The right time: Climate change and luxury watches for men

As climate change and sustainability become burning issues, watch brands too are doing their bit to support environmental causes, both through the timepieces they are creating and the initiatives they are undertaking

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Ulysse Nardin Diver: The Ocean Race

Price: Rs8.4 lakh (approximately)

Unveiled in partnership with the open-sea sailing championship The Ocean Race, the case of the 44mm black-and-green Diver: The Ocean Race is crafted from recycled fishing nets or Nylo® (60 per cent), which is 100 per cent recycled fishing net, and Carbonium (40 per cent and the caseback made from waste materials from the automotive industry. The straps are also made from 100 per cent R-PET recycled from the sea. The watch also employs 80-85 per cent recycled waste materials from car industry to make the case, while the bezel uses waste materials from aircraft parts. The watch was created in collaboration with FIL&FAB, a French start-up in the field of industrial design and transition, who recover disused nets from French fishing ports and recycles them into polyamide granules called Nylo®. The watch is limited to 200 pieces. 

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Zenith Defy Extreme E ‘Energy X Prix’ 

Price: Rs22.3 lakh (approximately)

Last year, Zenith partnered with the annual electric rally Extreme E, a race that aims to raise awareness about the fragility of our planet’s ecosystems. With different legs held in terrains all over the world, to accompany each leg Zenith released a watch inspired by the location where the race was taking place. The latest — also the last one of 2022 — is the Zenith Defy Extreme E ‘Energy X Prix’, inspired by Uruguay and its lightning-lit skies. The 45mm watch is crafted with carbon fibre and titanium with striking purple accents that evoke streaks of lightning in a stormy sky. Sporting a 1/100th of a second chronograph, partially visible through the dial and the sapphire caseback, the watch’s rubber strap is infused with materials from upcycled Continental CrossContact tires that were used in the first season’s races. A limited edition of 20 pieces, the watch also comes in a waterproof and crushproof case, whose lid coating is made from E-grip recycled tires, and the plate covering from parts of an Extreme E racing tarpaulin.

Oris Aquis Date Upcycle Collection

Oris Aquis Date Upcycle

Price: Rs2.1 lakh (approximately) for the 41.5mm 

Last year, the Holstein-based brand Oris had declared that they had been certified as climate neutral by the independent climate action experts ClimatePartner. To mark the occasion, the brand introduced the Aquis Date Upcycle, whose dial is crafted from recycled ocean plastic. In two sizes —  41.5mm and 36.5mm — the steel watches have a uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel with a scratch-resistant grey ceramic insert. And because the plastic recycling process produces different designs each time, no two dials are the same. The watches come in a grey presentation box made from sustainable and recyclable paper.

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Chopard Alpine Eagle

Price: On request 

One of the newest additions to Chopard’s Alpine Eagle line is a new model with a pine green dial, part of the proceeds from sales of which will be donated to the Alpine Eagle Foundation, which has played a key role in the reintroduction of the white-tailed eagle in the Lake Geneva region. Not just that, the 41mm watches in themselves are a lesson in sustainability. Available in two versions, Lucent Steel A223 and 18K rose gold, the former is a material exclusive for Chopard and made from 70 per cent recycled material, while the latter is 100 per cent ethical. The watch is powered by Chopard Calibre 01.01-C, with a 60-hour power reserve. 


Carl F Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec Maldives 

Price: Rs6.2 lakh (approximately)

Since 2017, Carl F Bucherer has partnered with UK’s Manta Trust which works on the preservation of endangered manta rays and their ecosystems and habitats. In keeping with that, the Maldives watch was created to raise awareness about the Manta Trust, and reflects the ethos of this idea in several ways. The blue 44.6mm stainless-steel diver’s watch has a dial with a lacquered wave decoration, while its bezel has blue and white ceramic inlays. Its blue strap made of natural rubber, has a fabric insert made from 100 per cent recycled bottles that were recovered from the Mediterranean Sea. The watch is water resistant to 500 metres. What’s more is that a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the Patravi ScubaTec Maldives is dedicated to the Manta Trust’s new floating research station project. 

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Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel™

Price: Rs9.7 lakh (approximately)

Panerai has always shown deep commitment to water bodies, and this is an idea personified in the QuarantaQuattro eSteel™. The watch weighs just 137gm — 72 of those (almost 52 per cent) is made of recycled materials, with the straps also recycled. For watch lovers, an added attraction is that the QuarantaQuattro fits in that sweet spot of 44mm, a size that the brand has introduced for the first time in its lineup this year. Powering the watch is the P.900 caliber with 72 hours of power reserve.  The watch featured here is the PAM 01288 ‘Grigio Roccia’, which comes with an anthracite polished dial — there are two more iterations in red and blue. All three watches gets their matching coloured recycled straps.


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