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Timepiece aficionados have heard of the collaboration between Daniel Craig, best known for the James Bond series of films, and Omega since January, but the Hour Vision Blue ($6,700) has finally arrived in stores. The watch benefits a cause that is dear to Craig, Orbis International, which seeks to fight against blindness by offering quality eye care to areas of the deepest need in over 85 countries. Through Omega's partnership with Orbis, the luxury brand is committing at least $1 million from the sales of this watch to the non-profit organization. Now that's putting your money with your mouth is!
This particular timepiece in blue is a special edition of the Hour Vision from the DeVille collection. Here are the specs from the release:
The Hour Vision Blue wristwatch is a special edition of the elegant Hour Vision. It has a classic 41 mm stainless steel case and is equipped with Omega's Co-Axial caliber 8500, the movement that signaled a revolution in series-produced mechanical watchmaking. The movement can be viewed through the sapphire crystal on the caseback.
Adding distinction to the timepiece is its specially designed sun-brushed blue dial. It has 18 ct white gold faceted hour, minute and seconds hands coated with white Super-LumiNova and features a date window at the 3 o’clock position.
Craig notes in the release that he plans to make a trip with Orbis' Flying Eye Hospital. If you've heard of Mercy Ships, it is that same concept but done on a plane. Yes, a flying hospital that performs surgeries and serves as a teaching facility to train other medical personnel in the regions they visit. Pretty amazing.
“I think that it’s important to do all that we can to draw attention to the invaluable work that Orbis is doing. By visiting them in the field and seeing their team at work, I hope we will be able to make more people aware of the issue of preventable blindness and to let them know how much of a difference they can make. I’m delighted that Omega feels as strongly about this initiative as I do,” says Craig.
· Omega [Official Site]
· Orbis International [Official Site]