You may have enough sharks in your boardroom, but in 40 years’ time, marine sharks will be extinct. That is the worrying prediction of leading ocean conservation experts who have tracked the decline of the world’s shark population over the last 50 years.
Oris made its first diver’s watch in the 1960s and has had a close relationship with the oceans ever since. Now Oris is on a mission to make a difference to the future of endangered species, particularly those found in the ocean. The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition, is a watch designed to help raise funds for a shark conservation project run by the non-profit organization Pelagios Kakunjá, and supported by Oris ambassador and professional diver Jérôme Delafosse.
Pelagios Kakunjá’s objective is to understand movements and migratory pathways of the marine world’s top predators. Its latest project will look to learn more about migration routes of the endangered Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) species of shark in the Eastern Pacific. 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.
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.
Jérôme will join the expedition together with fellow conservationists Dr James Ketchum, Pelagios Kakunjá’s Director of Marine Conservation; shark specialist Dr Mauricio Hoyos, who filmed the largest Great White Shark ever captured on film; and record-breaking free diver and underwater photographer Fred Buyle.
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 500 meters. The watch will go sale in June 2017 and will retail at CHF 2,550.