Oris backs Movember’s campaign for better men’s health, and teams up with New York Yankees’ Manager Aaron Boone
Oris partners with Movember and New York Yankees’ Manager Aaron Boone in its mission to bring change for the better This autumn, Oris is partnering with two of the world’s most powerful agents of community in its bid to bring change for the better: the pioneering men’s health charity Movember, and manager of the New York Yankees baseball team, Aaron Boone.
‘As an independent Swiss watch company, Oris has the freedom to go its own way and to choose projects we consider not just important, but urgent,’ says Rolf Studer, Oris Joint Executive Officer. ‘One of those is men’s health, which is why we’re working with Movember, a charity working to stop men dying too young.
‘Movember is doing incredible work to promote action and awareness around men’s physical and mental health,’ he continues. ‘We’re delighted to present the Oris Movember Edition, a special version of the iconic Oris Chronoris in support of the charity.’
Fans come from all walks of life, but they unite in support of the team’s pursuit of victory. Similarly, Oris is bringing its community together to bring change for the better. As well as spearheading a worldwide fundraising campaign, Oris will donate part of the proceeds from the Movember Edition to Movember.
Building stronger communities
How can we stop men dying too young? Oris and Movember unite to bring change through community, inspired by fans of the iconic New York Yankees
Too many men are dying too young. Experts calculate that prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years, while testicular cancer rates have doubled in the last 50. Each year, more than 500,000 men die by suicide around the world, meaning men account for three quarters of all suicides. Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-old men.
Movember was founded in 2003 and has grown rapidly since. It has now supported more than 1,250 projects around the world that address these issues. Oris is proud to be one of the charity’s supporting partners.
‘Men’s health is in crisis,’ says Simon Traynor, Movember’s Executive Director. ‘Right now, too many men are dying too young from the issues we’re tackling; prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.’
Movember has seen how community can help men struggling with serious health issues. Much like Yankees fans lift the team in times of adversity, Movember is looking for supporters who can help make a difference.
‘Whatever you do, from growing a moustache, to hosting an event, or getting active and taking on a physical challenge – it can all start a dialogue and save a man’s life,’ Simon continues. ‘Our bold vision is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 per cent by 2030. And, for the third year running, with the help of Oris and the Oris community, we will take another important step towards achieving that. Oris has become a significant partner in spreading awareness and raising vital funds.’
Community is a major focus for the New York Yankees. On the following pages, team manager Aaron Boone explains his powerful philosophy: that brotherhood and community are critical components in success.
“Movember’s bold vision is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 per cent by 2030”
The value of the right mindset
Aaron Boone, manager of the world’s most famous baseball team, the New York Yankees, talks to Oris about how team mentality and community support are critical to success
What’s your role at the New York Yankees?
I’m the manager of the New York Yankees. I head up our coaching staff and players on the field. I get us prepared to go out and try and win as many games as we can, and chase after that next championship.
Does your approach to management include a core mantra?
I don’t know if I have a core mantra, but our expectation of our guys – and I tell them this all the time, not just because it’s an expectation but because they’re great players – is we want to come and dominate. That’s our expectation. We have a bunch of guys that are very hungry and do a really good job in being relentless in the way they prepare every day. In a sport in which you play 162 games, one of the biggest challenges is having that consistent mindset, effort level, focus level and work ethic on a daily basis. You’ve got to be able to compartmentalise every day. No matter what happened yesterday, good or bad, you’ve got to be able to lock in and turn the page. I feel like our guys do a great job and that’s something we try to drive home all the time – today is the most important day. It’s served us well so far.
How do you think the support of fans in the community impacts the players?
We feel like at Yankee Stadium we have one of the great home advantages in all of Major League Baseball. Our fans are knowledgeable and passionate. Obviously, we have amazing history with this franchise. A history of winning. A history of excellence. And I would say to a man, our guys absolutely feed off the energy of our fanbase. Any time we’re playing in a tight game, a big game, you can sense the fans getting behind us here at Yankee Stadium. It means a lot to everyone.
How does the team come together to support players who are struggling?
