Swiss watch brand Oris introduces the Hammerhead Limited Edition, a special edition watch to raise funds for a shark conservation project run by the non-profit organisation Pelagios Kakunjá, and supported by Oris ambassador and professional diver Jérôme Delafosse.
Pelagios Kakunjá’s mission is to understand movements and migratory pathways of marine top predators. Its latest project will look to learn more about migration routes of the endangered Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) species of shark in the Eastern Pacific. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global population of Scalloped Hammerheads has declined by up to 90 per cent over the last 30 years.
Project scientists will tag sharks using MiniPAT satellite transmitters funded by Oris. Each transmitter will track the sharks for six to nine months before being automatically released on a set date and floating to the surface, from where they will transmit collected data to satellites. This data will help scientists understand sharks better so they can advise government agencies on fishing practices. Fishing is one of the greatest threats to sharks, which can become entangled in nets while feeding.
Jérôme will join the expedition together with fellow conservationists Dr James Ketchum, Pelagios Kakunjá’s Director of Marine Conservation; shark specialist Dr Mauricio Hoyos, who filmed the largest Great White Shark ever captured on film; and record-breaking freediver and underwater photographer Fred Buyle.
The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition is based on the second generation Aquis collection, also launched this year. The new line picks up on the spirit and design DNA of the original 2011 Aquis, bringing the same high-performance together with a more stylish silhouette. The new Aquis has a visually lighter feel than its predecessor. But it still offers a uni-directional rotating bezel with a black ceramic inlay, and water resistance to 50 bar (500 metres). The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition is powered by Oris Cal. 752, an automatic movement with big day and date indications at 3 o’clock.
The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition’s stainless steel case back is embossed with a hammerhead shark and the limited edition number. Limited to 2,000 pieces, the Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition reflects the colour of the ocean with a blue central seconds hand and a blue minutes scale around the outer edge of its grey dial. The case back is embossed with a hammerhead shark and the limited edition number.
The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition comes in a special presentation box with an insignia of a hammerhead shark. This timepiece is available with a stainless steel bracelet or a black rubber strap. The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition goes on sale in June 2017, priced CHF 2,550.
Model: Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition
Ref. No. 01 752 7733 4183 MB, Ø 45.50mm
Limited to 2,000 pieces
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 752, based on Sellita SW 220-1, with big day and date at 3 o’clock
Multi-piece stainless steel case, screw-in security crown and crown protection
Water-resistant to 50 bar/500m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with white minute scale on black polished ceramic inlay
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back with embossed hammerhead shark and engraved limited edition number
Grey dial with white/blue minute scale and applied indices filled with Super LumiNova® Polished nickel hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova® inserts
Blue central seconds hand with Super-LumiNova® ‘lollipop’ insert
Black rubber strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust sliding-sledge folding clasp. Also available with a stainless steel bracelet
Special presentation box with an insignia on the inside featuring the hammerhead shark
Swiss retail price: CHF 2,550