Williams is pleased to announce that its long-term Official Watch Partner, Oris, has renewed its sponsorship of the team ahead of the 2015 F.I.A. Formula One World Championship.
2015 will mark Oris’ thirteenth season as a partner of Williams, making the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer the team’s longest standing partner. The Oris logo will appear on the nose of the Williams Mercedes FW37 during the 2015 Formula One World Championship season, as well as the helmets, overalls and gloves worn by the team’s racing drivers and uniforms worn by team personnel.
Oris has a heritage of over 110 years of watch manufacturing in Hӧlstein, Switzerland and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mechanical watches. Its watch designs always incorporate a hallmark red rotor as an integral element of the design mechanism. The Oris designers work with the latest technology at the cutting edge of watch making to meet the highest quality standards while remaining true to the company’s characteristic designs and heritage.
Ulrich W. Herzog, Executive Chairman of Oris, commented; “The prestigious world of Formula One continues to be the perfect platform to promote Oris. The competitive racing environment and commitment to quality and success have always resonated with our brand. Renewing the partnership for a thirteenth season reinforces our continued support and commitment to Williams and I’m looking forward to what promises to be an exciting season following a very successful campaign in 2014.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director of Williams, added; “I’m delighted that Oris will be remaining as a partner of the team for a thirteenth straight season. They are now our longest standing partner and our association has been so successful because of the synergies between our two brands. We are both family run, embrace new technologies, and precision timing is the cornerstone of our industries.”
Oris was founded in 1904. Since the management buy-out in 1982, the company has been privately owned mainly by the board members and the management. In 1985, long before the recent mechanical watch hype, Oris focused on the manufacture of mechanical watches only. Today the strategy remains the same. Oris makes watches for people who are passionate about mechanical movements and who look for genuine, contemporary values. The collection is geared to fulfil consumer needs with the four Oris worlds of culture, diving, aviation and motorsport: real watches for real people.