The Artix is the latest addition to Oris' elegant “Complication” watch series. It comes with a six-link steel metal bracelet or a leather strap, and it’s easy on the eyes. It’s a lovely piece that provides a good mechanical annual calendar watch (with a symmetrical dial layout) for a fair price. With more watches like this emerging, I’m curious about Oris' new path in the United States. Since Swiss Oris recently took over the US division, I claim this. So we’ll just have to wait and see.
The Artix Complication appears to be driven by a stripped-down ETA Valjoux 775 automatic movement. It does not, however. The 7751 can be stripped down to this style while still providing these functions (and more). Instead, Oris employs a Sellita SW200 with an annual calendar and moon phase module. The movement is known as the Calibre Oris 915. The layout is done in the typical “triple calendar” format, which is always appreciated. The “pointer” type date indicator, which uses a dial in the middle of the face rather than on the periphery, is an important point here.
The 42mm steel case is a decent size for most people and for a watch of this type. The sapphire crystal is complemented by a sapphire crystal on the caseback. Oris claims that SuperLumiNova is applied to the hands and indices, but I don’t see lume anywhere else. The added metal Arabic hour numerals on the sloped flange ring are a good touch. Overall, I believe the dial should have a pleasing three-dimensional appearance. Oris watches are usually well-designed, and I appreciate that they are capable of diving, sailing, retro style, and classy watches.