Oris X Bracenet

Geneva Watch Days 2023 are here, and we’re gearing up for a batch of exciting new watch launches. Oris is part of this event, and they’ve just revealed their latest introduction: Oris X Bracenet Aquis Date watches.

Bracenet and the issue of Abandoned “Ghost” Fishing Nets

Continuing their established Change for the Better Campaign, Oris has partnered with Bracenet. This social enterprise creates accessories from recycled fishing nets and now also produces stunning watch dials. The company’s motto is “Save the seas, wear a net!”

Ocean plastic facts are tough to read. For instance, experts say the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), a floating plastic waste zone between Hawaii and California, is 4.5 times bigger than Germany. This calculation comes from environmental group, The Ocean Cleanup. Shockingly, they also estimate that 46% of the GPGP consists of abandoned fishing nets. These “ghost” nets continue harming marine life even after being discarded. Around one million tonnes of fishing nets enter oceans annually with ghost nets remaining active for 400-600 years.

Recently, individuals like Benjamin Wenke and Madeleine von Hohenthal, founders of Bracenet, have drawn attention to ghost nets. They started making bracelets from these nets after witnessing the issue while diving off Tanzania’s coast in 2015. Bracenet now creates various products from this hazardous waste to spread the message for positive change.

Collected ghost fishing nets

Oris X Bracenet – Two Sizes – One Powerful Message

Based on the Aquis Date diver’s watch, the Oris X Bracenet Watches feature vibrant dials crafted from repurposed fishing nets. Using tiny green, blue, and white net pieces, the pieces are heated until they melt together into attractive patterns. When this material cools and hardens, it turns into sheets. They then cut, smooth, and thin these sheets to 0.3mm. The material contains no additives, fillers or glues. Also, since they use natural materials and simple methods, every Bracenet dial is unique.

The Oris X Bracelet is available with either a 36.5mm or 43.5mm case diameter. Equipped with an Oris automatic 733 calibre, they have a power reserve of 38 hours. Also, the famous red rotor is visible through the exhibition caseback. Both models are water resistant to 30 bar (300 metres).

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Oris X Bracenet: Specification

  • Automatic winding movement, Oris 733, 26 jewels
  • Frequency: 28’800 A/h, 4 Hz
  • 38 hour power reserve
  • Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device, stop-second
  • Stainless steel multi-piece case, 43.5mm diameter or 36.5mm diameter
  • Stainless steel screw-down security crown
  • Green dial, indices and hands with Superluminova
  • Sapphire crystal, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating on inside
  • Stainless steel, screwed see-through mineral caseback, special engravings
  • Stainless steel bracelet with 20mm interhorn width, folding clasp (with extension on 43.5mm version)
  • Water resistant 30 bar (300m)
  • Two Year Manufacturer’s Warranty (extended to 3 Years upon registration with MyOris)

Verdict and Where to Buy

With its vivid green dial and the usual high spec we’ve come to expect from an Aquis, the Oris X Bracenet is a functional Dive watch with eye-catching styling.

Priced at £2,000, both versions of the Oris X Bracenet are available to buy from an Independent retailer here.