Oris has partnered with the Reef Restoration Foundation to launch a third-generation Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition diving watch.
Another watch on marine protection? Yes, Oris has continued to focus on the marine environment in recent years. But propaganda is not enough. We must put it into practice.
As the name suggests, this is the third time Oris has created a watch for the world’s largest and most diverse coral reef (the Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,600 kilometers, and can be viewed in space). But sadly, since the introduction of the second-generation Great Barrier Reef watch, the environmental problems of the Great Barrier Reef have not been improved, but have become more serious. The high summer temperatures for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017 led to a wide range of coral bleaching.
How serious is the situation? After a long period of time, the Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 1,500 fish species, 400 hard coral species, 1/3 of the world’s soft corals, and 6 species of endangered sea turtles. Protecting them is the common responsibility of all mankind.
Oris is not alone in marine protection. The Swiss independent watch company has partnered with the Reef Restoration Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2016. The Foundation launched a coral plantation project in Fitzroy Island (also known as Emerald Island or Turtle Island) near Cairns.
The project is still in its infancy. With the support of individuals and institutions such as Oris, the Foundation successfully planted the first coral tree in 2018, which is an important milestone on our way to improving the future.
Oris therefore launched the third-generation Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition, a 300-meter professional Aquis watch with a limited edition of 2000 pieces. The design of the gradient blue dial and water blue ceramic unidirectional rotating diving bezel is inspired by the color of the sea of the Great Barrier Reef. In a 43.5mm stainless steel case, a self-winding mechanical movement brings the watch a small seconds hand and a special ring calendar display.
The third generation of the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition is part of Oris’ plan to improve the world’s marine environment
Improving the world’s marine environment is a major mission of Oris when it specializes in diving watch manufacturing. This year, the Swiss independent watch company has set up a special project for marine protection, which will launch a series of environmental activities and themed watches.
Over the past 10 years, Oris has worked with a number of non-profit public welfare organizations to fund environmental protection projects to promote the importance of water environmental protection in the world. The brand also actively responded to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals promulgated by the United Nations, made a number of production adjustments, and manufactured watches in an environmentally sustainable manner.
‘The ocean is the source of life,’ said Rolf Studer, Oris co-executive. ‘But after years of neglect, the ocean is exhausted. Until the situation is irreversible, we take action and our future is inseparable. Clean ocean. ‘
Special projects for marine protection have initiated a number of new cooperation. The third-generation limited edition of the Great Barrier Reef is the result of the collaboration between Oris and the Reef Recovery Foundation.
The foundation aims to rehabilitate coral reefs that have died of bleaching due to warming sea water by artificially growing corals. The planting operation is progressing steadily, and Foundation Chairman Stewart Christie will introduce you in detail on the following pages.
The third generation of the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition is the first product in the Oris Marine Protection Special Project. ‘We look forward to working with you in combating environmental change and pollution,’ said Claudine Gertiser-Herzog, Oris co-executive.
Reverse the future
Coral Reef Restoration Foundation Chairman Stewart Christie shares with you the importance of the Great Barrier Reef and how the Foundation improves ecology
Please introduce the Coral Reef Recovery Foundation.
The Foundation’s mission is to repair coral plants on the Great Barrier Reef to combat the effects of coral bleaching. The Coral Reef Restoration Foundation (RRF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by senior diver and coral restoration expert Gary McKenna. In 2017, we obtained a first-level license to open a marine coral breeding base in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
What is the motivation behind it?
Gary’s youngest son has snorkeled in coral bleaching waters. He will be reported in detail about the tragic events he has witnessed. Gary was deeply moved. At the time, Gary was working on coral cultivation. He took young corals from his home aquarium and nurtured them to grow. He saw coral cultivation in many other places, so he participated in social enterprise projects and learned how to create and operate institutions to bring more change to corals.
What is your role in the foundation?
I’m a co-founder of the foundation and I currently serve as chairman. I am from Scotland and moved to Australia in 2001 to be close to the sun and nature. I have worked on large-scale volunteer activities and regional sustainable economic development projects.
I am a mentor for a social enterprise project, and I have been asked to partner with Gary because I have seen similar work on Bonaire in the Caribbean. We met in August 2016, and in November of the same year, I became the chairman of the foundation. My business experience and skills can help Gary better realize his ideas. I don’t want to be the last generation to appreciate this amazing landscape.
What is the goal of the foundation?
