To commemorate the historic Hirondelle steam ship, the first to be built entirely in Switzerland and which infamously sank into the waters of Lake Geneva in 1862; Swiss watch brand Oris is launching 151 pieces of the Oris Hirondelle Limited Edition.
The Hirondelle paddle steamer was launched in Ouchy, Lake Geneva in 1855. It was the first steam boat entirely built in Switzerland and also the largest in the country at the time. On June 10th, 1862 the Hirondelle hit an underwater rock at the edge of the fairway of Becque-de-Peilz in Lake Geneva. Fortunately all 350 passengers survived, but the ship sank fully following a strong storm on July 30, 1862.
One hundred and four years later, in 1966, a highly skilled team of enthusiastic divers found the Hirondelle wreckage. A ship of great importance to Swiss culture, Oris has produced the Oris Hirondelle timepiece, limited to just 151 pieces in remembrance of every year that has passed since its historic sinking.
The Oris Hirondelle Limited Edition features subtle hints of the ship’s past. Inspired by the Hirondelle’s throttle gauge, a power reserve indication disc, including replica throttle markings “FULL” – “HALF” – “DEAD”, adorns the watch. The sleek black dial features wave detailing and applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova. Its titanium case has gunmetal-grey PVD coating and the top ring boasts Tungsten inlay. The timepiece includes a patent ‘rotation safety system’ for the timer top ring. The case back also shows the Hirondelle near Montreux with Dents du Midi Mountains in the background.
The Oris Hirondelle Limited Edition has been expertly designed to commemorate the historic tale of the SS Hirondelle and it is a perfect instrument for experienced divers to go on a mission and visit the Hirondelle underwater memorial.
Model: Oris Hirondelle Limited Edition
Ref. No. 667 7645 7294, Ø 49 mm
Limited to 151 pieces
Oris automatic mechanical movement 667, based on ETA 2897, with power reserve indicator
Centralised second, minute and hour displays
Date display at 3 o’clock
Case, dial & strap
Titanium case with gunmetal-grey PVD coating and patented “Rotation Safety System” for additional security to measure dive time, top ring with rubber coating on the outside and Tungsten inlay with engraved 60 minute scale, Screw-in crown
Water resistant to 100 bar/1000m
Automatic Helium valve located at 9 o’clock.
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with inner anti-reflective coating
Black dial with applied indices and hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
Rubber strap with adjustable extendable safety clasp
Dark brown wooden gift box
Swiss Retail Price CHF 4,100.00