Swiss watch brand Oris announces the Carysfort Reef Limited Edition, the second limited edition diver’s watch made in partnership with Coral Restoration Foundation, the world’s leading coral restoration organisation.
Oris will donate three 18-carat yellow gold watches from the run of 50 limited edition pieces to the non-profit organisation, which will auction numbers 02/50, 03/50 and 04/50 at a series of events this spring. The purpose of this special gold edition is to raise as much as possible in support of the foundation’s pioneering activities.
Oris has been working with Coral Restoration Foundation since 2014 as part of its mission to bring Change for the Better. That year, the organisation’s founder, Ken Nedimyer, was recognised as Oris’s Sea Hero of the Year and given a grant to help further the foundation’s work. The first watch collaboration followed in 2017 and proved to be a huge success in raising funds and awareness for the foundation.
The Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition is the first Oris Aquis model produced in solid gold. The case is cast in 18-carat yellow gold, complemented by a solid 18-carat gold bezel with a black and blue ceramic insert. The automatic mechanical watch has a GMT function and can show the time in three time zones simultaneously using the 24-hour scale laser-engraved into the bezel.
Coral Restoration Foundation is based in Florida and has become the world’s leading expert on coral restoration. Its reef restoration methods, which reintroduce coral to damaged reefs, have been adopted by a growing number of enterprises around the world, including the Reef Restoration Foundation, which Oris partnered with last year for the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III.
The name Carysfort is taken from the Carysfort Reef, a coral reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary near Key Largo, Florida. Carysfort is part of the Florida Reef Tract, which is the third largest barrier reef in the world and the only barrier reef in the USA.
The foundation has been working to restore Carysfort Reef since 2014 and has already made significant strides towards securing its future. This year, its restoration programme is accelerating. So far, the foundation has returned nearly 25,000 corals to the reef, a figure that will rise to at least 30,000 by the end of 2020. It’s a remarkable achievement, and the result of incredible vision, energy and commitment.
The Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition is based on Oris’s high-performance Aquis diver’s watch and features the same standard specifications, including water resistance to 300 metres. But it is the first Oris diver’s watch produced in solid 18-carat yellow gold – the case, bezel, crown and crown protectors are all made of the precious material. Its hands are yellow-gold-plated and filled with luminescent Super-LumiNova®, including the ‘lollipop’ central seconds hand.
The automatic mechanical watch has a GMT, or second time zone function, indicated by a central hand that makes a full tour of the dial once every 24 hours. A second time zone can be read off against a 24-hour chapter ring on the dial, while a laser-engraved 24-hour scale on the bi-directional rotating bezel can be used to indicate a third time zone. The bezel insert is made of scratch- and fade-resistant black and blue ceramic, designed to indicate day and night time for an additional time zone. The watch has a sapphire crystal over a gradient blue dial that darkens towards the edge, and a date window at 3 o’clock.
The solid gold case back has a sapphire crystal inlay decorated with the limited edition number and a special motif celebrating Coral Restoration Foundation’s milestone of 30,000 corals planted.
The watch is set on a blue leather strap with a rubber coating. Each of the 50 pieces made will be presented in a special wooden box.
Model: Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition
Ref. no. 01 798 7754 6185 – Set
Limited to 50 pieces
Multi-piece solid 18-carat yellow gold case with a bi-directional rotating bezel with black and blue ceramic insert and laser-engraved 24-hour scale
Size: 43.50 mm
Top glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, antireflective coating inside
Case back: Solid 18-carat yellow gold with a sapphire crystal inlay printed with the limited edition number and a special Carysfort Reef motif
Solid 18-carat yellow gold screw-in security crown
Water resistance: 30 bar/300 m
Interhorn width: 24 mm
Number Oris 798, base SW 330-1
Dimensions: Ø 25.60 mm, 11 1/2’’’
Power reserve: 42 hours
Vibrations: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Centre hands for hours, minutes, seconds and 24 hours, date window at 3 o’clock, instantaneous date, date and 24-hour corrector, fine timing device and stop-second
Blue, 24-hour time zone indicator
Hour markers and hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
Dark blue leather and 18-carat yellow gold pin buckle
Swiss retail price
Special wooden presentation box