Oris has a good habit of bringing limited editions in their Aquis line to contribute to ocean conservation. This week we received a question from Apostolos, I guess one of our readers in Greece.
Here’s the original text of Apostolos question:
Subject: WATCH DIALS AND SUN EXPOSURE
I recently bought an Oris Aquis Clipperton. Its graded blue dial is a real joy. The question is, is it ok to use in direct sunlight regularly, or it will soon fade and lose its fantastic contrast?
Already in 2010 Oris brought its first limited edition of the Aquis to contribute to Ocean Conservation. From the proceeds of this model, the Great Barrier Reef, part was donated to the Australian Marine Conservation Society. Numerous models followed, almost yearly. Maldives, Tubbataha, Kittiwake, El Hierro, Hammerhead, and Staghorn are amongst them. A while ago, we did a review on the Oris Aquis Staghorn.
Last year, 2017, we saw the Oris Aquis Clipperton. A watch dedicated to the preservation of earth most isolated land mass, Clipperton Island. We did a short review on this Aquis Clipperton limited edition. The Clipperton atoll, situated at in the Pacific Ocean, is home to a number of threatened species, on land and in the water. Belonging to Frensch Polynesia, its closest mainland coast is that of Mexico, 1.300 km to the north-east of the atoll.
The beautiful gradient blue dial of the Oris Aquis Clipperton was inspired by the water surrounding the atoll. The gradient, from light to dark blue color, is caused by the water depths inside of the atoll, some over 70 meters deep. And this weeks question is about the concern if the gradient blue dial wouldn’t lose its lustre when regularly used in direct sunlight.
A quite understandable question, however, not one we could answer right away ourselves. Therefore we contacted Oris’ chairman, Ulrich W. Herzog. Although we’re in the holiday period in Switzerland as well, Mr Herzog contacted the dial manufacturer who produced this gem for the Oris Aquis Clipperton.
As expected not much information on the technical side could be given. The dial manufacturer, of course, did not reveal details of his process how he achieved this amazing depth in blue, which makes this watch so attractive. The dial manufacturer applied a sunray with this deep blue color, but that’s all which can be told about the technics used to produce this dial. However, Mr Ulrich, by word of his dial manufacturer, confirmed: “there is no reason to be afraid that the color will be fading in bright sunlight”. For me, this information, and directly from a source like this, would be sufficient not to worry.
Oris Clipperton Limited Edition
Ref. No. 01 733 7730 4185 MB, Ø 43.5 mm Limited to 2,000 pieces
Meanwhile, during Baselworld 2018, Oris has presented the next limited edition of the Aquis, the Source of Life. The Oris Source of Life is not about ocean conservation but is inspired by the River Rhine. It celebrates the role water plays in our lives and invites us to think about how we care for the world’s water sources.
More information on the Oris Aquis and its limited editions can be found at the official Oris website here.
Gerard has been in the watch industry for over two decades now. He owned a watch shop in The Hague, The Netherlands, and besides that he has journalistic and photographic activities in the field of watches. Collecting watches since he... read more