Out of every animal in the oceans, I wouldn’t have imagined the oyster had a big role in maintaining that ecosystem. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oysters play a crucial role in filtering the water encompassing them thus improving the conditions of other plant and animal life near them. Oyster reefs can even serve as barriers to storms and tides, preventing erosion and protecting productive estuary waters. With that knowledge acquired, it became clear why Oris has partnered with Billion Oyster Project, an ambitious non-profit, started by Founded by educators Murray Fisher and Pete Malinowski, aiming to restore one billion oysters to New York Harbor by the year 2035, to produce the New York Harbor Limited Edition of 2000 pieces. Not surprisingly the Aquis is used as bases for their nods to the NY Harbor waters and the non-profit that’s trying to save them.
Design &Watch Specifications
41.50 mm stainless steel case, unidirectional rotating bezel, minutes scale in relief, green mother-of-pear dial, hands and indices with Super-LumiNova®, Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both sides, screw in crown, water resistance of 300m, green rubber strap/stainless steel metal bracelet, Oris 733 (base SW 200-1), 38 hours power reserve, hours, minutes and central sweep seconds hands, and 6 o’clock date window.
The Aquis case is in its 41.5mm format, maintaining its purposeful design and capabilities spruced up by the polishing on the top of the case and on the unidirectional rotating coin-edge bezel which is paired with a stainless-steel insert that has a sandblasted background to the embossed and polished numerals, minute markers, and triangle. This bezel design is scarce in the Aquis line. Probably because it isn’t practical if you plan on testing this piece’s 300 meters of water resistance, but it’s a damn good-looking aesthetic that we Oris need to use more often. I’m bias to this request also because I can’t swim so I won’t really find myself in a position where I need a bezel to glow underwater.
The polished elements of the bezel go well with the polished faceted Oris Aquis indices and hands which all feature Super-LumiNova® for optimal visibility in dark spaces and especially underwater. Oris has done a great job letting the dial shine with minimal test for the branding, model denomination, and water resistance rating. It could have been done without the date at 6 o’clock but it doesn’t do much harm. This mother-of-pearl dial that’s made to mimic the movement of the waters of the NY harbor and that has the different green tones which it is famous for, is quickly becoming one of my favorite Oris dials. The wave arrangement gives it depth and its dynamic nature when interacting with light is fascinating to look at. To accompany the green dial, it comes with Oris’s famous, vanilla-scented, straps in green, and for the full stainless-steel look, it also comes packaged with a bracelet. A strap removal tool is also included to make your life easier. Turning the watch over we see a homage to the Billion Oyster Project’s mission of restoring the oyster population of NY’s harbor. A somewhat realistic embossed engraving of three oysters, the name of this edition, and the watches’ number out of 2000 that comprise this limited edition. We won’t find a 400 series movement inside the case back. Oris has opted to go with their old and reliable caliber 733, based on a Sellita SW 200-1 which comes with the signature red rotor, beats at 4Hz, and has a not very impressive 38-hour power reserve.
Concluding Thoughts & Availability
The New York harbor is at its cleanest today than it has been for 110 years. All thanks to the awareness created and actions taken by organizations like Billion Oyster Project and the people who care enough to join and support them. To this point 11,000 volunteers, 8,000 students, 100 New York City schools, and more than 50 restaurant partners work together to place oysters, build reefs, and do the necessary work to improve the water in NY. Hopefully, through the publicity of this limited edition more people and funds will join this noble effort. Creating awareness is a major part of what these organizations do and since this watch does have a pretty eye-catching dial, if you decide to pull the trigger, as you wear it this summer and beyond, if someone shows interest in it, point them towards the Billion Oyster Project – https://www.billionoysterproject.org/ The watch is available for purchase now and will retail for 2’700.00 USD.