WIS = Watch Idiot Savant. A person who knows, or professes to know, a lot about watches and is also quite fanatical about watches. In my case, I do profess to know a fair bit about watches and, unfortunately, very little about most other things! I can't possibly review this watch to the same extent as all the professional reviews out there, so this will really be my personal experience in purchasing and owning the watch.
When this ProPilot X - PPX - was announced Thursday morning, it was love at first sight. I spent literally the entire day frantically digging around for all the information I could find in countless reviews, and looking at all the photos I could find. Already I knew without seeing the watch in real life, that I had to own one. It occurred to me at 1 o'clock in the morning on Friday, that Time & Gold here in Vancouver, just might already have one. If not, I had to pay a visit anyway, and hopefully spend countless more hours discussing the watch at length with all the amazing people at the shop. I have been a proud customer there since 1997 and absolutely love everyone there and the time they are willing to spend with me chatting about all watches, and not necessarily only the ones they sell. Well, yesterday was no exception, and an absolute dreamy way to spend a couple of hours.
They had the watch! And it had only been in the display for a few hours. And nobody had been able to spend any time really looking at it, apart from taking it out of the box and putting it in the display. So, for a couple of fun-filled hours we all spent time analyzing every aspect of this beautiful piece. This type of interaction with AD staff is when you know without a doubt that you are dealing with only the best folks. The owner himself, who is an expert watchmaker, got involved with the thorough examination of the watch along with the rest of us, and we all came to the conclusion that we were looking at a masterpiece. For me, a truly memorable few hours.
So I came away with the watch strapped to my wrist. Feeling a bit guilty that any other customers in the next few weeks would be unable to see the watch in real life. I love every bit of this watch. The research and development which has gone into the watch is remarkable. I never thought owning a watch with a skeletonised caliber would be possible for me. Most I have seen are automatic movements, some with date function, and just far too complicated looking for my taste. Having a manually wound movement with no complication other than small seconds is absolutely ideal. To be able to glance at the dial and make out every single component at a glance, and still be able to very clearly read the time, is so satisfying. To be able to see the movement come to life while winding the mainspring and watching the power reserve indicator move is the best possible human interaction one can have with a watch. This, to me, above all else is the essence of what this watch means to me.
The use of titanium for case, movement and bracelet is ideal, and the greyish brown hue of the metal along with totally brushed surfaces of these components, gives what I call a very industrial look to the watch. Even though it is light, it has a very strong and robust feel to it. Very futuristic design including the exquisite and very comfortable bracelet, and the turbine bezel just seems to bring it all together. The crown is perfect size, and it's operation is as good as any I have seen and tried. The clasp which is designed around a seat belt style, even has "LIFT" on the release, and feels very sturdy and secure. While holding the watch and seeing it from the side, the bracelet looks perhaps a bit thin. But the center links a really quite thick, and the outside links taper out to the edges, so the bracelet looks thinner than it really is. Some argue otherwise, but to me it is the perfect tool watch. Especially with a screwed down crown and a water resistance rating of 100m, the watch is ready for almost anything.
There is really not a single rounded surface on the watch and with the angular effect of all the facets really contributes to the futuristic design. No polished surfaces either, but there is still a sparkle and a warm glow emanating from the watch. A few details about the watch, and then a slew of photos. There are countless reviews and excellent photos online, so I won't go into more explanation:
Case width 44mm
Case height 13mm
Lug to lug length 51.5mm
Lug width 22mm
Case, bracelet and movement material mainly Grade 2 and Grade 5 Titanium with a few brass components
Sapphire crystal with AR coating, sapphire case back
Caliber 115 based on 110 Caliber series, manually wound, with 10 Day Power Reserve
Photos of case and bracelet at various angles, and macros of dial side of movement:
I would also like to add that I have shown this watch to a lot of people in the past 24 hours. Most of them working or visiting at various AD locations downtown, and not just
Oris ADs. Every single person without exception has thought so highly of this watch, and absolutely no criticism for any aspect. It is so cool to see folks who sell other
brands than Oris totally approve of the watch. I would say an amazing tribute or Oris and this PPX!
Hope you enjoyed my review and countless photos. This is really a big part of the fun for me!