The ORICO is an artpiece first, and a timepiece later, according to designer Pouya Hosseinzadeh. In fact, his exact words are, “While our technical-aesthetic credo is to open up fine watchmaking to the worlds of art, sport, and lifestyle, our purpose here with the ORICO was to tackle the archetype of watchmaking as fine art, with performance as an added bonus. The ORICO is a timepiece that combines watchmaking tradition with pioneering concepts.” The ORICO comes with a skeletal outer body machined from Grade 5 Titanium for durability. Sitting on its either sides are sapphire crystals that let you peer right into the watch below, from both the front, to read the time, and from the back, to admire its gorgeous mechanical automatic movement.
ORICO’s inspiration stems from geometry and the Fibonacci spirals that manifest on the front as well as the back of the watch. The front uses a spiral knurling texture machined right onto the watch’s dial, punctuated by an asymmetric array of subdials at the 1:30 and 4:30 position (if you’re really particular), and a spring-balance covering a large portion of the lower left quadrant. The watch comes with a crown to adjust the time, a push-button right above it to adjust the date, and phosphorescent dials that make the time and date visible at all times of the day.
Flip the ORICO over and its marriage of maths and mechanics is showcased in further, glorious detail, with the mechanical movement being visible through the exhibition window back. Covering it is a rotor made from of Copper, Bronze, and White Gold, with a similar Fibonacci spiral intricately machined into it. The case is held together with six titanium screws, made visible to enhance the watch’s rugged appeal, and is waterproof up to 30 meters. On either side of the case are uniquely skeletal-looking silicone bands that do a pretty neat job of complementing the watch’s aesthetic sensibilities.
Designer: Pouya Hosseinzadeh