We just looked at the new Fortis Flieger F-41 and F-39, which are made from recycled stainless steel, and today’s new offering from Oris is in a similar vein – the new Aquis Date Upcycle has dials made from recycled PET plastic.
The use of recycled plastic (be it PET or marine pollution) is something that we have touched on before, and you may remember the Panerai Submersible eLAB-ID announced earlier this year which is 98.6% recycled-based material by weight.
In fact the momentum in the watch industry towards using more sustainably sourced material seems to beslowly building. At a minimum, perhaps we may even see a trend back towards the more compact less elaborate packaging that was the norm until recent decades.
Over the years Oris has partnered with a number of environment-related organisations, creating limited editions of their Aquis Diver to mark these relationships, and also continuing on its ‘Change for Better’ mission.
Now, it continues down this vein with the new Aquis Date Upcycle, a watch with a dial made of recycled PET plastic. The aim is both to use recycled material and to encourage joining Oris in participating in World Cleanup Day. In Australia, we of course also have our own Clean Up Australia Day, started thirty years ago by the late Ian Kiernan AO.
The Aquis Date Upcycle is available in two sizes – 41.5mm or 36.5mm. The core details are the same as for the other Aquis Dates of these sizes, with the new Upcycle in a stainless steel case with a unidirectional bezel containing a scratch-resistant grey ceramic insert. Coming on a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp featuring a diving extension, they have a water resistance of 300m.
Inside is the automatic Oris Calibre 733 (base Sellita SW200-1) beating at 28,800 VPH and with a power reserve of 38 hours
The key selling point is, of course, the dial, with the by product of using PET plastic recycling being that they are all different. The watch will also come in boxes made from recycled marine plastic.
The Australian RRP for the Aquis Date Upcycle is AUD 3,200 and they are available from September 2021. They can be acquired directly from Oris on their site (handy given that most of us in Australia are still be in lockdown) as well as your local authorised dealer.
Given each piece has a unique dial, if you are someone who likes to take a punt, ordering sight unseen may be your preference, but if you are more inclined to wanting to be selective, then seeing them in person is obviously the way to go.
[Photo credit: Oris]