The history of Guatemala is the chronology of events that occurred since the establishment of the Mayan Civilization in the Mesoamerican region until today in the present territory of the Republic of Guatemala and having gone through the Hispanic period that covered part of southern Mexico and Central America for three centuries. The latter is divided into three stages: discovery, conquest, and colonization.
After the arrival of Christopher Columbus to America, Guatemala was invaded by the Spanish in 1524 and it was not until September 15, 1821 that it became independent from the Spanish domination. That was achieved thanks to the political and economic initiatives of the “criollos” from the General Captaincy of Guatemala. After that, Guatemala temporarily attached itself to the Central American Federation State of Agustin de Iturbide’s empire in Mexico. It was in 1847, when the modern Republic of Guatemala was founded, during the conservative government of General Rafael Carrera.
On September 15, 2021, Guatemala will be celebrating its Independence Bicentennial, for which Duty Free Dynamics in alliance with Relojeria Enhora asked watchmaker Oris to design a special time piece to commemorate this momentous event. After several months and with the support of the brand’s regional manager, David Weber, the project was completed, resulting in Oris’ newest model, the Aquis Date Calibre 400 Guatemala Limited Edition.
The Aquis Date Calibre 400 dive watch made its debut at the end of last year, powered by a new and revolutionary automatic mechanism. The 400 gauge is a high precision movement with a tolerance of -3/+5 seconds per day, powerfully antimagnetic under the ISO 764 standard and equipped with a convenient power reserve of 5 days. With recommended 10-year service intervals and a surprising 10-year warranty, the 400 gauge sets the new Oris standard.
The Aquis collection by Oris is recognized worldwide for its contemporary design. This particular version is characterized by its 43.5 mm diameter multi-piece steel case and unidirectional rotating bezel ceramic insert. The metallic bracelet is equipped with the patented Quick Strap Change system, for an immediate switch to leather or rubber straps, by simply lifting a flap without the need for tools.
The Aquis Date Calibre 400 Guatemala Limited Edition was specially customized for the Guatemala market. On the degraded blue dial-- the homeland’s color-- Guatemala’s supreme insignia stands out in white, at the 3 o’clock position. Printed on the reverse, over the sapphire crystal background, the Spanish version of “Bicentennial of the Independence of Guatemala 1821-2021”, an outline of the map and “Uno de 25”, meaning 1/25… Yes, that is right, only 25 pieces were made available, and they are delivered in an exclusive case that displays inside it the map of Guatemala and the legend of the Bicentennial.
Interested in Oris for your travel retail business? Please contact Francisco Suarez, Category Manager for Watches at DFD.