Oris watches supports South Korea’s river restoration review

Over the past several decades, Oris is becoming almost as well-known for its environmental initiatives because for its value-proposition Swiss timepieces: so much in 2020, the brand has recently launched two versions of its Carysfort Reef timepiece, whose proceeds help aid of coral reef recovery. This week, this follows up these with another limited edition, again according to its favorite Aquis dip view — this one inspired by, and committed to, the plight of the Hangang River in South Korea.
The Hangang is South Korea’s second longest but most significant river, running through the capital city of Seoul and supplying water to its 10 million individuals. Years of neglect and pollution, however, have broken the quality of the Hangang’s water, prompting South Korea’s largest NGO, the Korean Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) to initiate a project to animate it. Oris’s new partnership with the KFEM proceeds the Swiss watchmaker’s Change for the Better campaign, which prioritizes security and recovery of the world’s water and which has generated a series of limited-edition Aquis diver’s watches — the latest being the Oris Hangang Limited Edition.


Like its predecessors in the set, the watch comes with a stainless steel case, measuring 43.5 millimeters in diameter and water-resistant to some professional-grade 300 meters. Its unidirectional dive-scale bezel includes a green ceramic insert, representing the vivid, gradient green tones of the dial — colors motivated, says Oris, by the waters at the Hangang River’s source. This version’s date display is a 31-day ringed scale over the inner dial, although its running seconds signal is about an understated subdial at 9 o’clock. The hands and indices are treated with Super-LumiNova along with the domed sapphire crystal over the lush dial has nonreflective coating on either side.
As per tradition in its conscious Aquis limited editions, Oris has given this one a specially decorated caseback, here having an engraved map constituting the Hangang River’s path through South Korea, together with the watch’s limited edition number. Behind that caseback beats the movement, the automatic, Sellita-based Oris 743, using a 38-hour power book, a fast date corrector, along with a stop-seconds function for simple re-setting.
As part of its partnership with KFEM, Oris watches will support a run of clean-up days where neighborhood Seoul-area volunteers will work to pick up litter, plastic and other pollutants out of and around the Hangang.