Recently, F1 Williams main driver Valtteri Bottas was invited to visit Oris global headquarters in Hölstein, a city in northern Switzerland, to visit a century-old watchmaking factory , And personally assembled its watch of the same name-Oris Williams Bottas Limited Edition. This is the first carbon fiber case watch from Oris, inspired by F1 racing, limited to 770 pieces worldwide.
The watchmaking factory at Oris headquarters is the original when the brand was born in 1904. Since then, Oris watches have been manufactured here. The exterior walls and windows of several connected four-story buildings have been renovated several times. Only the mossy roof is still telling the imprint of time on the Swiss independent brand. The bigger changes take place inside the factory. The state-of-the-art watchmaking lines and laboratories are in sharp contrast to the small town scenery of the Jurassic Mountains outside the window. This wonder may only exist in Switzerland. During the factory visit, Bottas and several media went deep into the production line and experienced the precision and efficiency of modern watchmaking.
The cooperation between Oris and Williams began in 2003 and is the oldest sponsor in the history of the team. Oris relaunched the full range of Williams Motorsport watches in 2015, and the latest limited edition of Bottas is a member of this series. A limited edition of Williams Bottas watch, the watch case is made of carbon fiber, this patented process is inspired by F1 racing. Under the watchmaker’s direction, Bottas assembled this watch, named after him. Finnish racers are very talented in the field of watchmaking. They are fast and robust because the extremely fast speed of F1 racing is derived from the fine-grained driving of the drivers.
The case of the limited edition Bottas watch is made of 35 carbon fiber textile sheets. They are placed in special molds one by one, and after hardening at 130 degrees Celsius and 5 times the pressure, they weigh only 7.2 grams. After manual chamfering, sanding and drilling, assembled titanium alloy bezel and back cover. The black PVD back cover is engraved with the Bottas racing number ’77’, which is also the source of the limited edition of 770 watches sold worldwide.
‘The material and feel of this watch remind me of my Williams F1 car.’ Bottas said: ‘It’s light and feathery but extremely sturdy, sporty, and the precise and efficient manufacturing process also makes people Impressive. This Oris trip was awesome. ‘
The Williams Bottas Limited Edition watch is not only a precise and reliable partner for racers, but also an excellent accessory for our leisure sports. It will be available in September 2016.