22 February 2013. Grove, UK – The Williams F1 Team (Ticker: WGF1) is pleased to announce that its long-term Official Watch Partner, Oris, has again renewed and upgraded its sponsorship of the team ahead of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship.
This will be Oris’ eleventh full season as an Official Partner of the Williams F1 Team, after entering into partnership in 2003 and having subsequently enjoyed a strong relationship. For 2013, the Oris logo will feature on the cars’ front wing and cockpit shoulders. Oris will also continue its presence on the driver and mechanic overalls, driver gloves and driver helmets.
Oris has a heritage of over 100 years of watch manufacturing in Hӧlstein, Switzerland and is the world’s leading manufacturer 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.
Ulrich W. Herzog, Executive Chairman of Oris, commented: “The prestigious world of Formula One continues to be the perfect platform to promote Oris and renewing the partnership reinforces our support and commitment to the Williams F1 Team. We at Oris identify ourselves with the competitive racing environment and the commitment to quality and success.”
Sir Frank Williams, Team Principal of the Williams F1 Team, added: “It gives me great pleasure when one of our existing partners renews their engagement with the team, especially when it is one of the longest standing relationships in our sponsorship portfolio. We very much look forward to continuing our relationship with them in the season ahead and I’d like to thank them for their continued support.”
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.