New Oris Limited Edition Dive Watch to Aid Pacific Conservation
The little known and uninhabited island of Clipperton lies approximately 1,100km south of Mexico's Baja peninsula, it's closest neighbour being Socorro Island in the Revillagigedo Archipelago, some 945km distant.
The waters surrounding the French-owned island are part of the migration corridor for a number of threatened pelagic species – including sharks – and is also home to large breeding colonies of marine avians, but despite its remote and isolated location, the island is under threat from illegal fishing and pollution.
Earlier this year, Oris announced its sponsorship of The Clipperton Expedition, a ‘citizen-science’ project led by N2Pix, a specialist underwater imagery and expeditions company owned by Canadians Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet. The 80-hour voyage to the island gave a team of scientists the opportunity to gather data, in order to assist with the development of shark migration theories and to raise awareness of the importance Clipperton plays in these migration patterns.
To support the expedition, Oris has launched the Clipperton Limited Edition, diver's watch, a timepiece based on the Aquis series. A percentage of funds raised from the sale of the 2,000 pieces produces will be dedicated to ocean protection initiatives. The French government has already created a 12-nautical-mile marine protected area (MPA) around the island, but the ambition is to extend that to 100 nautical miles and gain UNESCO World Heritage Status for Clipperton.
The Limited Edition watch has a gradient blue dial designed to reflect the colour of the water around Clipperton, and the 43.5mm stainless steel case has a 300m/30atm water resistance rating. The screwed case back is embossed with an outline of Clipperton island and its coordinates.
Beyond these features, the watch has the same high-performance functions as the rest of the Oris Aquis series, including automatic movement with date function, sweeping second hand filled with luminescent Super-LumiNova, and a uni-directional rotating bezel with black ceramic inserts and a 60 minute counter
Other Oris Limited editions have involved their partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation and shark conservation programme Pelagios Kakunjá.
‘We’re proud of our Swiss watchmaking traditions, as well as the quality and integrity of our watches,’ said Oris Chairman Ulrich W. Herzog. ‘But we’re just as, if not more passionate about bringing change to make our world better, and in particular to conserving the world’s oceans. We have been making diver’s watches since the 1960s and have deep links with the underwater world – the Clipperton Limited Edition reflects our commitment to it, and becomes a significant part of our #changeforthebetter vision.’
Features and specifications:
- Limited to 2,000 pieces
- Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 6 o’clock
- Multi-piece stainless steel case with screw-in security crown and crown protection.
- Water-resistant to 30 bar/300m
- Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black ceramic insert with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
- Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
- Screwed stainless steel case back embossed with Clipperton Island and its coordinates
- Gradient blue dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®.
- Nickel hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova®.
- Nickel central seconds hand with ‘lollipop’ insert filled with Super-LumiNova®
- Black rubber strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust, sliding-sledge folding clasp with extension.
- Alternatively available with stainless steel bracelet with quick-adjust, sliding-sledge folding clasp with extension
- Presentation box made using environmentally friendly regenerative algae
- Clipperton Island insignia included inside
RRP: Rubber or leather strap: £1,600.00 / metal bracelet: £1,720.00