Oris Aquis Clipperton Limited Edition Watch Review
Monday - 22 January 2018
Oris' #changeforthebetter campaign takes us all the way to Clipperton Island - an uninhabited atoll in the Eastern Tropical Zone (ETP) - which is under threat due to illegal commercial fishing and pollution. The waters that surround the French-owned isolated landmass is a migration corridor for many species of shark and pelagic fish; a route that is becoming critical due to the thoughtless behaviour of human lifestyle. The island situated approximately 1,100km south of the tip of the Baja Peninsula, on the west coast of Mexico is inhabited by unique species that live underwater and on land. In an attempt to conserve the beautiful life that’s made its home in this remote geographic location and to raise awareness, Oris have released the Clipperton Limited Edition.
Prior to the release, Oris proudly sponsored the Clipperton Expedition. Led by N2Pix, a team of scientists and conservationists made the exhausting 80-hour journey to Clipperton to highlight the important part that the island has in the migration patterns of these particular species. The group gathered vital data to develop shark migration theories and to help preserve Clipperton’s ecosystem. The next step for Oris was to design an exclusive model to help fund the project further – this is where the new release comes in.
Based on the iconic Oris collection, the Aquis, the new divers watch features a beautiful gradient blue dial, which echoes the shade of the ocean that circles the atoll. Water resistant to 300 metres, the instrument reaches impressive depths to honour the incredible work of Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet – co-owners of N2Pix. Also, with depths reaching 60 metres just offshore, a stainless steel case that protects to 300 metres is required. Turn the stunning design to witness a screwed case back embossed with an outline of Clipperton Island and its coordinates.
Oris’ strong links with the underwater world, guarantee that the Clipperton divers watch performs to the exceptional standards that the Aquis collection is recognised for. Powered by an automatic movement, the design boasts a date function at 6 o’clock and a sweeping seconds hand that comes to life underwater due to the luminescent Super-LumiNova. To finish, the design has a uni-directional rotating bezel with a black ceramic insert and 60-minute counter.
As always, the new Oris watch proudly reaches diving status with functions that guarantee visibility and an accurate reading. The luxury brands passion for conserving the world’s oceans and changing current situations for the better is at the core of this new edition with a percentage of the sales going towards the cause.