Despite the crucial importance of oceans for life, we continue to abuse our oceans. Pollution levels are critical and ocean temperatures are at record highs. There are as many as 2,270 species currently listed as endangered or threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. One of those is the whale shark, the ocean’s largest fish, which is the focus of the Oris Whale Shark Limited Edition.
The new watch has been created as part of Oris' mission to protect the world’s water and draw attention to the issues it is facing. Oris is collaborating with explorer and under water photographer Gerardo del Villar in the production of a series of short films to help people get to know the whale shark more closely, and to encourage them to get involved in conservation before it is too late.
In 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that the global population of whale sharks had halved over the previous 75 years.
Based on the Oris Aquis GMT diver’s watch, the Whale Shark Limited Edition will be produced in 2,016 pieces to mark the year of the announcement by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that the global population of whale sharks had halved over the previous 75 years.
The 43.50 mm stainless steel case is equipped with a bi-directional rotating blue and black (day/ night) ceramic bezel with GMT scale.
Protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside, the blue dial is characterised by the special engraved pattern inspired by whale shark skin. It features large hands and indices with Super-LumiNova treatment. The GMT function makes use of the central hand tipped with an orange triangular arrow to indicate the hour in a second time zone.
The case back is engraved with a representation of a whale shark together with the individual number of the watch. Water resistance is 30 bar (300 metres / 1,000 feet).
The Oris 798 self-winding movement (base Sellita SW 330-1) beats at the frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and offers a power reserve of 42 hours.
Matched to a polished and satin-brushed stainless steel bracelet featuring a security folding clasp with extension, the Oris Whale Shark Limited Edition ref. 798 7754 4175 has a retail price of Euro 2,650 / US$ 3,200. oris.ch