Oris Hangang Limited Edition
The Oris Hangang Limited Edition is a divers’ watch featuring a stunning green dial with a matching green ceramic bezel. Powered by an automatic movement, this model includes a pointer date indication and a small seconds display. Limited to 2000 pieces, this timepiece is helping to fund the clean up of South Korea’s Hangang River.
Oris, the historical Swiss watch brand founded in 1904, has made some fantastic watches over the years. Often, the company’s products feature great design, incorporate quality components and offer incredible value for money.
The watch firm has arranged its collection of models into four families, including ‘Diving’, ‘Culture’, ‘Aviation’ and ‘Motor Sport’. Personally, I favour the brand’s Aquis models. These watches are endowed with robust cases, tactile bezels and alluring dial hues. In fact, I have yet to see an Aquis dial that I don’t like.
In 2018, I wore an Oris Aquis Date with a bewitching green dial. This model features a date aperture at 6 o’clock. Clearly, I am not alone in my affection for this watch, my article remains one of the most read reviews on ESCAPEMENT.
Now the brand has unveiled the Oris Hangang Limited Edition, encompassing similar green hues but in this instance with a pointer date indication and small seconds display at 9 o’clock. Housed in a 43.5mm stainless steel case, this limited edition upholds the tough appearance of other Aquis models.
This latest limited edition divers’ watch from Oris, made in support of a Seoul-based project, is helping to fund the clean up of South Korea’s Hangang River, sometimes called the Han River, a mighty stretch of water measuring 494 kilometres in length.
As well as helping a worthy cause, this limited-edition watch (2000 pieces) is attractively priced, costing £2100 (RRP as at 22.8.2020).
The brand’s press release (August 2020)
It’s a source of great encouragement to us that more and more people are asking how we can work together to reverse the damaging impact mankind has had on the environment over the last 50 years.
At Oris, our Change for the Better campaign is focusing on projects that clean, protect and restore the world’s water. Water is the source of life – our future depends on it.
We now have a network of partnerships around the world with non-profit organisations that are working tirelessly to bring that change. We’ve raised funds and awareness of issues that pose a real threat to the world’s water through a series of limited edition Oris Aquis diver’s watches. We continue to look for partners and projects we can support. It’s the right thing to do.
This year, Oris is partnering with the pioneering Seoul KFEM, part of the Korean Federation for Environmental Movements, by issuing the Oris Hangang Limited Edition, a limited edition watch that highlights the plight of the Hangang River in South Korea. The Hangang is South Korea’s second longest but most important river because it supplies water to the 10 million inhabitants of the country’s capital, Seoul. But years of neglect have left it dirty, polluted and in desperate need of restoration.
‘With every passing year, we grow more passionate about our mission,’ says Oris Co-CEO Rolf Studer. ‘Conserving the world’s water is critical; it’s also possible if we work together. That’s the underlying message behind the Oris Hangang Limited Edition and every piece we create with our partners.’
On our own, no matter who we are or how big we are, cleaning up the world’s waters is too big a task. We have to work together to bring Change for the Better. Oris is delighted to announce a new partnership with Seoul KFEM, part of the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements, South Korea’s largest environmental non-governmental organisation.
One of Seoul KFEM’s projects is to clean up and protect the Hangang River, which runs through South Korea’s capital city. The river is a vital source of water for the 10 million people who live there, but years of neglect have dramatically reduced the quality of the water.
As part of the new partnership, Oris will be supporting a series of clean-up days Seoul KFEM has scheduled for later this year. During these, hundreds of local volunteers will work along the river to pick up litter, plastic and other harmful pollutants. The events will also help raise awareness of the importance of clean water in Seoul.
To support the organisation’s wider mission to protect the river, Oris is also introducing the Oris Hangang Limited Edition. Sales of the 2,000-piece limited edition watch will help fund the Hangang clean-up project.
The watch is based on Oris’s high-performance Aquis diver’s watch and shares the same function and performance profile. It has a 43.50 mm stainless steel case with a uni-directional rotating bezel for safely recording dive times.
The deep green colour of both the ceramic bezel insert and the dial are inspired by creek waters found at the Hangang’s source.
The Oris Hangang Limited Edition is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres) and is powered by an automatic movement that provides the watch with a small seconds and a circular date window. The case back is decorated with an engraving of a map of the Hangang’s path across Korea, and the limited edition number.
Changing the flow – Yun Hwan Cho of the Seoul KFEM (Korean Federation for Environmental Movements) explains the bold vision behind the Hangang clean-up project
What is the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement?
The Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and a grass-roots environmental movement. Our values are ‘Life, Peace, Ecology and Participation’. The Seoul branch of the KFEM opened in 1993.
What does your job involve?
I work at Seoul KFEM, the Seoul branch of the Korean Federation for Environmental Movements. Mostly, I produce campaigns that engage the community and get local people working together. We’re also running an educational project working with future generations; planting forests; and using popular music to communicate environmental issues.
How is the Seoul KFEM funded?
Because we’re an NGO we don’t take any funding from the government. Instead, we rely on donations and partnership programmes, such as this one with Oris.
What is Seoul KFEM’s vision?
Our vision is that Seoul will be transformed into a sustainable city. To that end, we have five core initiatives. The first is focussed on the Hangang River. We’re demanding an end to irresponsible development along the river and that a vital waterway is reopened by demolishing a dam blocking it. The second
is to save local forests and to encourage biodiversity. Third is to eliminate plastic waste. Fourth is to reverse climate change through the use of safe, clean energy. And the fifth is to clean up our air by reducing traffic pollution.
Why is the Hangang River so important?
Most people think the river only runs through the capital, but it’s the second longest river in Korea and carries more water than any other river in the country. It’s also a natural treasure trove and home to many plants and animals.
Where does the pollution come from?
In the 1980s, underwater dams were built under the Gimpo and Jamsil Bridges, blocking part of the river. The water flow rate decreased significantly, leading to the build- up of green algae. We’re campaigning for these dams to be reopened.
What’s your vision for the Hangang River?
In 2010, Seoul KFEM laid-out a vision: ‘The Hangang River Playground’, ‘A Community for Safe Cycling’ and ‘Urban Gardening’. We’ve also been working on renewable energy, building two solar power plants, and on a number of pollution projects to reduce the amount of fine dust, radon gas, disposable plastic and straw in our environment, which are all closely linked to social issues in Seoul. At the moment, the river is dirty and the water pollution makes the air smell. We want the area to become a safe, beautiful recreational space for the people of Seoul.
What will the Oris partnership involve?
As well as the limited edition watch, which will help raise funds in support of our activities, we’ll also be partnering on the clean-up days later this year. We’re expecting
hundreds of volunteers to join us as we gather rubbish from the river. The aim is also to raise awareness of the problem. Most Seoul citizens have no idea how bad rubbish
pollution is. After the collection, recycling experts will talk about how to dispose of this waste responsibly. We’ll also be producing environmental-themed campaigns around the partnership. So it’s an important and very exciting moment for Seoul’s future!
How can people take part in the events?
We’re already inviting people to get involved through Seoul KFEM’s digital channels, and on our site we have a volunteer sign-up tool. Everyone’s welcome to join us!
What impact do you expect the Oris partnership to have on your work?
At the moment there aren’t many clean-up events people can get involved in, and awareness of the river pollution problem is low. We’re excited about this partnership because many people know Oris and the association will help us get the message out to Koreans in Seoul and beyond. Longer term, I’m confident it will be a driving force and help us reach a better environmental future for the Hangang River and the city of Seoul and its people.