Becoming climate neutral is easy to say, but harder to measure - and prove. Oris has partnered with one of the world's leading independent climate action experts ClimatePartner. ClimatePartner calculated the carbon footprint of Oris' company and their products, taking into account carbon emissions from activities as diverse as heating the factory and Oris employees commuting to work.
ClimatePartner has since issued Oris with a certificate confirming that they offset more than 2, 500 tonnes of CO2 through their support of the "Clean oceans" project, run by Plastic Bank, which has stopped one billion plastic bottles from entering the ocean. For each compensated tonne of CO2, 10kg of plastic is collected.
If you've followed the Oris story over the last decade, you'll recognise their mission to bring Change for the Better. It's one of their pillars and has inspired products created to raise funds and awareness for conservation and humanitarian organisations. It's motivated Oris watch designs and Oris engineers, so that they now offer straps made of recycled PET and sustainably sourced leather, watch boxes made of algae or recycled paper, and products with materials made of recycled paper, and products with materials made of recycled paper, and products with materials made of recycled plastic produced by their Swiss partner #tide.
Oris has made it clear that for them, change starts at home. They've committed to upgrading their factory so that it has a significantly lower impact on the environment. They're currently in the process of installing solar panels that will generate 60 per cent of their electricity. For Oris, the environment is always considered first, and climate neutral is always the first line in the brief.
Climate Neutral is not the end goal for Oris. From this milestone, they'll keep working toward the UN's Sustainability Goals. Upgrades to their factory and increased use of green energy will continue, and they'll also work toward improving their supply chains. From 2022, they've made the ambitious goal to reduce their CO2 emissions by 10 per cent every year.
Rolf Studer, Oris Co-CEO: “This is a very proud moment for Oris. A mechanical watch has a very low impact on the environment because it’s designed to last. But that’s not enough. As a company and as an industry, we need to build on that platform and make sure that what we do has not just a neutral impact on the environment but a positive one. We believe this is absolutely achievable and we’ll continue to spearhead Change for the Better in Swiss watchmaking through this decade and beyond.”
To mark the milestone, Oris is releasing the Aquis Date Upcycle. It marks the moment that Oris becomes climate neutral, and serves as a symbol of their continuing mission to bring Change for the Better.
The Aquis Date Upcycle is available in either a 41.5mm or 36.5mm case, both with recycled ocean-plastic dials. Each watch will be unique as the plastic recycling process creates random patterns, so no two dials will be the same. Production of either will not be limited, and Oris will continue manufacture as long as there's demand for them.
Beyond the dial, these watches share their architecture with the popular Aquis Date 41.5mm and 36.5mm models. Both have a stainless steel case and a uni-directional rotating diver's bezel with a scratch-resistant grey ceramic insert.
They also have a stainless steel bracelet with a clasp extension system, crown protectors, a screw-down crown and a Swiss Made automatic mechanical movement. Every Aquis Date Upcycle comes in a grey presentation box made from sustainable and recyclable paper.
Hardy Brothers are proud to work with suppliers who are committed to taking bold climate action. This is in line with the actions that we take internally toward a sustainable future for all.