The independent Swiss watch company has been supporting and championing ocean conservation programmes for years, most recently through The Oceans Project, which raises awareness and funds for pioneering agencies with game-changing visions.
The latest expression of Oris’s mission is the Blue Whale Limited Edition, the third and final piece in the Oris Ocean Trilogy, a trio of watches based on the Oris Aquis diver’s watch. The new watch is limited to 200 pieces and will only be available as part of a set delivered in a unique presentation case made of recycled PET plastic bottles (right).
The first two pieces in the trilogy were announced at Baselworld this year. The Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III and the Clean Ocean Limited Edition have been made in partnership with the Reef Restoration Foundation and Pacific Garbage Screening respectively.
While those watches focused on restoring coral reefs and cleaning the world’s waters, the Blue Whale Limited Edition turns to the plight of whales, and in particular to protecting the world’s largest animal.
Even after decades of campaigning and greater protection, six out of 13 great whale species are classified as endangered.
Over 1,000 whales are killed every year for commercial purposes, despite a moratorium on commercial whaling and a ban on international trade of whale products.
It’s thought that there are now as few as 10,000 blue whales left in our oceans. These magnificent creatures sit at the top of the food chain, eat four tonnes of krill a day, and can measure up to 30 metres (100 feet) in length and weigh up to 200 tonnes, equivalent to 33 elephants. Their hearts pump 5,300 litres of blood around their bodies and their songs have been recorded at 188 decibels, more than 40 decibels louder than a jet engine.
The mission continues
Oris’s Oceans Project to bring change for the better aims to clean, protect and restore our oceans through a series of limited edition watches
The Oris Ocean Trilogy is made up of three limited edition watches, each created to shine a light on a pioneering organisation and the vital work it’s doing to either clean, protect or restore the world’s oceans and the source of all life – water.
The newly launched Blue Whale Limited Edition follows two watches already released: the Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III and the Clean Ocean Limited Edition. All three are based on the high-performance Oris Aquis diver’s watch.
The Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III is the third watch made in support of work to conserve the world’s largest reef system.
The Great Barrier Reef has been badly affected by two coral bleaching events in recent years, caused by hot summers that warm the ocean waters to levels that mean corals expel the algae inside them that provides them with food and colour. Unless water temperatures cool, the coral will die.
Through the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III, Oris supports the Reef Restoration Foundation, a non-profit running coral planting programmes using coral that has survived the bleaching events.
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 turn it into energy using a spectacular floating platform.
The Oris Ocean Trilogy supports a trio of projects vital to the health of our oceans. It’s limited to 200 pieces and is presented in a special box made using recycled PET plastic.
Top, from left: the blue whale is a symbol of the power and beauty of the oceans; the Reef Restoration Foundation; the recycled plastic medallion in the case back of the Oris Clean Ocean Limited Edition. Bottom: Pacific Garbage Screening’s floating platform will prevent plastic entering the ocean and turn it into energy
Oris Clean Ocean Limited Edition
The watch supporting Pacific Garbage Screening is a 39.50 mm time and date version of the stainless steel Aquis, and limited to 2,000 pieces. It has a gradient aqua blue dial, a uni-directional rotating bezel, water resistance to 30 bar (300 metres) and a medallion made of recycled PET plastic set into the case back (above left).
Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III
The third Oris watch named after the Great Barrier Reef supports the Reef Restoration Foundation. It has a 43.50 mm stainless steel case, a gradient aqua blue dial, a uni-directional rotating bezel, water resistance to 30 bar (300 metres) and a circular date window with a coral yellow indicator. It’s limited to 2,000 pieces.
Oris Blue Whale Limited Edition
The Oris Blue Whale Limited Edition is the first Aquis chronograph with a 3, 6 and 9 dial layout. The new watch completes the Oris Ocean Trilogy, part of Oris’s ongoing Oceans Project.
Case: Multi-piece stainless steel case, uni-directional rotating bezel with aqua blue ceramic insert
Size: 45.50 mm (1.791 inches)
Dial: Aqua blue
Luminous Material: Hands and indices printed with Super-LumiNova®
Top Glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case Back: Stainless steel, screwed, embossed with blue whale
Operating Devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown and pushers
Bracelet: Multi-piece stainless steel bracelet with stainless steel security folding clasp with extension
Water Resistance: 50 bar (500 m)
Number: Oris 771
Functions: Centre hands for hours, minutes and chronograph 1/4 seconds, three subsidiary dials for continuous seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour counters, date window between 4 and 5 o’clock, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second
Power-Reserve: 48 hours
Oris Ocean Trilogy
Limited edition of 200 pieces, each presented alongside the Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III and the Oris Clean Ocean Limited Edition in a box with an outer shell made of recycled PET plastic bottles.
Brushed and polished stainless steel metal bracelet with stainless steel security folding clasp with extension.
Aqua blue ceramic uni-directional rotating bezel.
Automatic Swiss Made chronograph movement with 48-hour power reserve
Limited to 200 pieces.
Aqua blue gradient dial with 3, 6 and 9 layout, a first in the Aquis line.
The Oris Blue Whale Limited Edition is only available as part of the ‘Oris Ocean Trilogy’.
45.50 mm stainless steel case.