On a mission to save the world's sharks, Oris introduce the Hammerhead Limited Edition, a watch that will help raise funds for a shark conservation project run by the non-profit organisation Pelagios Kakunja, and supported by Oris ambassador and professional diver Jerome Delafosse.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global population of Scalloped Hammerheads has declined by up to 90 per cent over the last 30 years.

In 40 years time, sharks will be extinct. That is the troubling prediction of leading ocean conservation experts who have tracked the decline of the world's shark population over the last 50 years.

oris hammerhead Jerome Delafosse.

Project scientists will tag sharks using MiniPAT satellite transmitters funded by Oris. Each transmitter will track the sharks for six to nine months before being automatically released on a set date and floating to the surface, from where they will transmit collected data to satellites. This data will help scientists understand sharks better so they can advise government agencies on fishing practices. Fishing is one of the greatest threats to sharks, which can become entangled in nets while feeding.

"We have to do something about the declining population of the world's sharks", said Jerome Delafosse, who has spent the last 20 years observing the world's shark and dolphin populations. "Sharks play a vital role in the life of our oceans and we must do everything we can to ensure their future. It's our duty to protect them, and I'm thrilled to be working with Oris and Pelagios Kakunja on this fantastic project."

new oris hammerhead steel bracelet

The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition is based on the second-generation Aquis collection, also launched this year. The new line picks up on the spirit and design DNA of the original 2011 Aquis, bringing the same high-performance together with a more stylish silhouette. The new Aquis has a visually lighter feel than its predecessor. But it still offers a uni-directional rotating bezel with a black ceramic inlay, and water resistance to 50 bar (500 metres).

The new Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition is available with a stainless steel bracelet or a black rubber strap.

It is powerd by an automatic movement Oris Cal. 752, based on Sellita SW 220-1, with big day and date at 3 o'clock.

The uni-directional rotating bezel has white minute scale on black polished ceramic inlay.

The case back is embossed with a hammerhead shark and the limited edition number.

oris hammerhead caseback

Limited to 2,000 pieces, the Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition reflects the colour of the ocean with a blue central seconds hand and a blue minutes scale around the outer edge of its grey dial.

The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition is not just a high-performance diver's watch - it will also play a significant role in the conservation of the hammerhead shark. It goes on sale in June 2017, priced CHF 2,350 on a strap and CHF 2,550 on metal bracelet.