Oris has a long history supporting ocean conservation efforts, and the storied Swiss brand often commemorates these efforts with limited edition watches. The latest collaborative timepiece comes in the form of the Aquis Date Relief, a watch that I got to see in the metal a few weeks back.
But before I get to the watch itself, some background on the related cause. Oris has teamed up with expedition swimmer and water ambassador Ernst Bromeis, who, in 2019, will swim across a number of the world’s significant freshwater lakes—including Siberia’s Lake Baikal, which is the world’s largest freshwater lake—to raise awareness for our ongoing water crisis. According to the World Health Organization, 3.4 million people—most of them children—die every year as a result of preventable water-related diseases. I and a few other journalists had the good fortune to speak to Mr. Bromeis via teleconference a few weeks back as he was preparing for this arduous task. His upcoming swim has been dubbed “The Blue Miracle.” As you may have already guessed, the watch that will accompany Mr. Bromeis on his journey is the Aquis Date Relief.
The Aquis is a mainstay in Oris’ catalog of dive watches, and it’s a great platform for riffing on the underlying design. For some of our past coverage, check out our articles on the Clipperton, Staghorn, and “Source of Life” limited editions.