Struggles are part of Major League Baseball. Success, failure, adversity – they’re all inevitable in our game, and I think one of the prerequisites to being successful as a Major Leaguer is you’ve got to be able to deal with those things. Not only as a team, but individually and on a daily basis. The really good teams help establish a culture where when a guy is struggling, they create an environment that addresses those things.
We want that our guys can’t wait to get here, to work and improve. We all play a role in that. From myself to coaches and players, supporting one another so we can get the most out of each and every guy.
A team that works well can be like a brotherhood – do you try and foster this mentality, and if so, how?
The culture we create in our clubhouse is so important. Part of that is a brotherhood. Some of the best clubs I played for, the culture was strong because everyone was so supportive of one another. In the end, you’ve all got to pull the same way and have the same drive and mission to be out there and be the best team we can be. I absolutely believe that a strong culture shows up and wins over a long season.
How do you manage the pressures your players face so they perform to their best?
We try and prep behind the scenes, so that when we go out between those lines and when the game starts, we’re just playing and reacting to all the work we’ve already put in. When you have really good players and they’re prepared, ultimately they’re going to walk out on that field and hopefully the best can come out of them. And that’s what we try and focus on. Being prepared for every single day. Then when it’s time to go play, turn your brain off – and go play.
What mental and physical health challenges do you have to deal with at the moment?
One of the challenges we face is that we’ve had a lot of guys fall to injury. Some guys have been out most of the year, some guys have come back and then returned. It’s been one of our challenges we’ve had to deal with and one of the inevitable adversities we have to face as a club. I feel we’ve handled
it really well. We’ve had a number of guys from within the organisation, from within our minor league system, or even from outside the organisation who have come and really stepped up and filled impactful roles for us that have allowed us to be in a position to have a great season. So many people have stepped up in the face of different health challenges we’ve had. Obviously, injuries might not be as serious as life-threatening illnesses or mental health problems, but they can be linked. It’s important we have a strong and supportive culture to look after our players, our team and our community so that when there’s a problem, we can get passed it in the right way.
What does being part of the New York Yankees mean to you and your players?
One of the things you think of with the Yankees is the hat. Wherever you are, here in New York or anywhere around the world, chances are you’re going to come across someone wearing this iconic hat. That gives us a sense of pride and a sense of responsibility. We understand the responsibility that it is to wear this hat. To be a part of that and to be in the community, it makes you proud.
“Success, failure, adversity – they’re all inevitable in our game. You have to be able to deal with them”
“Today’s the most important day. I absolutely believe that a strong culture shows up and wins over a long season”
Look after yourself – and each other
Around the world, men die an average six years younger than women for reasons that are largely preventable. Here, Movember offers five tips on how to live a longer, healthier life
- Spend time with your favourite people
Stay connected to your best mates. Make time for each other. Catch up regularly. Ask ‘how are you?’ – and mean it.
- Talk more, listen more
Statistics show we’re here for our mates, but that we don’t rely on them ourselves. You don’t have to be an expert or the sole solution.
- Get yourself checked out
At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer. If you’re black, or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, do it at 45.
- Examine your bits and pieces
Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Check them regularly, and if something doesn’t feel right, go and see your doctor.
- Get up and get moving
Be more active and find ways to move more. Might be a walking meeting, or getting off the bus a stop early. Physical and mental health go together.
Oris Movember Edition
Oris marks its partnership and support of the pioneering men’s mental health charity Movember with a special edition Chronoris
Case Multi-piece stainless steel case
Size 39.00 mm (1.535 inches)
Dial Black with rose gold-plated hour and minutes hands, orange seconds hand and white indices Luminous Material Hands printed with Super-LumiNova®
Top Glass Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case Back Stainless steel, screwed, special engravings
Operating Devices Stainless steel crown at 2 o’clock for setting time and winding; second crown at 4 o’clock for adjusting inner rotating bezel
Bracelet Available in two different sets with either a brown leather strap with stainless steel buckle or a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp
Water Resistance 10 bar (100 m)
Number Oris 733
Functions Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window at 3 o’clock, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second
Power-Reserve 38 hours
Extras Both sets supplied in a special presentation box with a leather travel pouch and a red and white NATO fabric strap with stainless steel buckle