Oris has been focusing its environmental protection efforts on the world’s oceans for many years and is extending that work in 2020 with a mission to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on the world’s largest freshwater lake.
Lake Baikal in Siberia is 1,642 metres deep — the deepest in the world — and holds 20% of all fresh lake water on the planet.
It is thought to be 25 million years old but its ecosystem is under threat from man-made industrial pollution.
A conservation project called Point No.1, run by the Institute of Biology at Irkutsk State University, is monitoring the rising level of pollution and working to reverse it.
The institute is supported by the Lake Baikal Foundation, which raises awareness and funding for its work, and Oris has made a limited edition to help them.
“Water is the source of life,” says Rolf Studer, Oris Co-CEO. “We believe passionately in conserving it for future generations, and also in acting responsibly as citizens of the world to bring positive change. Every year we seek out pioneering organisations who share these values and work to protect the world’s water. We’re very proud to be working with the Lake Baikal Foundation and to be supporting the work of Point No.1 as it continues its vital research and raises awareness of pollution and the urgent need for clean water.”
Oris has made a limited edition of its Aquis diver’s watch that will raise money and awareness for the work at Lake Baikal.
Made in a production run of 1,999 pieces, the Lake Baikal Limited Edition is a 43.5mm steel watch housing the Oris 733 automatic movement.
Its lake-like sunray blue dial is framed by a uni-directional rotating bezel with ceramic insert.
The watch goes on sale in February for CHF 2,250.