Oris have been responsible for creating exquisite diver’s watches since the 1960’s and have grown a deep and admirable connection with the underwater world. Their new Oris Clipperton Limited Edition watch is their latest addition to their #changeforthebetter campaign which works alongside conservation charities in order to protect and preserve our oceans.
The island of Clipperton is considered the world’s most isolated landmass and sits uninhabited in a zone known as the ETP, or the Eastern Tropical Zone. This stunning remote island has its own unique ecosystem and its waters are a critical migration corridor for a number of species of shark and pelagic. However due to illegal commercial fishing and pollution, the island’s ecosystem is now considered highly under threat.
The Oris Clipperton Limited Edition watch has been designed and released to raise both awareness and funds for The Clipperton Expedition. This ‘citizen-science’ expedition is led by N2Pix, an institution owned by Canadians Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet specialising in underwater imagery and expeditions. With the help of Oris’ sponsorship, the expedition has led a group of scientists and conservationists on an 80-hour boat journey to Clipperton. The expedition is able to raise awareness of the crucial role Clipperton has in the migration patterns of specifies while also gathering data to continue developing existing shark migration theories, both which will assist in preserving Clipperton’s ecosystem.
As well as funding the expedition, Oris are releasing the Oris Clipperton Limited Edition watch next year to raise more money for the conservation of Clipperton. Some of the upcoming initiatives include increasing the Marine Protected Area of the island from 12 nautical miles to 100 nautical miles as well as obtaining UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
The Oris Clipperton Limited Edition watch is a stunning testimony to the beautiful island and the work that Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet have done to help preserve it. It’s Aquis-inspired aesthetic is decorated with a gorgeous deep blue dial reflecting the colours of the water that surround the atoll. The dial continues to impress with Super-LumiNova coated hands and indices making it easy to read in the dark.
Measuring to 43.5mm in size, the Oris Clippertown Limited Edition watch is crafted from polished stainless steel that has been made water resistant to an impressive 300 metres. The case is paired with sapphire crystal glass and a striking uni-directional rotating bezel with a black ceramic insert and 60 minute counter. Hidden within the design is the Oris 733 automatic movement based on the Sellita SW 200-1 calibre which equips the timepiece with hours, minutes, sweeping seconds and a date aperture at 6 o clock.
Turn the Oris Clipperton Limited Edition watch around and you are greeted to a stunning engraved case back displaying an outline of Clipperton island and its coordinates. To complete the diver aesthetic, the timepiece is completed by either a black rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet both fastened by a folding clasp buckle with divers extension.
We are really proud of the work Oris is doing to help preserve our planet and this Oris Clipperton Limited Edition watch is a perfect example of the quality and integrity of both their craftsmanship and charity work. The stunning 2,000 piece limited edition watch is expected to be released in February next year retailing at £1,720 on bracelet and £1,600 on rubber. To ensure you get your hands on one of the very first pieces released next year, be sure to pre-order here.
Specifications: Oris Clipperton Limited Edition Watch (01 733 7730 4185-Set MB)
- Case Size: 43.5mm
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Bezel: Unidirectional with black ceramic insert and 60 minute counter
- Crown: Screw in
- Water Resistance: 300 metres
- Glass: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
- Case Back: Screwed with unique engraving
- Movement: Oris 733
- Functions: Hour, minute, sweeping seconds, date at 6 o clock
- Dial: Blue with Super-LumiNova filled indices and hands
- Strap: Available on stainless steel bracelet or black rubber, both with folding clasp
- Limited Edition: 2,000 pieces
- RRP: £1,720 (Steel bracelet), £1,600 (Rubber strap)
- Release Date: February 2018