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Oris Release Updated Rectangular With New Size and Design

Oris Rectangular

The Oris Rectangular is and has always been one of the least imaginatively named watches of all time. It’s not exactly the model you think of when it comes to Oris – that would probably be the Pointer Date – but now it’s back with new dimensions and an updated dial. It’s a well-timed release since 2021 has seen plenty of love for rectangle cases with the Cartier Tank Must, Fears Archival 1930 and the return of the A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret.

Of the watches I just mentioned, the Oris Rectangular is definitely closest cousins with the Cartier Tank since its focus is on Art Deco style rather than insane haute horology. The new steel case is 25.5mm by 30mm making it slightly wider but substantially shorter than its predecessor the Rectangular Date. The stepped flanks of the case give it a stronger retro flavour in line with its Art Deco dial.

Oris Rectangular Ref. 01 561 7783 4061 07 5 19 15
Oris Rectangular Ref. 01 561 7783 4063 07 5 19 16

Speaking of, the dial has double rail track markings encompassing the simple hour markers, with Arabic numerals at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock and a date aperture at 6. It’s a layout familiar to any fans of the Tank or Longines’ Dolce Vita. And like Cartier’s Watches & Wonders releases from earlier this year, another important aspect is colour. Oris have given a choice of four: blue, Bordeaux, white and anthracite. Each dial colour has a choice of matching leather straps, except the white one, which for some inexplicable reason comes on a yellow one.

Oris Rectangular Ref. 01 561 7783 4065 07 5 19 17
Oris Rectangular Ref. 01 561 7783 4068 07 5 19 18

Inside the rectangle case of the Rectangular is the Oris calibre 561, a base ETA 2671 automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. That’s been Oris’ go to movement for the Rectangular in a variety of its forms since it’s creation in the early 2000’s.

Ultimately the key points are the watch’s reinforced retro aesthetic in a wider variety of colours at a slightly more wearable size. Not exactly world changing but not bank breaking either at a fairly accessible CHF 1,800 (approx. £1,440). At that price, it’s actually a few hundred pounds more affordable than a quartz movement Tank, which may well be the Rectangular’s biggest strength.

Price & Specs:

Model: Oris Rectangular
Reference: 01 561 7783 4061 07 5 19 15 (Yellow)
01 561 7783 4063 07 5 19 16 (Dark Green)
01 561 7783 4065 07 5 19 17 (Blue)
01 561 7783 4068 07 5 19 18 (Bordeaux)
Case/Dial: 25.50mm x 30mm diameter, stainless steel case, white, anthracite, blue or bordeaux dial
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Oris 561 calibre, automatic, 25 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 38h
Functions: Hours, minutes, hacking seconds, date
Strap: Leather in yellow, blue, dark green or bordeaux
Price/availability: CHF 1,800

More details at Oris.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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