First, we want to regenerate high-value coral reefs. Next, by the end of 2021, we plan to cultivate and grow 25,000 naturally heat-resistant corals. At the same time, we want to promote the important role of coral reefs and the serious consequences of coral bleaching. Of course, we need to attract more investment, develop more partners, and establish a sustainable development model.
Why is it important to repair coral reefs?
The Great Barrier Reef we see today is 8,000 years old, and it is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world. It resists wind and waves for 2,300 kilometers of coast. It is also one of the most biodiverse coral reefs, with many tropical fish, turtles, sharks, manta rays, manatees and corals.
The Great Barrier Reef is a precious natural heritage in Australia and the world, and is a barometer of the world’s environmental health. If we take action to protect her, what else are we going to lose?
What is coral bleaching?
Coral bleaching occurs when the sea temperature is too high. Corals repel algae that parasitize them, providing them with nutrients and color, and turn white. If the seawater continues to be hot, the algae cannot return to the coral and the coral will die.
Is this the main threat to coral reefs?
Yes. Coral reefs are facing a crisis caused by climate change, and warming seas and hurricanes can cause severe damage. Other threats include reduced water quality and the proliferation of starfish that feed on corals.
How can we deal with these issues?
The scale of threats to the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs around the world is unprecedented, and the resources required to solve them are more than any single organization or even the government. Governments, charities and business organizations, as well as the public, need to work together to invest skills and resources. Hope and optimism are huge forces, so we must continue to publicize and let the public see the positive results of the efforts. Volunteering is very useful, it allows people to feel the problem and take action to solve it, thereby motivating more people.
How to grow corals artificially?
Planted corals are very similar to crop cuttings. We simulated natural processes and selected healthy plants that survived coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017 as the female parent, and took 5 to 15 cm branches. The plants were fixed to a frame and placed in the waters near the destroyed coral reef. After 6 to 12 months of growth, the plants reattach to the damaged coral reef. From a single coral, we may get thousands of new, more environmentally tolerant corals.
How feasible is this plan?
This method has proven feasible overseas. Coral breeding bases in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean can grow 50,000 to 75,000 new corals per year. With the support of governments, institutions and people who want to make a difference in the Great Barrier Reef, we can be successful.
How long does it take to repair a coral reef?
There is no clear answer, but we can say that by predicting environmental changes and continuous investment, the Great Barrier Reef will develop in the best direction.
How can we support reef restoration plans?
First, actively reduce your carbon emissions, which can help mitigate the greenhouse effect and share your actions online. You can then become a volunteer, perform diving missions, or help with publicity and fundraising. You can adopt a coral or donate money through our Coral Rider project.
How did you work with Oris?
We were introduced by Ken Nedimyer of the Florida Islands Coral Rehabilitation Foundation (CRF) and met Oris’ friends. Oris has worked with CRF before and is looking for partners to do similar work on the Great Barrier Reef.
What role does Oris’ third-generation Great Barrier Reef limited edition watch play in your mission?
Being able to work with high-quality watches and socially responsible brands gives us greater motivation to protect the precious Great Barrier Reef. This will also significantly increase the visibility of the project and help us find more people with lofty ideals to participate in.
Finally, what does ‘Go Your Own Way’ mean to you?
That means having a clear goal and overcoming all resistance to achieve it. Winning a bright future for the Great Barrier Reef is our goal. We are the first institution to be approved to establish a coral breeding base in the sea and repair corals on the Great Barrier Reef. We have recently been licensed to develop high-value waters off the Great Barrier Reef, and the foundation is seeking funding to create more coral breeding sites.
Oris Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition 3rd Generation
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Case Stainless steel case, ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel
Diameter 43.5 mm
Dial Aqua Blue
Luminous materials Hand and scale Super-LumiNova®
Table mirror Double-sided arched sapphire with anti-glare coating on the inside
Bottom cover Stainless steel screw-in bottom cover, special engraving: coral plants and Southern Cross (only visible in the southern hemisphere)
Adjusted structure stainless steel screw-down crown
Strap Stainless steel strap; with stainless steel with extension
Water-resistant to 300 meters
Model Oris743 self-winding mechanical movement
Functions: Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, circular calendar display, stop-seconds function
Power reserve 38 hours
Limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide, each watch is equipped with a special case made of environmentally friendly materials.
Time to market: June 2019
Suggested retail price RMB 17,800