This year, Swiss watch brand Oris is partnering with Seoul KFEM, part of the Korean Federation for Environmental Movements, by issuing the Oris Hangang Limited Edition watch that highlights the plight of the Hangang River in South Korea.
The Hangang is South Korea’s second longest but most important river because it supplies water to the 10 million inhabitants of the country’s capital, Seoul. But years of neglect have left it dirty, polluted and in desperate need of restoration.
Seoul KFEM is a part of the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements, South Korea’s largest environmental non-governmental organisation. One of Seoul KFEM’s projects is to clean up and protect the Hangang River, which runs through South Korea’s capital city.
As part of the new partnership, Oris will be supporting a series of clean-up days Seoul KFEM has scheduled for later this year. During these, hundreds of local volunteers will work along the river to pick up litter, plastic and other harmful pollutants. The events will also help raise awareness of the importance of clean water in Seoul.
To support the organisation’s wider mission to protect the river, Oris is also introducing the Oris Hangang Limited Edition. Sales of the 2,000-piece limited edition watch will help fund the Hangang clean-up project.
The Hangang Limited Edition watch is based on the high-performance Aquis diver’s watch. It has a 43.50 mm stainless steel case with a unidirectional rotating bezel for safely recording dive times. The deep green colour of both the ceramic bezel insert and the dial are inspired by creek waters found at the Hangang’s source.
The Oris Hangang Limited Edition is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres) and is powered by an automatic movement that provides the watch with a small seconds and a circular date window. The case back is decorated with an engraving of a map of the Hangang’s path across Korea, and the limited edition number.
Model: Hangang Limited Edition
Multi-piece stainless steel case, unidirectional rotating bezel with ceramic insert
Size: 43.50 mm (1.713 inches)
Top glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, screwed, special engravings of the Hangang River map
Operating devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown with crown protection
Water resistance: 30 bar (300 m)
Hands and indices with Super-LumiNova®
Stainless steel metal bracelet, security folding clasp with extension
Oris 743 caliber
Power reserve: 38 hours
Centre hands for hours and minutes, continuous seconds hand at 9 o’clock, circular date window with white indicator, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second
Limited edition 2,000 pieces, each delivered in a special presentation box
Swiss retail price