ORIS-AQUIS Carisford Reef GMT Edition

Oris replica is pleased to announce the second limited edition dive watch Carysfort Reef Limited Edition manufactured in collaboration with Coral Restoration Foundation, the world’s leading coral restoration organization. By the end of this year, the foundation will transplant more than 30,000 corals on Carysfort Reef in Florida. This is a golden moment for Oris to proudly participate in the celebration.

Oris is committed to raising large amounts of funds for the Coral Restoration Foundation. The independent Swiss watch company will donate three batches of 18-carat gold watches (limited to 50 pieces) to a non-profit organization that will auction numbers 02/50, 03/50 and 04/50 in a series of events. spring. The purpose of this special gold edition is to raise as much funds as possible to support the foundation’s pioneering activities.

Since 2014, Oris has been working with Coral Restoration Foundation as part of its mission to “bring better change.” That year, Ken Nedimyer, the founder of the organization, was recognized as the Oris Marine Hero of the Year and received a grant to help him further develop the foundation’s work. The first watch collaboration took place in 2017, and it proved to be a great success in raising funds for the foundation and increasing its visibility. Oris is very happy to provide support for the important work of the organization again.

The Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition is the first Oris Aquis model made of pure gold. The case is cast in 18-carat gold, and is equipped with a solid 18-carat gold bezel with a black and blue ceramic liner. The automatic mechanical watch has a Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) function, and can be engraved with a 24-hour scale on the bezel to simultaneously display the time in three time zones.

The Coral Restoration Foundation is located in Florida and has now become the world’s leading coral restoration expert. Its coral reef restoration method reintroduce corals to damaged coral reefs and has been adopted by more and more companies around the world, including Oris in cooperation with the Coral Reef Restoration Foundation and last year with the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III.

Carysfort gets its name from Carysfort Reef, a coral reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary near Key Largo, Florida. Carysfort is part of the Florida Reef Belt, which is the third largest barrier reef in the world and the only barrier reef in the United States.

Since 2014, the foundation has been working hard to repair Carysfort Reef and has made significant progress in securing its future. This year, its recovery plan is accelerating. So far, the Foundation has returned nearly 25,000 corals back to the reef, and this number will rise to at least 30,000 by the end of 2020. This is an amazing achievement and the result of incredible vision, energy and dedication.

Carysfort is one of the most iconic coral reefs in the world. Martha Roesler, chief development officer of the Coral Restoration Foundation, said: “Florida Keys, including Carysfort Reef, were the center of the recreational diving industry in the 1950s and early 1960s.”

But in the past 40-50 years, coral reefs have been severely degraded. The coral population of the Keith Islands has been reduced by approximately 98%. Martha explained: “There is an urgent need to restore corals on a large scale to restore Carysfort to a healthy and prosperous coral reef system.”

Why is it so important? Coral reefs are one of the oldest and most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Although they cover only 1% of the earth’s surface, they support at least 25% of all marine species.

Due to these negative changes, many reef-building stony corals, such as staghorn coral and elkhorn coral, have now become endangered species. Martha said: “As the coral communities die, the coral reef ecosystem will degenerate.” ‘If too many stony corals die, the reef itself will reach a critical point, leading to its complete degradation and death. She continued: “Coral reefs are now the most endangered ecosystem on earth.” “Humanity has never faced the extinction of the entire ecosystem, but in the past 30 years, we have lost 50% of the world’s coral reefs. In the next 80 During the year, if no direct action is taken, all shallow coral reefs will become extinct.’

However, nothing will be lost. Martha said: “It is necessary to continue efforts to restore damaged coral reef ecosystems.” ‘Although climate change poses a continuing threat to coral reefs, there is still hope. By mitigating local impacts and ensuring that coral populations continue to exist in the wild, we have the opportunity to reverse the situation and help corals adapt and survive in the future. “

The foundation has developed coral restoration technology that enables them to restore coral reefs on a large scale. Corals can be reproduced from cutting inserts (asexual reproduction), and the foundation has been experimenting with growing coral fragments in the past ten years. Its coral trees (shown on the previous page and above) are now widely accepted as one of the most effective ways to grow corals in the ocean.

Martha said: “If the coral populations in a particular area are restored to historical levels, we can quickly start the natural recovery process of coral reefs.” “By restoring strategic coral reefs with the most critical species, we have created a series of ecological stepping stones, For example, in parks, they act as seeds and begin to weave the entire system together again.”

The limited edition of Oris Carysfort Reef may have a huge impact on the work of the foundation. The auction of the three works donated by Oris to the foundation will be held in a series of events in the United States in February, March and April, and the last one will be the Foundation’s own “Elevating the Reef” celebration. The funds raised from the sale of the remaining limited edition works will also help support its work.

These funds will be used directly to support the foundation’s ongoing project to restore Carysfort Reef. In the next three years, the foundation plans to restore approximately 100,000 square meters of reef area in the entire Florida Keys, which is approximately the size of 17 American football fields. By the end of 2020, Carysfort Reef alone will return at least 30,000 corals.

The foundation’s vision is that Carysfort will become the world’s first reef to successfully perform ecosystem-level restoration. Moreover, thanks to the support of partners such as Oris, we are very confident in this.

In the second half of this year, Oris will launch a limited edition steel version of Carysfort Reef to support the work of the foundation. Martha said: “The collaboration with Oris allows us to raise important funds and raise awareness of our organization and mission by helping us attract an international audience.”

Rolf Studer, Co-CEO of Oris, said: “This partnership is essential for us to continue to pursue change and achieve a better mission. “With the Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition, we are really strengthening our ambitions and our commitment to making the world better. Contribution to the restoration of the coral to its original state. This is a very important project, and we are excited about what the Coral Restoration Foundation has achieved through it.”

The Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition is based on Oris’s high-performance AQUIS diver’s discount watches, and has the same standard specifications, including water resistance to 300 meters. But this is the first Oris diver’s watch, made of sturdy 18-carat gold – the case, bezel, crown and crown protection are all made of precious materials. Its hands are gold-plated and equipped with luminous Super-LumiNova®, including the “lollipop” central seconds hand.

The automatic mechanical watch has the function of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or the second time zone. It is indicated by the central pointer and performs a complete inspection of the dial every 24 hours. The second time zone can be read on the 24-hour chapter ring on the dial, and the laser-engraved 24-hour scale on the bidirectional rotating bezel can be used to indicate the third time zone. The frame insert is made of scratch-resistant and fade-resistant black and blue ceramics, and is designed to indicate the day and night time in other time zones.

The blue gradient dial of this watches online shop has sapphire crystal glass, the edges gradually darken, and the date window at three o’clock. The solid gold caseback is decorated with a limited edition numbered sapphire crystal inlay with a special pattern to celebrate the milestone of the Coral Restoration Foundation planting 30,000 corals. It is set on a blue belt with rubber coating.