Introducing: Oris Big Crown 5 Days Wings of Hope Limited Edition

Oris Big Crown 5 Days Wings of Hope yellow gold

Good looks meet a good cause for an absolute corker of a watch. 

Oris Big Crown 5 Days Wings of Hope stainless steel 

Oris is no stranger to collaborations, especially when it comes to worthy causes that it believes in. Over the last decade, the Swiss watch manufacturer has worked with numerous inspiring agencies on environmental conservation and humanitarian issues as part of its mission to bring ‘Change for the Better’. Naturally, the release of limited editions to commemorate these efforts completes the circle of awareness.

Bret Heinrich, President of Wings of Hope 

This time around, the spotlight falls on Wings of Hope. The US-based humanitarian organisation uses the power of aviation to improve people’s lives by bringing medical support to remote and vulnerable communities in remote areas. Active in over 50 countries, it has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Oris hopes to draw attention to the work of Wings of Hope with two special models of the Big Crown pilot’s watch: a 38mm yellow gold version limited to 100 pieces and 40mm stainless steel version limited to 1,000 pieces.

Oris Big Crown 5 Days Wings of Hope 

The clean, off-white dial is the first thing that catches the eye. It is decorated with Arabic numeral hour markers and Super-LumiNova coated hour and minute hands in a gold tint for the yellow gold version and a green tint for the steel version.
Together, with the red hand of the small seconds dial at six o’clock, the overall aesthetic has a wonderful vintage appeal in a likely reference to the year that Wings of Hope was founded: 1963.
Of course, looks aren’t everything. For enthusiasts, it is what lies within the case that matters. And the Big Crown Wings of Hope Limited Edition doesn’t disappoint.
View of the Oris Calibre 401 

The watch is endowed with Oris’ new proprietary automatic Calibre 401, a derivative of the Calibre 400. An in-house developed manufacturing movement is always a highly coveted bonus but, crucially, it is a real find to get one with a five-day power reserve in this price range.
The Calibre 401 is also highly anti-magnetic. It is made from nonferrous metal, including the silicon escape wheel and anchor. This is a useful quality not only for pilots due to the magnetic fields they experience at great heights, but also for those with their feet planted firmly on the ground who are constantly surrounded by electronic devices.

Oris Big Crown 5 Days Wings of Hope in Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel 

The Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope Limited Edition would be a great addition to your daily rotation. Apart from classic good looks, its case measuring 40mm in diameter makes it versatile and comfortable for any wrist. There is simply no excuse why this shouldn’t be one of the must-haves on your wish list for 2022.




A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.

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