Uninhabited and considered as one of the world’s most isolated landmasses, the eco sensitive Clipperton Island sits in the Eastern Tropical Zone located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,100km south of the tip of the Baja Peninsula, on the west coast of Mexico. But despite its remoteness, the French-owned Island and its unique ecosystem are under threat because of illegal commercial fishing and pollution. Its waters are a critical migration corridor for a number of threatened species of shark and pelagic, and several endemic species, on land and underwater.
Earlier this year, traditional Swiss watch manufacturer Oris announced its sponsorship of The Clipperton Expedition, a ‘citizen-science’ expedition led by N2Pix, specialized in underwater imagery and expeditions owned by Canadians Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet. The Oris-sponsored expedition took a group of scientists and conservationists on the arduous 80-hour boat journey to Clipperton to raise awareness of the vital role Clipperton plays in the migration patterns of these species, to gather data to help develop existing shark migration theories, and to effect lasting change that will preserve Clipperton’s ecosystem.
Oris is now following this up with the launch of the Oris Clipperton Limited Edition, a diver’s watch based on the brand’s Aquis series. A percentage of funds raised by sales of the 2,000 pieces produced will go towards the protection of the ocean in upcoming initiatives. Last year, a French ministerial order created a 12-nautical-mile Marine Protected Area (MPA) around the atoll, but the ambition is to secure an extension of the MPA to 100 nautical miles and UNESCO World Heritage Site status for Clipperton.
The Oris Clipperton Limited Edition is a fitting tribute to the atoll and to the work of Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet. It has a gradient blue dial designed to reflect the colour of the water around the atoll, which drops to 60 metres deep just offshore. The 43.5mm stainless steel case is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres) and has a screwed case back embossed with an outline of Clipperton Island and its coordinates.
In addition, the watch carries all high-performance functions the Oris Aquis is renowned for. Its automatic movement provides it with a date function and a sweeping seconds hand, which Oris has finished with a ‘lollipop’ filled with luminescent Super-LumiNova®. This is a significant detail – to qualify for diver’s watch status, a watch must have a display that shows the running of the watch to indicate to the wearer that their dive timing is accurate. The watch also has a uni-directional rotating bezel with a black ceramic insert with a 60-minute counter.
The Oris Clipperton Limited Edition is the next step in Oris’s commitment to conserving the world’s oceans and to bringing change for the better. It follows limited edition watches made in partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation and shark conservation programme Pelagios Kakunjá.
Model: Oris Clipperton Limited Edition
Ref. No. 01 733 7730 4185 MB, Ø 43.5 mm
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
Swiss retail price CHF 1,950 on strap, CHF 2,150 on stainless steel bracelet