As everyone knows for a few years now, among the watch brands that have made the most efforts to contribute to a more sustainable world is Oris, whose contribution is not only made through the materials used in its watches but also through numerous support initiatives, with a special focus on cleaning and protecting the oceans.
And it is on this commitment that Oris now joins the Billion Oyster Project, which aims to restore one billion oysters to New York Harbor by 2035. The role that oysters play for the oceans is comparable to the role of trees for forests, as an adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day and a colony of oysters create ecosystems for other marine life.
It was at the beginning of the 20th century that the port of New York was the scene of numerous industrial waste dumps, whose levels of pollution almost destroyed all marine life in that area. It was not until 1972, with the change to the “New York Clean Water Act”, that the dumping of this waste was prohibited and marine life began to be recovered.
It is in this context that in 2014 the Billion Oyster Project was created by Murray Fisher and Pete Malinowski, who set out to change the course of history through the education of current and future generations, to date the numbers are quite encouraging, introducing 75 million juvenile oysters at 18 recovery sites covering 14.5 acres of New York Harbor, only made possible by the efforts of more than 11,000 volunteers, 8,000 students, 100 NY schools and 50 partner restaurants.
And as much as we love to talk here and praise initiatives that contribute to a sustainable world, we immediately move on to what most unites us, the watch.
Based on the Aquis model, the watch featured the traditional 41.5mm stainless steel case, unidirectional steel bezel with embossed minute scale, crown at three o’clock flanked by robust guards, and domed sapphire crystal, case back engraved with a drawing of oysters and individually numbered and 300m water resistance.
It is in the dial that the biggest “treasure” of this watch is hidden, provided by a beautiful green mother-of-pearl dial inspired by the colours of the waters of New York harbour and that makes each watch unique. It is on this basis that rhodium-plated hands and hour indexes in white filled with Super-LumiNova, a date window at 6 o’clock and the usual white inscriptions of the brand at 3 o’clock and the “Aquis” model at 6 o’clock, followed by the water resistance indication.
Inside is the Oris 733 automatic movement based on the Sellita SW200-1, which comes with a red rotor but is hidden by the solid case back, which operates at 28,800 Vph and offers up to 38 hours of power reserve.
The watch is offered with a three-link steel bracelet with a folding clasp and a green rubber strap that perfectly matches the watch dial.
Finally, it should be noted that this is a limited edition of 2,000 units, which can be purchased at the brand’s official boutiques and authorized retailers for the recommended price of € 2,400, and reminding the proceeds of which go in part to the Billion Oyster Project.
If the initiative alone was a reason to applaud the new watch, it’s not far behind.
The simplicity and uniformity of the entire steel case, with a green mother-of-pearl dial, results in perfection and makes it a versatile watch that can be worn dress up and dress down, and that will certainly not go unnoticed by the most attentive eyes.
In the end, we can only congratulate Oris for the beautiful initiative and also for this beautiful Aquis.
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Model: Aquis New York Harbor Limited Edition
Dial: Green madre-of-pearl
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Dimensions: 41.5 mm diameter
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Stainless steel
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Green rubber strap and an additional stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp
Caliber: Oris 733
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Frequency: 28,800 Vph
Power Reserve: 38 Hours
Price: € 2,400
Limited Edition: Yes, 2,000 pieces