Oris’s long-standing commitment to protecting the world’s waters continues in 2020 with the launch of the Aquis Lake Baikal Limited Edition. The Siberian location that lent the watch its name is one of the globe’s oldest, deepest and once clearest bodies of freshwater – and the brand is helping to save it.
Making waves: a design with a difference
Oris is on a mission to bring ‘change for the better’, and working with non-profit organisations and conservation agencies all over the world to deliver on that promise. Its handsome new Aquis Lake Baikal Limited Edition (£1,850) is a tribute to the lake of that name, and a percentage of proceeds from its sale will go to restoring its beauty.
The new watch’s palette has been updated from that of the earlier Clean Ocean and Blue Whale designs, also in the Aquis collection, which were inspired by the darker blue of the oceanic depths. Instead, its gradient-sunburst blue dial, surrounded by a blue unidirectional rotating bezel, is more reminiscent of a diver’s view when returning to the light at the surface. A domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects the rhodium-plated hands and baton-shaped hour markers, which are coated with Super-LumiNova® to ensure excellent visibility, even in darkness.
The classic 43.5mm stainless-steel case and bracelet concentrates the focus on the striking dial, as well as providing the appropriate functional credentials for a dive watch. The stainless-steel screw-in security crown with crown protection is just one of the features that ensures the model’s water resistance to 300m. The minutes scale on the ceramic inlay topping the bezel, the diver’s extension to the bracelet, and a 38-hour power reserve prove it’s as much a practical dive tool as a beautiful accessory.
Lake Baikal’s hue is reflected not only through the blue, silver and frosty white of the dial, but also via the intricate case back, which is decorated with an engraving inspired by this vast stretch of water, which is frozen during the winter. And that tribute is especially poignant, given that the average water temperature has risen by 1°C over the past 70 years as the result of climate change.
Clear difference: Oris’s conservation commitment
As the world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake, and the meeting point of 300 rivers, Lake Baikal contains 50% of the world’s drinkable water. It’s believed to be 25 million years old. Yet even though it’s been recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, it’s under threat from industrial pollution and the impact of tourism. Now, Oris has lent its support to the Lake Baikal Foundation, which has been active since 1945 in monitoring and conserving its vulnerable ecosystem.
The brand has released just 1,999 examples of its new timepiece – a number chosen to mark the year that Russia adopted the Baikal Law to protect the lake – and every sale will aid the Foundation in achieving its aims. So, if you’d like a watch with a backstory that’s a beautiful piece of wristwear to boot, you need look no further than the Oris Aquis Lake Baikal Limited Edition.
Oris Aquis Lake Baikal Limited Edition
• 43.5mm stainless-steel case and bracelet
• Calibre 733 automatic movement
• Approximate 38-hour power reserve
• Unidirectional rotating bezel with diver’s-minutes scale
• Super-LumiNova® indexes and hands
• 300m water resistance
• In a limited edition of 1,999 units
• Product no: 17601073
• Price: £1,850
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