Thankfully watch companies are still debuting new watches even though shows and other events have been cancelled. One new watch to make its appearance on the scene is the Oris x Momotaro Denim Watch. A new addition to Oris’s Divers Sixty-Five dive watch lineup, the Denim Watch comes out of a partnership with the Japanese denim brand, Momotaro.
Momotaro takes its name from a Japanese folklore hero and was founded by Mr Hisao Manabe. Based out of the small coastal town of Kojima in Okayama, Momotaro makes all of their jeans by hand to the most exacting standards. It’s an excellent fit for Oris, who also has a commitment for excellence. The Oris credo, “Things must make sense,” applies to this partnership, especially after you see the watch.
The Denim Watch features a 40mm two-tone stainless steel case and the dial layout of previous Diver Sixty-Five models. Inside the case is another hold-over, the Sellita-based Oris 733 automatic three-hand movement, which has a 38-hour power reserve. The dial really focuses in on the partnership with Momotaro. As one of the world’s top luxury denim brands, Momotaro has helped inspire a denim culture that is alive and thriving. That culture is reflected in the dial of the Denim Watch. The blue-green graduation tone is completely unique and provides a complementary background to the gold indices and hands. A black bevel is crowned with a brass ring on the outside, encompassing the double-dome sapphire. The watch has a 100-metre water resistance. Momotaro’s part of the partnership is clearly displayed in the watch’s band, which is a premium indigo denim material finished with denim-label leather lining. Momotaro’s signature white battle stripes finish off the look.
The Oris x Momotaro watch retails for AUD$3,200, and comes with a Momotaro Jeans bag. This partnership is one that just made sense to have happen, and hopefully, judging on what this first collaboration created, it will make sense to do it again.