Ocean plastic statistics make difficult reading. For example, scientists believe the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), an area of plastic waste drifting between Hawaii and California, is four- and-a-half times the size of Germany. That figure was calculated by the environmental engineering organisation The Ocean Cleanup, which also estimates that 46 per cent of the GPGP is made up of fishing nets that have been lost or discarded. This is particularly serious because while they may no longer be in use, these ‘ghost’ fishing nets still catch and kill marine life as they hover in the water. Experts estimate that up to a million tonnes of fishing nets enter the oceans every year, and that a ghost net will keep fishing for 400-600 years.
It’s only recently that awareness of ghost nets has begun to rise, thanks to the vision and efforts of people like Benjamin Wenke and Madeleine von Hohenthal, founders of our new partner, the social enterprise Bracenet. They became aware of this grim phenomenon while diving off the coast of Tanzania in 2015 and determined to do something about it. They began making bracelets out of upcycled ghost nets, and Bracenet was born. Today, the company makes a catalogue of products and accessories that transform this potentially life-threatening waste product into something beautiful that also makes a statement: change must come.
We present a novelty, the Oris X Bracenet, a special-edition version of the Aquis Date diver’s watch with a spectacular dial made of recycled ghost and end-of-life nets. Making these kaleidoscopic dials involves taking small green, blue and white offcuts and gently warming them until they melt into the raw material. As they cool, they harden into a thin sheet of material. This is then cut to size, planed, and sanded down until it’s just 0.3mm thick. The material contains no additives, fillers or glues. No two dials are the same.
There’ll be two stainless steel versions of the watch, one with a 43.50 mm case and a second with a 36.50 mm case. Both have automatic mechanical movements and uni-directional rotating bezels, and are water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres). More importantly, both are symbols of the change we want to see.
Going deeper than ever before
Oris is ready to introduce the AquisPro 4000m, the most water-resistant diver’s watch we’ve ever created with a titanium case that can withstand pressures up to 400 bar (equivalent to 4,000 metres depth). It’s also loaded with Oris-patented technology, including the Rotation Safety System bezel, designed by Oris in collaboration with professional divers to lock the bezel in place, and our security folding clasp extension system, which means the strap can be easily adjusted for length while the watch is being worn.
It’s also powered by Oris Calibre 400, our high-performance automatic mechanical movement, which offers a five-day power reserve, elevated anti-magnetism, better than chronometer accuracy and 10-year recommended service intervals and a 10-year warranty with registration to MyOris. It’s finished with a blue gradient dial decorated with a wave pattern, a blue ceramic bezel insert with a minutes scale for timing dives, and a blue rubber strap.
Oris X Bracenet & Oris AquisPro 4000m
Oris X Bracenet
Case Multi-piece stainless steel case
Sizes 43.50 mm (1.713 inches) and 36.50 mm (1.437 inches)
Dial Upcycled ‘ghost’ fishing net
Luminous material Hands and indices filled with Super-LumiNova®
Top glass Sapphire, domed on both
sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back Stainless steel, screwed, see- through mineral glass, special engravings Operating devices Stainless steel screw-in security crown with crown protection Bracelet Multi-piece stainless steel metal bracelet, security folding clasp (43.50 mm version comes with clasp extension)
Water resistance 30 bar (300 m)
Number Oris 733
Functions Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window at 6 o’clock, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second
Power reserve 38 hours
Swiss retail price CHF 2,350 Available September 2023
Ref. no. 01 400 7777 7155-Set
Material Multi-piece titanium case, lockable Rotation Safety System bezel, ceramic bezel insert
Size 49.50 mm, 1.948 inches
Top glass Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti- reflective coating inside
Case back Titanium, screwed, special engravings Operating devices Stainless steel screw-in security crown
Water resistance 400 bar (4000 m)
Interhorn width 26 mm
Number Oris Calibre 400
Dimensions Ø 30.00 mm, 13 1/4’’’
Functions Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date, fine timing device and stop- second
Power reserve 120 hours
Vibrations 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Design Blue gradient with printed wave structure
Luminous material Super-LumiNova® Indices Applied
Strap Blue rubber strap, titanium security folding clasp with extension
Availability August 2023 Retail price CHF 5’700.-