Oris' Artelier Jumping Hour Makes an Elegant Leap

Unlike a conventional watch that uses hands to display the time, jump (or jumping) hour watches employ a rotating disc printed with digits. Every 60 minutes, the disc instantly advances to reveal the subsequent hour number through an aperture in the dial, while the minutes are indicated with a separate display, often a retrograde.

Though it dates to 19th century pocket watches, the streamlined and animated digital time display imbues contemporary wristwatches with a sense of modernity and elegance, qualities exhibited in new designs from DeBethune, DeWitt, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Oris, which debuted its first jump hour timepiece this year.

Oris' Artelier Jumping Hour (4,100 Sw. francs) offers a more value-driven alternative to this year's pricier jump-hour lineup. The automatic Oris 917 movement is based on a Sellita SW300, with the hour aperture at 12 o'clock, a decentralized minute counter, and a small seconds display at 6 o'clock.

In an unusual design flourish, the minutes and seconds displays intersect. Polished nickel hands and indices highlight the silver dial that has been stamped with a sunray pattern evoking the refinement of expensive guilloché engraving.

The multipiece, stainless-steel case and crown, which provide water-resistance down to five bar, are matched with a sapphire crystal that is domed on both sides and treated with an anti-reflective coating. The screwed case back also uses sapphire crystal to reveal the movement. For those who prefer not to follow the crowd, a jump hour makes a distinctive style statement that also exhibits a dynamic personality at the turn of every hour.

For more, see Jump Hour Watches.

Log in if you're already registered.

Or register for Cigar Aficionado today—it's free.

Registration allows you to:
  • Keep track of your favorite cigars in your personal humidor.
  • Comment on all our stories.

Forgot your password?

Ratings & Reviews

Search our database of more than 17,000 cigar tasting notes by score, brand, country, size, price range, year, wrapper and more, plus add your favorites to your Personal Humidor.