Beautifully designed and with a number of strap options, the new Oris Big Crown ProPilot Day/Date is certainly a watch I would wear. Starting on the outside, we find a number of strap options. You can purchase the watch with either: a brown leather strap, a grey leather strap with a crocodile imprint, a black leather strap, a grey textile strap, or a brushed stainless steel metal bracelet. I personally prefer the brown leather strap, as I feel it fits the pilot look oh so well. The metal strap might be up there, but it looks somewhat cheap in the photo (right). I only say this because the "link" between the case and the actual bracelet is one piece and therefore, the bracelet is only connected through the center link. Not that this is a big deal, it is still going to be comfortable and people won't notice such a small detail.
The watch has a retail price of CHF 1,650 (~$1,650 USD).
The textile strap will certainly be comfortable and it matches the dial quite well. The other two leather options also fit the watch quite well, but will dictate the situation in which one might wear it. The crocodile strap gives the watch a more refined look while the untextured black leather will retain the casual look (though I personally don't think it looks as good as the brown strap). Moving towards the inside, we meet the 45mm stainless steel case, whose bezel is inspired by jet turbines. The crown does screw down, giving the watch a water resistance rating of 100m. The anthracite dial has a sunray pattern, which adds a bit of "pop" to what would otherwise be a plain (yet still good-looking) design. Arguably, since the sunray dial won't stand out all the time, the dial can still be considered rather plain. The markers and hands both have lume on them. Inside is the Oris Cal. 752, a movement based on the Sellita SW 220-1.
A large (46mm diameter in this case) gold watch that doesn't look really gaudy? What?! While I will always prefer the look of steel (I like the more subdued and subtle color), this gold watch isn't bad either. That being said, it will definitely be more ostentatious than any steel watch. Most likely because of the large amount of black on the dial, ceramic bezel, and strap, not much of the gold part is actually visible. The strap is rubber, seemingly inspired by mesh bracelets, which are typically constructed out of steel. The dial and bezel both have a great deal of black/gold contrast. There is also a white/black contrast going on - see the reverse-panda dial. I guess the panda can have three eyes in this case. Going below the dial, the watch features a COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 24, which features a chronograph and GMT indicator. The watch can measure three time zones simultaneously. 1) Main hour and minute hand 2) GMT hand 3) bezel. It's a limited edition of 250 pieces, so I'll be interested to see at how much it will be sold for.