BY DHANANJAY PATHAK
For a long time now Oris has shown its continued commitment towards the cause of preserving our Ocean and sea waters. In one such endeavor, a couple of years back, the Swiss watch brand joined hands with the Coral Restoration Foundation in California to help save the rapidly depleting Coral Reefs in Florida. It seems that the partnership has certainly paid off, as to date the two have successfully managed to plant around 30,000 new corals and to celebrate this milestone Oris has released a very special watch, the Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition. This new dive watch features a beautiful blue dial, a practical GMT complication, and a solid gold construction. Let’s have a quick look.
Oris is a brand that is well known for making high-quality mechanical timepieces that are accessibly priced but with the Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition, it has chosen a different path. Instead of more commonly used materials such as stainless steel or titanium, the case on this new watch has been crafted from 18k yellow gold to give the watch a sense of luxury and exclusivity. Choice of material aside, this new watch shares its silhouette with other members of the Aquis family. The case measures a relatively large 43.5mm in diameter and has stubby lugs that are angled downwards to make the watch sit comfortably on the wrist. Sitting on top is a nice and grippy dive time bezel with a ceramic insert that features a GMT scale. Flipping the watch over you have a solid gold case back that has been decorated with a sapphire inlay that depicts the corals underwater and highlights the special occasion behind this watch. Underneath the case back runs the Oris caliber 798, which is a modified version of the Sellita SW330-1. This is an automatic movement that operates at a frequency of 4 Hz, offers an autonomy of around 42 hours, and provides the capability to track a second time-zone apart from the normal timekeeping functions.
Like many previous aqua-themed limited-edition watches, the dial on the Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition has been presented in a beautiful shade of blue with a nice sunburst finish to enable some interesting light to play. As for the layout, there are applied lume filled indices for hours, distinctive hour and minute hands, a lollypop style seconds hand, date at 3, and a triangle tipped GMT hand. To complement the warmth of the case the markers and hands have also been presented in 18k gold and even the text along with the internal GMT chapter ring has been rendered in a golden tone.
To conclude, I would like to say that the Oris Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition is a special watch that not only supports a special cause but also presents a luxury take on a utilitarian tool watch. The watch comes attached to a blue leather strap with rubber coating, and production would be limited to just 50 pieces out of which three watches would be donated to the non-profit Coral Restoration Foundation. The retail price of this bad boy has been set at CHF 17,900.
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