Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope Limited Edition Watches Review

Oris are back at it again, encouraging aid and generosity with another limited edition designed to raise proceeds for a lesser-known charity. This time, the Swiss watch manufacturer collaborates with the aeronautical humanitarian organisation Wings of Hope and launches two Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope watches powered by their innovative Calibre 401 movement.

Wings of Hope

As part of their Change for the Better campaign, Oris have began a new partnership with US-based aeronautical humanitarian organisation Wings of Hope. Founded 60 years ago, Wings of Hope aims to use the power of aviation to bring medical support to remote and vulnerable communities in both the US and more than 50 other countries around the world. The charity was concieved when Catholic missionary Mike Stimac travelled to Kenya, which was then experiencing terrible drought. While there, he realised aid efforts hindered by poor transport links could be drastically improved through the use of aviation. This was when the Wings of Hope humanitarian efforts begun.

Over the last six decades, Wings of Hope have helped around 65,000 people a year with their programmes and services. It operates all over the world and has even attracted the help of names like Elizabeth Dole, Harrison Ford and Kurt Russell as members of its honorary council. The organisation also proudly provides education to young pilots, engineers and humanitarians. Last year, 90 students discovered humanitarian aviation through its Soar into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programme. Running a charity like this isn’t cheap and Wings of Hope rely heavily on donors and volunteers to keep going. With this in mind, Oris decided to step in and help raise funds for the charity by donating a percentage of profits made from the new Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope Limited Edition watches.

“I am incredibly grateful and honoured to be working with one of the world’s leading watchmaking companies. Ours is a close and committed partnership to change the world. And I believe there is much more to come… What impresses me most about Oris is its commitment to making the world a better place. Our brand identity is very important to us, and working with such a highly respected brand that is so perfectly aligned with our mission is a very special gift to us and hopefully to the world.” – Wings of Hope CEO, Bret Heinrich.

The Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope Limited Edition Watches

In honour of Wings of Hope, Oris have launched two Big Crown Wings of Hope watches. The first is a 40mm stainless steel model limited to 1,000 pieces while the other, rarer design is a 38mm solid gold watch limited to only 100 pieces. Starting with the stainless steel Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope watch, the multi-piece case offers all the features we’ve come to love from their Big Crown series including a small knurled crown, domed sapphire crystal glass and 50 metre water resistant rating. At the centre, the off-white dial opts for luminous hands and indexes printed in silver and a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock adorned with a contrasting red hand.

The solid gold Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope Limited Edition is the significantly more opulent of the two, crafted from 18 carat yellow gold. It offers the same 50 metre resistance, screw in security crown, anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass and exhibition case back but adds some differences to the dial to match the case. The off-white display is decorated with golden Arabic numerals and matching gold plated hands for the hour and minutes, both set with Superluminova inserts. The same red accented small seconds dial appears at 6 o’clock. Both Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope watches are completed by the same brown Cervo Volante deer leather strap and secured by a clasp in their corresponding case material.

Powering each Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope watch is the luxury watch brand’s recently launched Calibre 401 movement. The in-house movement boasts hands for the hours, minutes and small seconds and an impressive power reserve of 120 hours. We’re also promised high levels of anti-magnetism, an accuracy of -3/+5 seconds a day and a warranty which can be extended to 10 years when you sign up with MyOris. You can enjoy the classic Swiss decorations of the movement through the exhibition case back.

If you’d like to learn more about the new Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope Limited Edition watches and shop them for yourself, head over to the Jura Watches website here. Alternatively, get in touch with the team by calling 01335 453453 or send us a message at help@jurawatches.co.uk.