Oris has just announced that they are officially climate neutral and they have announced their Aquis Date Upcycle where the dial of the watch is made out of recycled PET plastic. While the reaction to the dial has been mixed, the efforts Oris has gone in their goals to a more sustainable future for both the planet and themselves has been remarkable.
While the variants of the watch are perfectly in line with the other Aquis watches, the main highlight is the dial. The watch is not limited edition which is great news, however the dial will be unique to each person as it is made out of recycled PET plastic removed from the ocean meaning all the colours will be completely random. The main concern with the dials is the legibility of the watch, and this will cause some people to wait and buy a watch after confirming that is the dial that they want. This could lead to a large fluctuation in after market prices for the watch depending on how legible and visually appealing the dial is.
The watch is being released in two variants one is a 36mm case size while the other is a 41mm case size. They both come with the same Oris 733 automatic movement with a power reserve of 38 hours and also features a date window at the 6 o’clock position on the dial. Both watches are made out of stainless steel including the bracelet which has a folding clasp with an extension mechanism. The bezel is a uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel that features a scratch-resistant grey ceramic insert which gives a nice contrast to the surrounding stainless-steel look.
Oris with the help of ClimatePartner who are world leading independent climate action experts has become one of the few Swiss watch makers who have reached this point of being climate neutral. For Oris this is definitely not the end goal as they are going to keep working towards the UN’s Sustainability Goals and from 2022, will be aiming to reduce their CO2 emissions by 10 per cent every year. These two new watches will be in production as long as there is a demand for the watches and will be priced at $2,300 and be available through authorised dealers.