July 6, 2017: In July 2017, Carl F. Bucherer will launch a dive watch series limited to 188 watches and dedicated to the Manta Trust charity. The Patravi ScubaTec Manta Trust is a limited-edition timepiece dedicated to The Manta Trust, a UK charity that works to protect and ensure the survival of Manta rays. Two manta rays are pictured on the ridged dial, appearing as though they are surfacing from beneath the ocean waves. Each of the 188 watches features an engraving on the back of the case that depicts the pattern on the stomach of a specific individual manta ray captured on camera underwater by Manta Trust CEO Guy Stevens and his team. The identification number is engraved underneath it. This number acts as an access code to a website where the new owner can bestow a name upon this real manta ray. The new Patravi ScubaTec Manta Trust watch features an automatic helium release valve, making it equipped for dives of up to 500 meters. The luminescent indices and hands round off its sporty look and ensure that it is easily readable underwater. Each watch will have part of its proceeds donated to financing a project that will enable record data to be gathered on Manta Rays later this summer. In August 2017, a team will spend two weeks out at sea monitoring the manta ray population in the waters surrounding the Maldives to analyze their habitat use and feeding habits, as well as the planktonic prey on which the mantas feed. This financing will also aid in the expansion of a database containing over 4,000 recorded individual manta rays in the Maldives, thereby contributing to the wider research being undertaken by the Manta Trust.