Oris Tycho Brahe Limited Edition Watch Review

Oris has introduced a new limited edition watch inspired by Tycho Brahe, the 16th century Danish nobleman and astronomer.

Tycho Brahe was very protective of his astronomical and planetary observations, and it was only after his death in 1601 that his work was published. His findings were formalised in the Tychonic system, which theorised that the Sun and Moon orbited the Earth, while the other planets orbited the sun. This Tychonic system would influence many physicists that followed, including Sir Isaac Newton, who used Brahe's observations when formulating his theory of gravity.

The Oris Tycho Brahe Limited Edition features a Pointer Moon function, developed in-house by Oris engineers. A central hand indicates the phases of the moon over the 29.5-day lunar cycle by pointing to a gauge running around the outside of the dial. It jumps forward every half a day, ensuring greater accuracy than a traditional moon phase display.

The limited edition watch is inspired by the Oris Artix collection. It has a 42 mm stainless steel case, with an engraving of the Tychonic system on its case back. The dial is dark blue with applied indices and nickel hands, both with SuperLumiNova inlays. The timepiece is powered by the Oris Calibre 761 and features a date window at 6 o'clock.

The Oris Tycho Brahe Limited Edition is limited to 500 pieces and is presented in a luxurious wooden box. It will become available in May 2015.

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