New Oris International de Tourisme 1932 Limited Edition Watch Review
Wednesday - 26 September 2012
The Challenge International de Tourisme was a major aviation event in pre-war Europe, held annually between 1929 and 1934. The third Challenge took place between 12th-28th August 1932 in Berlin, Germany, and had three parts: technical trials, a rally around Europe, and a maximum speed test with at least two passengers on board.
The 1932 Challenge was won by a Polish team: pilot Franciszek Żwirko and mechanic Stanisław Wigura, as a result of their aviation skills and the technical design of their RWD-6 aircraft. The victory secured a place in Polish aviation history and the pair were made national heroes.
The Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 Limited Edition was created in tribute to Żwirko and Wigura's historic victory.
The watch features the Oris Big Crown casing with a coin edge top ring. It has a stainless steel case with double curved sapphire crystal and non-reflective coating on the inside. The case back is engraved with its limited edition number, a silhouette of the winning aeroplane, and a special grinding that reflectings the grinding on the engine and running gear cover.
The timepiece is powered by SW 200 automatic movement. It has a black dial with applied polished numerals and polished nickel hands with Superluminova inlay, and the counter weight of the central second hand is a No. 6, in reference to the start of the Polish plane.
The Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 comes with dark brown leather strap, and is presented in a special box with a certificate and a Zippo Lighter (also founded in 1932). It is a limited edition of 1932 pieces.