ReviewIt’s Time For Your Life, Asserts The New Oris Source Of Life Limited Edition
A vision in grey, the Oris Source Of Life Limited Edition is not only a sublime yet stunning timepiece, it is also one that represents a cause meant to protect the one essential resource that we absolutely cannot live without—water, the ultimate source of life
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There are those who believe that climate change is hoax, and then there are those who believe that it’s far from being a non-issue. Wherever you stand on that front, one environment-related issue that no one can deny is real is sustainability. The search for and use of alternative energy and fuel are obviously a massive priority worldwide, but studies have shown that soon the more emergent cause of concern will be the shortage of water. Environmentalists and geographers have even gone so far as to say that it’s highly likely that in a decade or so, the world’s biggest wars will be fought over water. With the growing need for effective rainwater harvesting, and other clean water initiatives, the world has begun to realise the importance of saving what we take for granted every day. And among those spreading awareness about this cause, which is about something so essential for life itself, is Oris, with their special edition watch, the Source Of Life Limited Edition.
Among initiatives such as the Movember watch, which is about spreading awareness on issues related to men’s health, the new Source Of Life watch continues the brand’s mission to bring change for the better. This watch that celebrates the source of life is inspired by the River Rhine that flows through Switzerland, and even close to the village of Hölstein, which is the hometown of Oris. Incidentally, the name Oris comes from a nearby brook called Orisbach, which feeds into the Rhine. This makes the cause that Oris supports with this watch even closer to the brand. Depicted on the caseback of this watch though is the entire length of the Rhine, which covers 1,233km, and runs through six countries before it opens up into the North Sea. The origin of the Rhine—the Tomasee lake, 2,343m high up in the Swiss Alps—is also the origin of the number of this limited edition watch of 2,343pieces.
Diving For Life
Each of the watches in this limited edition is set in a stainless steel case, 43.5mm in diameter, and water resistant to 300m—appropriate for a diver’s watch of this standing. After all, the build and design are based on the signature diver’s watch for Oris, the Aquis. And in keeping with that, the unidirectional rotating bezel on the steel case comes with a grey tungsten insert featuring a 60-minute timer scale for measuring a dive time.
Sealed within this diver’s case is an automatic movement, the Oris calibre 733, based on a Sellita-made movement. What’s most striking about this movement is its visual presentation of the date. Interestingly reminiscent of a river itself, there is a circular channel that runs around the inner part of the dial, and a white marker flows through it completely in a month, aligning with the date on each day. Also sweeping around the dial is the sweeping seconds hand with a SuperLuminova-filled ‘lollipop’ pointer. The luminescent material is also seen on the hour indexes and the central hour and minute hands on the dial in a unique blue-grey hue. While legibility is obviously a requirement underwater, so is comfort, and hence the steel bracelet or rubber strap of this timepiece comes with a stainless steel folding clasp that can be extended for it to fit easily even over a wetsuit. For added durability, this watch comes with domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with an antireflective coating.
As impressive as the aesthetics of this watch is the cause it represents. Oris acknowledges that despite the efforts being taken worldwide by governments and organisations, water is still under an alarming threat, and it’s time for each of us to do our bit. It’s time to stop neglecting pollution, and to stop wastage of a resource so precious. It’s this message that has become a part of Oris’ mission to bring change. It’s time to protect the source, it’s time for your life.
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