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Saving a threatened worldThe new Oris Staghorn Restoration Limited Edition

The world’s coral reefs face a grave threat. According to reports, one quarter of these delicate ecosystems have already been damaged beyond repair through bleaching, overfishing and careless tourism, with two-thirds of what remains under further threat.

But it’s not too late to do something about it. Oris is pleased to announce the Oris 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.

The Coral Restoration Foundation is making a tangible difference to the world’s oceans. In 2015, it outplanted 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 next-generation Aquis collection

The Staghorn Restoration Limited Edition is part of the sleek next-generation Aquis collection launched this year, and has a number of distinguishing features. The first is its use of colour. 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 punchy orange. Orange was chosen both to reflect the colour of Staghorn coral, and because it’s one of the most visible colours in the low-light conditions found underwater.

The dial is punctuated by 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 metres). The case back is decorated with a Staghorn coral embossed in relief and the limited edition number.

Oris is deeply committed to our ocean life,’ said Oris Chairman Ulrich W. Herzog. ‘We’ve been making diver’s watches for more than 50 years and during that time we’ve worked with a number of pioneering environmental charities and organisations. Today, we are so pleased to be working with the Coral Restoration Foundation. It’s an ongoing part of our company vision to support conservation efforts and when we learned about the foundation’s outplanting programme, we felt inspired. Thanks to the foundations tireless efforts, there is a solution to the threat facing the world’s coral reefs, and we wanted to offer our support. The Oris Staghorn Restoration Limited Edition will make a huge difference to securing the future of this precious ecosystem. My thanks to all those who choose to join us in this vitally important quest.’