Oris Watches. It’s probably a brand of watches that you’ve never heard before.
And to be completely honest with you, I have never heard about them too, until a couple of weeks ago, during one of their product launches.
Because they are not really meant to be a household name. In fact, Oris, is actually a brand of luxury watches, catered to the upscale market. Their timepieces are made in Switzerland and the company has been in existence since 1904.
The Oris Aquis Date Relief: The Diver’s Watch
During the product launch, one of the products that was introduced to us is the Oris Aquis Date Relief.
The watch is built typically for divers.
It has a 43.50 mm (1.713 inches) stainless steel case with a uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel and is water-resistant up to a whopping 30 bar (300 metres).
It comes with a choice of either straps or a metal bracelet, and its sapphire crystal sits over a dial decorated with applied hour markers, which, like the hour and minutes hands, are filled with luminescent Super-LumiNova®.
And yes guys, the watch has an auotomatic mechanical movement with a power reserve of up to 38 hours.
The seconds hand as (red with a circle close to the tip as you will see below) is actually a trademark of Oris watches.
The Oris Aquis Date Relief also has a date indicator at the 6 o’clock position of the watch.
Oris Ocean Trilogy: The Luxury Set of Watches that Saves our Oceans and Saves the Blue Whales
During the Oris event which I attended, they also explained how Oris is partnering with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) organization to help save our oceans and save the whales.
In order to help WDC, they launched the Oris Ocean Trilogy – a three-piece set of luxury watches, all based from the Oris Aquis Date Relief, with the intention of raising awareness of saving the endangered blue whale and donating to the WDC at the same time.
What I found impressive is how the box of the trilogy was made from plastic materials. See the photo of the box above?
That came from recycled bottles such as this.
Which they eventually turned into the box for the collection.
Looks beautiful eh? Who would have thought that that came from plastic waste.
The trilogy of watches consists of the Oris Ocean Clean Limited Edition…
…which has a cool back. Notice how the abstract design made from plastic (similar to the design of the collector’s box) is also present in Oris Clean Ocean.
Then over here, you see will the Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III.
Named after the Great Barrier Reef and supporting reef restoration, the watch has 43.50 mm stainless steel case, a gradient aqua blue dial with a yellow indicator. It is limited to 2,000 pieces.
And finally the highlight and newest of them all is the Oris Blue Whale Edition.
Some of its most interesting features are:
- Case: Multi-piece stainless steel case
- Size: 45.50 mm
- Dial: Aqua Blue
- Luminous material: Hands and indices
- Top glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating
- Case back: Stainless steel embossed with blue whale
- Bracelet: Multi-piece stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp with extension.
- Dials: Center hands for hours, minutes and chronograph 1/4 seconds, three subsidiary dials for continuous seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour counters, date window between 4 and 5 o’clock
- Winding: Automatic
- Power reserve: 48 hours
- Water resistance: 500 meters
- The Oris Blue Whale is a limited edition of 200 pieces.
The trilogy collection retails for CHF 9,600 (Swiss Franc) which is roughly 500,000 Pesos.