This year, Oris announces a new partnership with Pacific Garbage Screening, a pioneering young organisation that’s developing technology that will help keep the world’s water clean by capturing plastic before it enters the ocean. To highlight the partnership, Oris is also introducing the Clean Oceans Limited Edition, a version of the high-performance Aquis diver’s watch. It’s water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres), and comes with a gradient blue dial and a uni-directional rotating bezel with an aqua blue ceramic insert, symbolizing the beauty and importance of water.
A further symbol of what the watch represents comes in the form of a medallion made of recycled PET plastic set into the watch’s case back. Each of the 2,000 pieces produced will be presented in special boxes made of environmentally friendly algae.
Current research indicates we have a serious plastic problem – our oceans are filling up with plastic waste. Irresponsible practices are making the problem worse, and all life on Earth is suffering. The UN Environment Programme calculates that on average, a European consumes 11,000 microplastic particles a year through fish consumption. A 2016 report by European trade association Plastics Europe estimates that by 2050, two billion tonnes of plastic will end up in the oceans every year, up from 322 million tonnes in 2015, if the amount dumped continues to grow at current rates.
Pacific Garbage Screening is an organization working on a revolutionary solution that will help clean up our oceans. The organisation’s concept is a floating platform positioned in rivers and estuaries that retrieves and recycles plastic litter, converting it into energy and bio-based products, such as biodegradable plastics. The giant structure collects plastics, even microplastics, via a process called ‘inverted sedimentation’. Fins below the surface calm the currents pushing plastic waste under water so that it rises to the surface and the platform can skim it off.
Model: Oris Clean Ocean Limited Edition
Multi-piece stainless steel case, uni-directional rotating bezel with aqua blue ceramic insert
Size 39.50 mm (1.555 inches)
Luminous material: Hands and indices printed with Super-LumiNova®
Top glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, screwed, recycled PET medallion
Operating devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown
Water resistance: 30 bar (300 m)
Number Oris 733
Power reserve: 38 hours
Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window at 6 o’clock, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second
Multi-piece stainless steel bracelet with stainless steel security folding clasp with extension
2,000 pieces, each presented in a box with an outer shell made of environmentally friendly algae and a recycled plastic inlay
Swiss retail price
From June 2019