As a brand whose identity is inexorably linked to the water, Oris has a vested interest in helping to protect the oceans and the creatures that live in them. Among its most popular releases in recent years is a version of the Aquis Date diver’s watch with a dial crafted from reclaimed ocean plastic, each of which features a unique combination of colours and shapes. Following the immense popularity of this non-limited release, Oris is back this month with a new watch dedicated to another important tool in ocean conservation: oysters.
The new Aquis New York Harbor Edition is the result of a partnership between Oris and the Billion Oyster Project, an initiative aimed at harnessing the power of oyster beds to clean up the waters around New York City. Featuring a 41mm steel case, a green mother-of-pearl dial (a tribute to the colour of the harbour’s water) and a matching rubber strap, this timepiece is limited to just 2000 numbered editions, each of which features a pair of embossed oyster shells on the case back.
By purchasing the New York Harbor Edition, you’ll be participating in one of the most ambitious conservation projects in the city’s history, which seeks to restore the area’s once bountiful oyster beds to their former glory. Centuries ago, New York’s harbour was home to some 220,000 acres of oyster beds and untold millions of oysters. Aside from their gastronomic value, oysters are one of the ocean’s hardest-working creatures, filtering as much as 190 litres of seawater each day while creating habitat for other sea life and forming natural storm barriers.
Without its once-plentiful oyster beds – long ago harvested to depletion – New York’s harbour was missing a vital link in its ecosystem, resulting in heavily polluted water and species die-offs, while leaving the shoreline more vulnerable to storm surges. Since its founding in 2014, the Billion Oyster Project has successfully seeded 75 million oysters over 14.5 acres with the help of some 11,000 volunteers and is continuing to make progress towards its goal. With the help of Oris and its latest limited-edition, you can be a part of this success story, and harness the power of the humble oyster for the good of the oceans.