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ORIS Aquis Source of Life Ltd EDITION

Unlike so many times before when Oris has turned to the oceans as a source of inspiration for one of their new diver’s models, the new Source of Life LE has been inspired by another body of water –

the rushing currents of the 240 million year old, River Rhine which courses its way 1,233 kilometers from the Swiss Alps running close to the village of Hölstein where Oris has been based since 1904, and out to the North Sea.

Today it is not only the plight of the ocean’s that Oris is drawing attention to but the fragility of the world’s water sources with a philosophical dive watch that marks a new chapter in Oris’s mission to bring about a change for the better.

Despite growing awareness and the efforts of government and international nonprofit organizations, the world’s water continues to come under threat because of carelessness, neglect and waste. Pollution levels are rising – and something must be done.

Based on the newly redesigned Oris Aquis diver’s watch, the Source of Life LE promises something special for metallurgical fans with its Stainless steel case, Tungsten bezel inlay and Nickel handset. But above all it is one good looking dive watch.

Its watery blue grey dial is inspired by the color of the fresh water at the River Rhine’s source. The date is indicated through a circular aperture running around the dial while its caseback is embossed with an actual map of the River Rhine highlighting the source at the Lai da Tuma and the river’s mouth at the North Sea (Noordzee).

As a member of the Aquis family, the Source of Life Limited Edition has the all the same high-performance functions and traits that Aquis is renowned for. Its 43.5mm Stainless steel case is water-resistant to 300 meters, and it has a unidirectional rotating bezel with a grey tungsten insert with a 60-minute timer scale for safely measuring dive times.

An automatic movement provides it with its standout complication, an inventive circular date indicator shown by a scale running from 1 to 31 around the center of the watch’s dial. Inside it is a channel with a white indicator that aligns with the scale and makes a full tour of the dial once a month to show the date.

The Source of Life also has a sweeping seconds hand with a lollipop filled with luminescent SuperLumiNova. This is an important detail as it in enables the watch to properly qualify for diver’s watch status, a watch must have a display that shows the running of the watch to indicate to the wearer that their dive timing is accurate.

The Oris Source of Life Limited Edition comes on either a Stainless steel metal bracelet or a grey rubber strap, both of which have stainless steel folding clasps that can be extended to be worn over a wetsuit. To reflect the height above sea level of the Lai da Tuma, 2,343 pieces will be made.

The Oris Source of Life Limited Edition comes in a special presentation box. An insignia on the inside shows the course of the River Rhine. Its Swiss retail price is 2100CHF on its rubber strap or 2300CHF on its Stainless steel bracelet.

So what do you think? Well, what’s not to like about ORIS, they have always been one of my favorite dive watch brands. It’s another desirable release for me. How about you?

1 comment:

  1. Ditto
    Great brand well thought and crestive time pieces.
    A lot of bang for your buck the more expensive and boring guys need to pay attention