Oris’s latest diver’s watch, the high-performance Oris Aquis Date Relief, comes with one clear objective: to raise awareness of the importance of water conservation. The brand ambassador for the new model is Swiss expedition swimmer Ernst Bromeis, who will be wearing it as he braves the waters of Lake Baikal in Siberia solo.
Drawing attention to the pressing issue of conserving water worldwide, 50-year-old Bromeis will navigate Lake Baikal, the oldest freshwater reservoir on Earth and largest lake by volume. With waves apt to rise to several metres, the currently frozen lake reaches a moderate 12C in July and August, when Bromeis will cover an impressive 497 miles. His epic endeavour will make him the first person to follow the lake’s eastern shore without an accompanying boat. The crossing, which is part of the endurance athlete’s The Blue Miracle initiative, will take 12 days.
With these conditions in mind, it’s crucial that, in addition to his own strength and resilience, he can rely on his watch at all times. Fortunately, the Oris Aquis Date Relief incorporates a uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel and is water-resistant to 300m. Crucially, the 43.50mm multi-piece stainless-steel timepiece will be readable below the waves, thanks to the sapphire anti-reflective coating inside its top glass, and its hour markers and hands filled with Super-LumiNova, making them highly legible even at night.
The chronograph’s aqua-inspired concept is embodied in its design, coming as it does with a choice of straps, a stormy sea-grey dial, a transparent open case back and signature diving-scale numerals.
Aside from the impressive technical features delivered by the £1,520 timepiece, Bromeis had another reason for choosing an Oris creation for his Lake Baikal feat: ‘Oris is an authentic and freedom-loving brand. I have similar attitudes and values. We’re both going our own way, inspired by beauty and simplicity, and by the basics of life.’