By TLex Oris has introduced the latest generation, Carlos Coste Limited Edition IV, a functional tool diver that was designed for freediving rather than scuba. Freediving is an extreme sport that requires the diver to dive (sometimes to great depths) on a single breath of air; remaining underwater for several minutes.
A sport that long-time Oris brand ambassador and record-breaking free diver Carlos Coste, is a true master of. Incredibly, Carlos can hold his breath for seven and a half minutes! This has earnt him the nickname,'El Acuaman Criollo' (the natural waterman) in his native Venezuelan.
In 2003 Carlos became the first freediver to break the 100 meter barrier in the free immersion category and in 2010 he set a new Guinness World Record by swimming 150 meters through Dos Ojos –
a vast underwater cave network in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico; all on a single breath. He will make his latest record-breaking attempt later on this year.
There are few better qualified to test watches underwater, than Carlos, which is why Oris has worked so closely with him since 2006 developing watch’s like the new Carlos Coste Limited Edition IV.
Its divers features include: a multi-piece 46mm case made from Titanium, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a white SuperLumiNova dive-time scale set into its black ceramic inlay,
a black dial with applied markers and hands filled with a bright orange SuperLumiNova, a Sapphire crystal that is domed on both sides and with an anti-reflective coating and a water-resistant to a depth of up to 50 bar (500 meters).
A luminous orange dot has been set onto the manual Helium Escape valve at 3 o’clock, designed to help divers quickly distinguish the valve from the time and date setting crown at 2 o’clock.
Powering the watch is an Oris automatic mechanical movement, the Cal. 743, which is based on Sellita SW 220-1, with a date at 3 o’clock, a sub-seconds counter between 7 and 9 o’clock and Oris’ famous red rotor.
The caseback of the Carlos Coste Limited Edition IV has been inlayed with Carlos’s unique blue emblem, and is engraved with watch's limited number of 2000 pieces.
It comes on a black rubber strap – with the option of a Titanium bracelet – which features Oris’ clever quick adjustment sliding-sledge folding clasp system. Its Swiss retail price is 2500CHF.
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