Who says watches are obsolete? In this modern age, watches have become more than just a functional piece that completes your outfit. It has also turned into a vessel to show your advocacy.
This July, Swiss watch brand Oris introduced its newest line of watches that not only boast solid form factor, but they also help save the world’s oceans.
Oris Aquis Date Relief
A high-performance diver’s watch, the Oris Aquis Date Relief is inspired by the color and feeling of water. The grey dial reminds you of the color of a stormy sea, while the watch’s signature diving scale numerals in relief are a reminder of the texture of water and its elemental role in all life.
Cast in a 43.5 mm (1.713 inches) stainless steel case with uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel, the watch is water-resistant up to 300 meters. It comes with a choice of straps or a metal bracelet, and it’s sapphire crystal sits over a dial decorated with applied hour markers filled with luminescent Super-LumiNova. The hour and minute hands are luminescent as well.
Its Swiss Made automatic mechanical movement provides it with a red central seconds hand and a date, seen through a window at 6 o’clock.
Being at the forefront of innovative watch design since 1904, Oris has also been leading the campaign to protect and conserve the world’s oceans. The brand has teamed up with expedition swimmer and water ambassador Ernst Bromeis, who is onto his 2019 The Blue Miracle project, which will see him swim across a number of lakes, including Lake Baikal, the worlds largest freshwater lake, to raise awareness of the world’s water.
Oris Ocean Trilogy
Oris’ collection of limited edition watches is helping clean, protect, and restore the world’s oceans once box at a time.
The limited-edition Ocean Trilogy is made up of three aqua blue-faced watches that come in a box made out of PET plastic bottles retrieved from the oceans. The watches are named Clean Ocean, Great Barrier Reef, and Blue Whale after Oris’ various ocean-saving projects.
The Oris Clean Ocean Limited Edition marks a partnership with Pacific Garbage Screening, which is working on a concept to capture plastic waste in rivers and estuaries before it reaches the ocean, and turns it into energy using a floating platform. The watch is a 39.5mm time and date version of the stainless steel Aquis. It has a gradient aqua blue dial, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and a medallion made of recycled PET plastic set into the case back.
Meanwhile, through the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III, Oris supports the Reef Restoration Foundation, a non-profit that replants corals that survived bleaching events down in the southern seas. It has a 43.5mm stainless steel case, a gradient aqua blue dial, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and a circular date window with a coral yellow indicator.
Finally, one of Oris’ latest endeavors is represented in the Blue Whale Limited Edition, which supports the charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation aimed at protecting the giant of the deep. It is the first Aquis chronograph with a 3, 6, and 9 dial layout. It features a multi-piece stainless steel case, unidirectional rotating bezel with aqua blue ceramic insert, and hands and indices printed with luminescent Super-LumiNova.
All three watches are limited only to 2,000 pieces all over the world.