Oris Whale Shark Limited Edition

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Oris Whale Shark Limited Edition

Post by koimaster » February 18th 2021, 7:52pm

While Oris’s dedication to producing its own movements in-house has been front-and-center lately (as witness the fanfare surrounding the launch of Caliber 400, its first automatic winding movement, last fall), the Hölstein-based manufacturer’s mission of releasing special timepieces in support of ocean-focused charitable initiatives has never wavered. Following up the Blue Whale model that completed its popular Ocean Trilogy in 2019, Oris this year turns its attention to another majestic and endangered ocean dweller with the release of the Whale Shark Limited Edition.

The whale shark, which is mainly found in tropical waters and can grow as large as a school bus (more than 40 feet long and weighing 20-plus tons), is the world’s largest fish. It is also an endangered ocean species, its global population having been halved over the previous 75 years due mostly to legal and illegal fishing as well as accidental entrapment. Preserving the whale shark, and its important role in the delicate ocean ecosystem, has been a primary goal of underwater photographer Gerardo del Villar, an Oris brand ambassador, whose efforts helped spur the development of the new timepiece, which is notable for the gritty sharkskin texture on its bright blue dial.

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