The Swiss watchmaker Oris made its first diver's watch in the 1960s and has had a close relationship with the oceans ever since. For a very long time, Oris has been active in supporting the World Oceans Day and helping protect and conserve the world’s oceans. In 2017, Oris continues its mission with the Oris Clipperton Limited Edition, a watch dedicated to Clipperton Island, the world’s most isolated landmass. This uninhabited island, a minor overseas territory of France, is a 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi) coral atoll in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America. With the nearest landmass 945km (587.2 mi) away, it is estimated that more people have scaled Mount Everest than have stepped their foot on Clipperton Island.
Believe it or not, even despite its remoteness, the island’s unique ecosystem is under threat because of illegal commercial fishing and pollution. The waters surrounding the island are an important migration corridor for a number of endangered shark species, pelagic, and several endemic species. Earlier this year, Oris has taken the initiative to raise awareness of the vital role the island plays in migration patterns of these rare species. The brand have announced its sponsorship with The Clipperton Expedition, a ‘citizen-science’ expedition led by N2Pix, specialized in underwater imagery and expeditions owned by Canadians Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet. As a part of the initiative, Oris took a group of scientists and conservationists on a 80-hour journey to the island of Clipperton to gather data and figure out ways of how to effect lasting changes that would finally protect and preserve the island.
To further support the project, Oris is following up with the launch of the Oris Clipperton Limited Edition, an attractive new diver’s watch based on the Oris Aquis series. Only 2000 exemplars will be produced, and a percentage of funds raised by its sales will go towards the protection of the ocean. Last year, a French ministerial order established a 12-nautical-mile Marine Protected Area around the island, but the mission is to extend the safe zone to 100 nautical miles and secure UNESCO World Heritage Site status for Clipperton.
The Oris Clipperton Limited Edition has a 43.5mm stainless steel case and a gorgeous gradient blue dial evocative of the color of the water around the Clipperton atoll. The case is water resistant to 300 meters and has a screwed case back embossed with an outline of Clipperton Island and its coordinates. The functions of the watch are the same as in high-performance Oris Aquis timepieces. The automatic movement Oris Caliber 733 (based on Sellita SW 200-1) provides a date function and a sweeping seconds hand filled with Super-LumiNova. The watch also has a uni-directional rotating bezel with a black ceramic insert with a 60-minute counter.
The Oris Clipperton Edition is presented in a special box made using environmentally friendly regenerative algae. Clipperton Island insignia is included inside. The watch is available in 2000 pieces worldwide, and in two options: CHF 1,950 on the strap, CHF 2,150 on stainless steel bracelet.
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