Oris is a long-time advocate for leading marine conservation projects. Today, the independent company is on a mission to bring change for the better to the world’s oceans and waterways by raising funds and awareness through a new series of watches.
In late 2018, a story emerged of a dead whale that had been washed up off the Indonesian coast. It was found to have almost 6 kg of plastic in its stomach. Among the items recovered were 115 plastic drinking cups, 25 plastic bags, four plastic bottles and more than 1,000 pieces of other plastic and string. A Greenpeace spokesperson said: ‘If nature had a distress signal to warn us that it can’t take any more of our plastic rubbish, it would look like this – a dead whale with 1,000 pieces of plastic in its stomach.’ Oris has been actively campaigning for cleaner oceans and more wide-reaching conservation efforts for years, but there’s always more that can be done. The company now works with a raft of marine conservation non-profit organisations, as well as a number of individuals, who, like Oris, are on a mission to bring change for the better and to protect the world’s water – the source of life. Oris is taking this commitment another step further with The Oceans Project, a series of watches designed to bring that change, whether by fundraising, working with change-making people and organisations, or raising awareness.
The project starts with a pair of diver’s watches: the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III and the Clean Ocean Limited Edition . Further watches will follow in their wake. The project has three key objectives: to restore reefs destroyed by coral bleaching; to dramatically reduce plastic pollution by encouraging people all over the world to ‘stop and recycle’; and to protect the world’s fish stocks from over-fishing. It’s a big mission – but one Oris believes is critical to the long-term health of our planet and humanity. ‘The world’s oceans are the source of life,’ says Rolf Studer, Oris Joint Executive Officer. ‘But after years of neglect, they are showing the strain. We have to act, before it’s too late. It’s now imperative that we protect and conserve them – our future depends on it.’ The Oceans Project is at the forefront of Oris’s mission to act in an ecologically responsible way. ‘This is a very important initiative for Oris,’ says Claudine Gertiser-Herzog, Oris Joint Executive Officer. ‘We’d like to invite our customers to join us as we fight the devastating effects of plastic pollution. Together, we can bring change for the better.’
It’s around 8,000 years old, can be seen from outer space, and from tip to toe measures 2,600 km. It’s also home to 1,500 species of fish, more than 400 types of hard coral, a third of the world’s soft corals, and six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest and most diverse reef system, but as with reefs around the globe, coral bleaching caused by rising water temperatures has left it under serious threat. Oris returns to the natural wonder for a third time with the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III, a diver’s watch created in partnership with the Reef Restoration Foundation. The foundation is a recently formed non-profit social enterprise that is establishing ocean-based coral nurseries using knowledge developed at the Oris-supported Coral Restoration Foundation to help regenerate damaged coral reefs. Oris’s first coral tree was installed off the coast of Fitzroy Island in 2018, another milestone in Oris’s mission to bring change for the better, and the start of a major partnership.
Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III
Oris’s third watch created in support of Great Barrier Reef conservation is made in partnership with the Reef Restoration Foundation. It features a gradient blue dial and an aqua blue ceramic bezel, recalling the colours of the reef waters. It’s based on Oris’s Aquis and features a small seconds and a circular date window. Only 2,000 pieces will be made.
Today’s ocean pollution statistics are devastating. More than 8 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean every year – that’s one garbage truck full of plastic every minute. By 2050, the oceans will carry more plastic than fish, and an estimated 99 per cent of all seabirds will have ingested plastic. Because of our position in the food chain, we will suffer, too. Now, more than ever, it’s time to turn the plastic tide and save our waters, the source of life. Oris has teamed up with Pacific Garbage Screening, an organisation that collects plastic ocean waste, even microplastic, using an innovative floating platform, and converts it into energy. Oris marks this partnership with the Clean Ocean Limited Edition, a version of the Oris Aquis diver’s watch. It comes with a gradient blue dial and an aqua blue ceramic bezel, chosen to symbolise the beauty and importance of water. To highlight the world’s plastic problem, Oris has set a medallion made of recycled PET into the case back of each of the 2,000 watches produced, and placed them in boxes made of environmentally friendly algae with recycled plastic inlays. It’s another step in Oris’s mission to bring change for the better
Clean Ocean Limited Edition
The Oris Clean Ocean Limited Edition has been created to highlight the threat presented to the world’s oceans by plastic. Each of the 2,000 watches features a unique medallion made of recycled plastic set into the case back. Based on the Oris Aquis, it’s also a robust diver’s watch with a uni-directional rotating bezel and water resistance to 30 bar (300 m).