Oris Ocean Trilogy (Price and Specifications)
Oris is on a mission to bring change for the better, particularly to the world’s oceans.
The independent Swiss watch company has been supporting and championing ocean conservation programmes for years, most recently through The Oceans Project, which raises awareness and funds for pioneering agencies with game-changing visions.
The latest expression of Oris’s mission is the Blue Whale Limited Edition, the third and final piece in the Oris Ocean Trilogy, a trio of watches based on the Oris Aquis diver’s watch. The new watch is limited to 200 pieces and will only be available as part of a set delivered in a unique presentation case made of recycled PET plastic bottles.
The first two pieces in the trilogy were announced at Baselworld this year. The Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III (read more about here) and the Clean Ocean Limited Edition (read more about here) have been made in partnership with the Reef Restoration Foundation and Pacific Garbage Screening respectively.
While those watches focused on restoring coral reefs and cleaning the world’s waters, the Blue Whale Limited Edition turns to the plight of whales, and in particular to protecting the world’s largest animal.
Even after decades of campaigning and greater protection, six out of 13 great whale species are classified as endangered.
Over 1,000 whales are killed every year for commercial purposes, despite a moratorium on commercial whaling and a ban on international trade of whale products.
It’s thought that there are now as few as 10,000 blue whales left in our oceans. These magnificent creatures sit at the top of the food chain, eat four tonnes of krill a day, and can measure up to 30 metres (100 feet) in length and weigh up to 200 tonnes, equivalent to 33 elephants. Their hearts pump 5,300 litres of blood around their bodies and their songs have been recorded at 188 decibels, more than 40 decibels louder than a jet engine.
If we can’t protect the blue whale, what hope is there for the health of our planet?
With this focus, Oris is proud to announce that the Blue Whale Limited Edition is produced in partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the leading charity devoted to the protection of whales and dolphins.
“We’ve been very intentional about our mission to bring change for the better,” says Oris co-chief executive Rolf Studer. “The environmental challenges the world faces are real, and we believe that both individuals and corporate entities have a responsibility to overcome them. The Blue Whale Limited Edition is a very special watch, produced in unusually small quantities for Oris, and the perfect symbol of the dangers facing the blue whale. We’re extremely proud to be working with Whale and Dolphin Conservation and look forward to seeing the change our partnership will bring.”
Turning trash into treasure
The story behind the Oris Ocean Trilogy box
The process begins with used plastic bottles. Only chemically inert recycled plastic waste is selected
Plastic bottles are shredded into small pieces
Pieces are arranged by hand and then pressed into a panel. Each panel is unique
The panels are cut to size and assembled into the Oris Ocean Trilogy presentation box’s outer shell
The giant of the deep
The blue whale is the largest animal on the planet. But after centuries of poor treatment, the species is currently listed as endangered.
Oris’s new partner, the charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), has been funding vital research and conservation projects for 30 years. It calculates there were once around 350,000 blue whales in our oceans, but pre-industrial hunting decimated the population, and it’s thought there are now only between 10,000 and 25,000 left.
The Oris Blue Whale Limited Edition supports WDC’s work. Based on the Oris Aquis diver’s watch, it has a 45.50 mm stainless steel case water-resistant to 50 bar (500 metres), an aqua blue ceramic bezel and a graduated aqua blue dial. Inside it is an automatic Swiss Made chronograph movement, powering the first ever Aquis 3, 6 and 9 chronograph dial layout. The case back carries an embossed blue whale and the limited edition number. Only 200 pieces will be made, and the watch is only available as part of the Oris Ocean Trilogy set, which comes in a special presentation box made of recycled PET plastic.
Oris Blue Whale Limited Edition
The Oris Blue Whale Limited Edition is the first Aquis chronograph with a 3, 6 and 9 dial layout. The new watch completes the Oris Ocean Trilogy, part of Oris’s ongoing Oceans Project
Case: Multi-piece stainless steel case, uni-directional rotating bezel with aqua blue ceramic insert
Size: 45.50 mm (1.791 inches)
Dial: Aqua blue
Luminous material: Hands and indices printed with Super-LumiNova
Top glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, screwed, embossed with blue whale
Operating devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown and pushers
Bracelet: Multi-piece stainless steel bracelet with stainless steel security folding clasp with extension
Water resistance: 50 bar (500 m)
Number: Oris 771
Functions: Centre 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, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second
Power reserve: 48 hours
Oris Ocean Trilogy
Limited edition of 200 pieces, each presented alongside the Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III and the Oris Clean Ocean Limited Edition in a box with an outer shell made of recycled PET plastic bottles
The price for the Oris Ocean Trilogy is CHF 9,600 and will be available from June 2019.