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Hands-On: The New Oris ProPilot X Caliber 400 Is The Horological Equivalent Of A Summer Jam

It is that point of 12 months when a catchy tune hits the radio and captures the temper completely. The sort of infectious music that is on within the background when you’re utilizing an outdated wire brush to scrub off the grill grids in between sips from a sweaty bottle of Mexican lager. The times are getting longer, and your persistence for folk harshing your mellow is rising shorter.

For me, that music was Sam Hunt’s Arduous to Neglect in 2020 and Fancy Like by Walker Hayes final summer season as a result of I am bougie like Natty in a styrofoam cup.


After which there’s the notion of an ideal “summer season watch.” Again in the summertime of ’19, we explored this idea in a round-up and I had on my classic Omega Flightmaster. This 12 months, there is a watch I believe will match the invoice properly, and it is the Oris Propilot X Caliber 400.

I felt that approach in regards to the Diver’s 65 “Cotton Sweet” line final 12 months, too, however the Oris Propilot X Caliber 400 is actually extra my velocity. After sporting the look ahead to a full day across the Palexpo through the current Watches and Wonders commerce present, I am snug calling it my horological summer season jam.


After I first laid eyes on the watch, I immediately linked with the design language. It jogs my memory of the angular-but-soft strains of the F-35, essentially the most superior fighter jet on the planet (though I am most impressed by the F-35’s beast mode when it trades all of the stealth wizardry for old-school brute drive with the hardpoints packed to the consumption ramps). The boring sheen of the titanium case and bracelet brings it even nearer to the look of a contemporary fighter jet, too. I am going to get again to summer season songs quickly, I promise. 

Actually, the similarities do not finish there. Each are packed filled with next-gen tech. Powering the watch is the namesake caliber 400, the most recent in-house motion from Oris that boasts some superior specs. It has an influence reserve of 120 hours and ten-year service intervals. That is a lot better than the upkeep kerfuffles the F-35 has persistently suffered from. That is +1 for the Oris. And the bezel includes a neat motif paying homage to the vanes of a turbine or the ideas of a turbofan. The sting of the caseback options this sample, too. One for the consumption finish, one for the thrust finish.

There are three dials choices: gray, blue, or salmon. Now, we have spent far more time than we should always have on whether or not or not the dial is definitely salmon. It’s. And it is also the dial colour that I am most drawn to. Certain, it is considerably limiting if you wish to pull the watch off in a conservative setting, however that is what’s so neat about it. It is the final dial colour I’d affiliate with a watch that skews to this point in direction of the device finish of the spectrum. The indices are printed and never utilized, and whereas I’ve learn some feedback bemoaning this design alternative, I believe it matches proper in with the commercial, stripped-down theme. I might commerce them for luminous ceramic blocks in a heartbeat, nevertheless. Whereas we’re at it, let’s color-match that date wheel to the dial, too.


However these are minor quibbles. The novelty of the seat belt buckle-like clasp and the tight tolerances of the titanium bracelet make this watch such a pleasure to put on. It completely articulates across the wrist, and the 39mm case could not put on higher. Identical to there is a high for each pot, there is a case measurement for each wrist, and 39mm works finest for my 7.5-inch wrist. The very bearable lightness of titanium makes the watch disappear till you give your wrist just a little jiggle to verify it is nonetheless there. I do not assume we give sufficient credit score to designs that merely disappear. Good design, to me, means not even noticing how easy and straightforward to make use of one thing is, and the way it will get out of the way in which whenever you’re not concentrating on it.

In 2019 I wore a Flightmaster for the summer season as a result of the watch stimulates me on an mental, however not too severe, degree. The ProPilot X Caliber 400 satisfies me by doing what it is presupposed to do, comfortably. Over time I’ve come to worth not having to “work” to put on a watch. The watches that I’ve chosen as each day wearers – the Omega Seamaster 300M Skilled, the Rolex GMT-Grasp II, and the Seiko SRP775 – do that very effectively. They simply get out of their very own approach. The Oris does too, and that is why it could make a incredible on a regular basis watch – however in all probability finest within the gray or blue dial. However summer season is for salmon, I all the time say. 


The one draw back of the watch is that you’ll must pony up an honest little bit of scratch for one. Precisely $4,300. That is simply a part of the deal on the subject of creating and implementing a very in-house motion just like the Oris Caliber 400. Contemplating that it is a full titanium watch, the pricing falls precisely the place I might anticipate it to. 

With the Propilot X Caliber 400, I’ve received my summer season watch sorted. I am going to strap the salmon dial on whereas I fish, hike, bike, and grill. Now I simply want the soundtrack to go together with it.

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