Oris’ Limited Edition Launch on the Great Barrier Reef

Man of Many recently attended an event held by Oris in honour of their latest piece, the Great Barrier Reef II limited to 2000 watches worldwide. Before we kick off, we wanted to extend a warm thank you to the Oris team who organised an event that was not only highly enjoyable, but also extremely informative. You see, this was more than a “watch” event. It was organised, in collaboration with members of the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), of whom about a quarter of their total national team were present (that’s about 5 people!!). But in that small quintet lay a foundation of knowledge of our Great Barrier Reef that was astounding and really very eye opening.

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Without delving too deep into the issues at hand threatening the Great Barrier Reef, we were given the opportunity to learn about the various threats to the very existence of the reef. During our time on the reef, we were spoken to by various members of the AMCS, each of whom broke down those threats to us in plain and simple English: we are the threat. Our obsessive need for “more” is the reason why vast areas of the coral reef are dying or already dead. One of the members of the AMCS, Imogen Zethoven, explained to us that in order for the reef to do a full one-eighty and recover over the next few decades then we would need to embrace the ever-present source of renewable energies, as opposed to our traditional reliance on fossil fuels.

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We won’t speak for everyone who attended the event, but our eyes were opened wide by the event’s proceedings. The team at AMCS broke down the issues to us in the simplest of ways, and each and every one of us left that reef with a greater appreciation of what we have. The notion of “we don’t know what we’ve got until its gone” is ever present in our minds when we think about the Great Barrier Reef, and we’ll always absolute advocates and supporters of their campaign to save the reef. Along with the combined efforts of Oris and their reach to such influential people at their event, the task at hand hopefully just got a whole lot easier!

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Now on to the watch, which we’d posted a brief review about a few months back, but we’ll get down to the nitty-gritty in this article. First off, the dial, and damn what a dial! It mimics the ever-changing blue iridescence of the Great Barrier Reef’s waters. From a light blue as the sun glistens and shines on the shallower parts of the reef, then to a darker hue of blue when the sun shines on a deeper part of the ocean. The yellow highlights represent the vibrant colours of the coral in the reef, and while there are more colours in the reef, yellow was deemed the most legible for underwater time-telling (Oris thinking outside the box as per usual!). If you look closely enough, you’ll be able to notice that the chapter ring around the dial isn’t exactly printed on the dial itself, rather it is floating between the dial and the sapphire crystal.

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Another stand out feature of this piece is the innovative way you’d read the day-date complication. Traditionally shown in a window, all seven days are marked on an inner chapter ring on the dial. Below each day-window is a small aperture that turns yellow to indicate the day. An unbelievably simple concept, yet extraordinarily difficult in production, but as always executed to perfection in-house at Oris. Depth gauge is about 500 metres, and while it seems hefty at 46mm, its size is perfect as the watch sits quite low on your wrist. It comes on either a stainless steel bracelet or a black rubber strap (We’d choose the rubber strap), and wears extremely comfortably. It’s the perfect kind of everyday watch, regardless of your strap choice. Powered by the conventional calibre 735, based on the Sellita SW 220-1, it boasts about 38 hours worth of power reserve. A triumph of watch making ingenuity and real world practicality, and with pricing well under the $4000AUD mark, you honestly can’t go wrong with its everyday functionality.

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We’d like to say thank you to the team at Oris for putting together such an enjoyable event, specifically Michael Meier, the Switzerland based Regional Manager, Peter Borghouts, the Australian General Manager, Hillel Shafner, the Logistics and Aftersales Manager and Sarah Bishop, the pleasant and ever lovely Administration and Assistant Public Relations Manager. We’d also like to thank the team at AMCS for bringing to light the issues that our great reef faces, and for dumbing down the absurdly complex nature of those issues!

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Images by Kristian Dowling.