In 1982, Peter Vacher discovered the extremely rare Hawker Hurricane R4118 during a trip through India. The British fighter plane had played an important role in the Battle of Britain. After a number of years, Vacher bought the Hurricane and in 2001 had it transported to Britain in order to restore it to its original state. As an experienced designer of classic aviation watches, watchmaking house Oris decided to help Vacher out. After eight years of restoration, the Hurricane R4118 once again regularly flies through British airspace. And naturally, a watch should be dedicated to this.
In honour of the Hurricane R4118, Oris designed the Flight Timer R4118 Limited Edition (€ 2,080.00), limited to just 4118 examples. Just like the aviation watches of the past, this model has a large vertical crown on the right-hand side with which a second time zone can be adjusted. On the left are the buttons and crown. The black dial in the steel 44-millimetre case is inspired by traditional cockpit meters. As well as these classical elements, Oris has also added the modern aspect of the R4118 Flight Timer. The watch is in fact fitted with a High-Mech Oris 674 calibre movement, an automatic timepiece with the distinctive red rotor manufactured by the company itself. Oris makes the acquisition of this limited edition watch truly complete with the unique scale model of the Hurricane R4118 and Peter Vacher’s book about the discovery and restoration of this legendary British fighter plane.