Oris are fast becoming one of the most generous watch manufacturers around with their endless flow of watches that appeal and raise money for charities. Just a few months ago the brand released their Clipperton model to help promote their #changeforthebetter campaign and a couple of months before that was the release of their Movember edition. Now the Swiss brand have unveiled a stunning new limited piece that attempts to bring to light our reckless tendency to waste and pollute water; the new Oris Aquis Source of Life watch.
For quite some time Oris have shown a great amount of passion towards water conservation including ocean preservation and endangered aquatic species, but the new Oris Aquis Source of Life Limited Edition watch is closer to home. This particular limited edition is inspired by the water that runs through the River Rhine, the very same river that runs past Holstein in Switzerland where Oris has been headquartered since 1904.
Oris explains the idea behind the watch:
“Despite growing awareness and the efforts of government and international non-profit organisations, the world’s water continues to come under threat because of carelessness, neglect and waste. Pollution levels are rising – and something must be done. Oris is proud to introduce the Source of Life Limited Edition, a philosophical watch inspired by the River Rhine that highlights the plight of the world’s water sources and marks a new chapter in Oris’s mission to bring change for the better.”
The aesthetics of the Oris Aquis Source of Life watch are also entirely inspired by the River Rhine. On the stainless steel screw in case back is a gorgeous engraving displaying a map of the river alongside the unique limited edition number. The entire colour theme of the watch pays tribute to the water too with a grey Tungsten insert bezel and a striking deep blue grey dial playing centrepiece. The large hour and minute hands, sleek indices and lollipop seconds hand continue to make the dial effortless to read.
What many will find interesting about the Oris Aquis Source of Life is its new fixed date ring decorated around the centre of the dial. This isn’t the first Aquis model to make use of a centre disc but it is the first to develop it for date function. The date ring and hour, minute and seconds hands are all powered by the Oris 733 calibre based on the SW 200-1 Sellita movement, an exquisite automatic mechanism which also offers a power reserve of 38 hours.
The Oris Aquis Source of Life watch comes in a neat 43.5mm stainless steel case equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel and either a sporty rubber strap or a more sophisticated stainless steel bracelet. Both straps also have diving extension clasps for those willing to test out it’s 300m water resistance.
Once again, we can’t seem to praise Oris enough. Their conservation efforts continue to amaze us and when they come in the form of such a stunning watch, what’s not to love? The Oris Aquis Source of Life watch is expected to be released in July and is limited to 2343 pieces. For more information on this watch and where to pre-order your own before its release, click here.
- Case Size: 43.5mm
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Bezel: Unidirectional, grey Tungsten with minutes scale
- Glass: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Case Back: Screw in with special engraving
- Crown: Screw in
- Water Resistance: 300 metres
- Movement: Oris 733 automatic calibre based on SW 200-1
- Functions: Hour, minute and seconds hand, central date ring
- Power Reserve: 38 hours
- Vibrations: 28,800 A/h, 4 Hz
- Jewels: 26
- Dial: Blue with indices and hands coated in Superluminova
- Strap: Available on grey rubber or stainless steel bracelet. Both with security folding clasp with extension
- Limited Edition: 2343 pieces
- RRP: £1,900 (Bracelet), £1750 (Rubber)
- Release Date: July 2018