Oris have been leading the charge in the global pursuit to combat climate change, and the global commitments to conservation. The brand has famously paired with the Reef restoration project, the clean water project, and a raft of other non-profit organisations, all in support of environmentalism.
The Hangang limited edition is the next step in the brands endeavour to bring awareness to a worthy ecological cause. Oris have partnered up with Seoul KFEM, part of the Korean federation for environmental movements, in producing the new Aquis Hangang limited edition.
The partnership is set to bring attention, and funding, to the KFEM and their project to clean and protect the Hangang river. The river, which runs through Seoul, South Korea’s capital city, is a crucial source of water for the more than 10 million residents of the area.
As well as producing the limited piece, Oris will be participating in a number of “clean up days”, which are scheduled to take place throughout 2020. The state of the Hangang river has deteriorated over the past years due to neglect and ongoing pollution in the area, Oris hopes to improve the water quality significantly through their efforts, and their partnership with the KFEM.
The watch itself shares a performance profile with the successful Oris Aquis line, and will be available in a limited run of 2000 pieces.
The piece will utilise the 43.5mm case diameter that has proven popular within the Aquis divers range, and will feature what has become somewhat of a signature for the Aquis limited editions, in their circular date indicator.
The green of the watch’s ceramic bezel insert and shimmering gradient dial are inspired by the vivid hues of creek waters at the Hangang’s source. This is a green unlike that used in regular production Aquis models, its gradient from murky green undertones of the outer dial, into radiant bursts of fresh mangrove green. The contrasting tones between bezel and dial, and outer dial to the centre are unlike any other green diver on the market today. The bezel of the piece is subdued in its hues, whereas the dial of the new Aquis leaps out from within itself.
We see the usual Aquis hallmarks with 300 metres of water resistance, as well as the use of a screw down crown protected by prominent crown guards. The Oris calibre 743 movement is used to power the timepiece and affords it with 38 hours of power reserve.
The watch comes fitted to a stainless-steel bracelet which features a security folding clasp, and a flip out divers extension should you chose to take this diver to depth over a wet suit.
Noticeably, on the back of the watch Oris have fitted a special stainless-steel plate, engraved beautifully with a map of the Hangang river, as well as the number unique to each of the 2000 watches to be produced.
It is hard not to be a fan of Oris and their recent output of watches, especially those so intricately linked to great environmental causes. Not only is the brand producing some truly high quality wrist watches at relatively affordable price points, they are doing so whilst furthering the global ecological efforts.
If you too would like to support Oris and the KFEM in their pursuits to clean up and protect the Hangang river, the new Oris Hangang limited edition will be available from August 2020 for an RRP of $3,700.00 AUD.