Luxury watch brand Oris has announced the launch of a new timepiece to celebrate a historic moment in aviation’s past.
On 14 May 1947, the Bell X1 undertook the first ever manned supersonic flight. In doing so it broke the sound barrier and firmly secured a spot in the history books.The new Oris Big Crown X1 is designed to commemorate the event.
A spokesperson for Oris explained: “The Bell X1 pilots undertook their amazing feat in an age before computers and pocket calculators, relying on the specially designed ‘slide rule’ for all engineering calculations. In honour of these pilots, Oris has included a circular version of the slide rule as part of the intrinsic design of the Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator.”
The case of the watch is covered in a PVD coating in a gun metal shade – this is to replicate the colour of the watch’s namesake plane. The luxury watch also has a re-set pusher with an X and a start-stop pusher with a 1 as another nod to the Bell X1 flight.