coloured recycled Perlon straps, closed by a bronze pin buckle. Lighter and even more suited for summer.
The new Oris Divers Sixty-Five Cotton Candy on recycled Perlon straps are now available and are priced at EUR 2,400 or CHF 2,300. For more details, please visit www.oris.ch.