Swiss watchmaking has forever intertwined artistry with function, creating timepieces that not only tell time but also narrate tales. The Oris Dat Watt Limited Edition II is no exception, its ticking heart serving as a potent reminder of the ongoing commitment of Oris and its partners towards environmental responsibility and conservation.
Oris’s partnership with the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS) began in 2021, and this relationship has gone from strength to strength. The Wadden Sea, spanning an impressive 11,500km^2 across Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands, is an ecological marvel. The region, celebrated for its title as the world’s largest unbroken tidal flats system, provides refuge to an astounding 10,000 species of plants and animals. This rich biodiversity earned the area a UNESCO World Heritage Site badge in 2009, underscoring its significance.
Yet, the Wadden Sea or, “Dat Watt” as locals endearingly call it, isn’t immune to the perils of human actions. From overfishing and pollution to climate change challenges, this sanctuary faces an array of threats. And that’s where the CWSS steps in, ensuring this delicate ecosystem flourishes for future generations. With the extension of the partnership between Oris and CWSS till 2025, there is renewed hope for impactful youth-centric programs, fostering a new generation of eco-warriors.
Rolf Studer, the CoCEO of Oris, eloquently states the brand’s vision: “Our focus on bringing Change for the Better grows sharper all the time. This collaboration is another example of our company-wide attitude to sustainability, conservation, and humanitarianism. Together we can bring Change for the Better.”
Unveiling the Oris Dat Watt Limited Edition II, the brand offers not just a beautifully crafted watch, but also a symbol of allegiance to its environmental goals. The watch pays homage to the Wadden Sea’s ecological diversity, particularly the salt marshes which act as a natural buffer against CO2 emissions. This eco-awareness is mirrored in the timepiece’s mesmerizing green dial, reminiscent of the salt marshes’ waters.
From a craftsmanship standpoint, the Oris Dat Watt Limited Edition II is a horological masterpiece. Sporting a 43.5 mm case, it offers water resistance up to 300 meters. The uni-directional rotating bezel, the luminescent hands and indices, and the unique date function provide both aesthetic appeal and robust functionality.
Swiss engineering’s precision is evident in its mechanical movement. The watch boasts of a power reserve of 38 hours, ensuring that its wearer is always in sync with time, whether on land or underwater. The package comes complete with a blue rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet, catering to diverse stylistic choices.
Only 2,009 pieces of this limited edition will grace the market, a symbolic nod to the year the Wadden Sea secured its UNESCO World Heritage status. With a Swiss retail price of CHF 2,900 (equivalent to approximately €3,025 or $3,290), the Oris Dat Watt Limited Edition II seamlessly blends luxury with a cause.
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