Oris’ latest diver’s watch is inspired by a submarine volcano located off the coast of El Hierro, the most south-western of the Spanish-owned Canary Islands.
The independent Swiss watchmaker Oris has partnered with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) to support three student scholarships at the Faculty of Marine Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). The travel scholarships will be open to those studying for a Master’s degree in oceanography and will include internships which will be framed to the Master thesis project in relation to the El Hierro volcano. Despite being a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2000, the volcanic El Hierro is the least studied of the Canary Islands.
Funds for Oris’s contribution to the scholarship will be raised through sales of the Oris El Hierro Limited Edition watch, a black DLC-coated version of the Oris Aquis. The back of the watch will feature an engraving of the volcano and its coordinates. The new El Hierro Limited Edition watch mimics the volcanic rock with its black and grey colour scheme, while the red used on the bezel minutes scale, dial and central seconds hand represent molten lava.
The watch is powered by an automatic movement and has all the features common to Oris’s collection of Aquis diver’s watches, including a unidirectional rotating bezel with a ceramic inlay; a crown protection device; water-resistance to 30 bar/300m, and a black rubber strap with the Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust sliding-sledge folding clasp.
The Oris El Hierro Limited Edition joins an exclusive list of limited edition diving watches made by the independent Swiss brand. Like each of its predecessors, it’s a high-functioning tool that contributes to the work of an environmentally focused organisation. It will be limited to 2,000 pieces, is available from May, and will be priced CHF 1,950.
Model: Oris El Hierro Limited Edition
Ref. No. 01 733 7653 4783 Set RS, Ø 43.00mm
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 black DLC coating
Stainless steel screw-in security crown and crown protection with black DLC coating
Water-resistant to 30 bar/300 metres
Diver’s unidirectional rotating bezel with red and grey minute scale on black ceramic inlay
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back with black DLC coating and embossing of the submarine volcano at El Hierro Island and its coordinates
Black dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®
Black nickel hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova ® inserts
Red nickel central second hand with Super-LumiNova® ‘lollipop’ insert
Black rubber strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust sliding-sledge folding clasp coated in black DLC
Swiss retail price: CHF 1,950