Could A $19,000 Solid Gold Oris Dive Watch Be The Key To Saving The Coral Reefs?
Oris’ new Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition is the second watch done in collaboration with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF).
At this week’s Oris Preview in Vail, Colorado, the brand introduced the sequel to their ever-popular Oris Aquis Staghorn Restoration Limited Edition. As you may recall, we joined Oris a few years back in Key Largo, Florida for the official launch of their first watch collaboration with the Coral Restoration Foundation (read HERE). A lot has transpired since that warm summer day in 2017. Thanks to increased awareness, CRF’s efforts and scope have grown exponentially.
Presented by Oris’ CEO North America V.J. Geronimo and Martha Roesler, Chief Development Officer at Coral Restoration Foundation – the new Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition is an upscale take on Oris’ Aquis GMT. While you may be shocked by the initial sticker price ($19,000) when you go beneath the surface, there is a lot more than meets the eye. Let’s explore.
During our trip to Key Largo in 2017, we had the chance to visit the CRF's coral nursery. Where CRF takes small cuttings of Staghorn coral and assembles them in a protected nursery three miles off the coast of Key Largo. There, these small cuttings of coral have the perfect conditions for growth. After nine months, these small cuttings of Staghorn coral can grow into basketball-sized pieces.
As we saw HERE, re-planting coral in the devastated Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is relatively straightforward. With a few strikes of a hammer and application of marine epoxy, the newly formed coral is planted and can thrive in its new environment. And with the new Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition, CRF celebrates the over 30,000 corals planted.
Located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Carysfort Reef is part of the third-largest barrier reef in the world. CRF has been working diligently since 2014 to restore Carysfort Reef to its former glory, which was at its peak just over a half-century ago. But thanks to human-made pollution and climate change, most of Florida's reefs have been decimated.
This is why the Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition is so important. As a non-profit organization, CRF’s efforts are funded via private donations and public grants. After the launch of the Oris Aquis Staghorn Restoration Limited Edition, the CRF saw a surge in interest and awareness of their cause. With this second edition timepiece, the motive remains the same. Bring awareness and much-needed funds to the CRF.
“Coral Reefs have been around for over 500 million years, and they are the oldest and most biodiverse systems on this planet. In the last 30 years, we have lost over 50% of our world's coral reefs – and in the next 80 years, if things don't change, we're at risk of losing all of our reefs. We're talking global extinction. This is unacceptable in our eyes. We're not prepared to have an ecosystem completely go extinct on our watch." - Martha Roesler, Chief Development Officer at Coral Restoration Foundation
But how can a watch save the coral reefs?
On the surface, Oris’ new Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition may appear like any other solid-gold dive watch. But in true Oris fashion, there is a meaning behind this release. And as we learned, CRF is always in need of funding to continue and expand their work. CRF had over 27,000 hours of volunteer time in 2018 and their methods are cost-effective, which allows them to replicate the practices of coral restoration in countries around the world. As we learned CRF will soon be expanding the scale of their restoration work. As Roesler explained, "We’ll soon be out planting greater numbers of corals to strategic reefs in the Florida Keys (including Carysfort) to achieve ecosystem-level recovery."
To start, Oris has donated three of the new Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Editions directly to the Coral Restoration Foundation for upcoming charity auctions, slated to occur in the united states in February, March, and April. These auctions will all feature a Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition in their lots. The hope is that the funds generated during these auctions will provide much-needed support for the CRF's ongoing project to restore Carysfort Reef.
Additionally, Oris has advised that funds raised via the sales of the remaining limited edition pieces (47 pieces in total) will go towards support the CRF’s work. I implore you to visit the Coral Restoration Foundation’s website to learn more.
“This partnership is central to our continuing mission to bring Change for the Better. Through the Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition, we’re really stepping up our ambitions and our contribution to returning the world’s corals to their original state. It’s a hugely important project, and we're excited by everything Coral Restoration Foundation is achieving through it.” – Oris Co-CEO Rolf Studer
About the watch
Based on Oris’ best-selling collection, the Aquis line. The new Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition is a 43.5mm solid yellow gold automatic GMT dive watch. The brand’s first-ever dive watch crafted out of precious metal. Featuring a vibrant blue dial and 24-hour blue and black ceramic chapter ring. This limited edition is certainly a stunner and has the added benefit of being for a great cause.
Luckily for the future wearer, this piece is water-resistant to 300 meters (or almost 1,000 feet). The caseback features a special crystal inlay with a motif celebrating CRF's 30,000th coral planted, making the watch a perfect companion for coral planting or wherever the sea may take you in your conservation efforts. The piece is limited to 50 units worldwide, three of which will be given to the Coral Restoration Foundation for auction in their upcoming 'Raise the Reef' galas.
The retail price of the Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition is $19,000 USD. Lastly, word on the street is that Oris will be releasing a more accessibly priced steel version of the Oris Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition around Baselworld. Stay tuned!
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