This year at Baselworld, Oris introduced the Staghorn Restoration Limited Edition, a high-performance diver’s watch made in partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation, a non-profit conservation organisation working to preserve the world’s coral reefs. Oris is supporting its vital work through sales of the watch, which is limited to 2,000 pieces.
The Coral Restoration Foundation is a Florida-based, non-profit ocean conservation organisation committed to restoring the world’s coral reefs. It believes that everyday individuals can make ecological change happen, and inspires others through education and volunteering programmes to take large-scale action to secure the future of delicate coral ecosystems.
In 2015, the Coral Restoration Foundation planted 22,502 new corals through its volunteer replanting schemes, and was preparing a further 40,000 to repopulate native reefs. It also hosted 72 dive programmes to educate and inspire ‘voluntourists’ to take action and save our oceans. Its important work continues.
The Staghorn Restoration Limited Edition, part of the Aquis collection, launched this year, and has a number of distinguishing features. The first is its use of color. The dial is dark blue, while key indications, including the central seconds hand and the bezel’s zero marker on the minute scale are in orange. Orange was chosen both to reflect the color of Staghorn coral, and because it’s one of the most visible colors in the low-light conditions found underwater.
The dial features day and date indications. The day is shown through a sequence of seven windows cut into a circle running around the inner part of the dial, each of which fills with orange on the appropriate day. The date is positioned at 6 o’clock, and is also orange.
As with all watches in the new Aquis collection, the Staghorn Restoration Limited Edition features an automatic mechanical movement and a uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel with a ceramic insert for timing dives. This model has a 43.5mm stainless steel case and is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 meters). The case back is decorated with a Staghorn coral embossed in relief and the limited-edition number. The watch will retail for CHF 2000.