Increasingly, the various industries of the world pitch in to do whatever they can to protect the earth. The same is true for the watchmaking industry. From our visits to the manufactures in Switzerland, we have seen how they handle and manage waste, as well as to send appropriate materials to the recycle process to ensure minimal disposal.
Breitling provides the first example of this undertaking with their Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 44 Ocean Conservancy Edition replica watch. Produced in a series of 1,000 pieces, the timepiece is the first to be presented with an Econyl strap. The material is made from recycled nylon products, among them the fishing nets. The ambition is realised in collaboration with Ocean Conservancy: an advocacy group working to combat the garbage situation in our oceans.
The 44 mm stainless steel case of the Superocean Heritage II Chronograph is water resistant to 200 metres, and equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel for diving use. Its sapphire crystal is given anti-reflective coating on both sides for maximum clarity. The in-house Breitling Replica 13 Calibre is self-winding with a power reserve of 48 hours. To complete the design, the Ocean Conservancy logo is engraved on the caseback, and the packaging this watch comes in is made completely of recycled materials.
Panerai has a similar approach towards sustainability. Their new Replica Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition PAM00984 and PAM00985 watches are a representation of that ideal. Their 47 mm case, bezel and crown protection device are made of Eco-Titanium, essentially recycled titanium to reduce exploitation of natural resources. Their strap is made of recycled material as well, turning PET plastic – a great problem of the seas – into a light yet durable watch strap.
PAM00984 features green luminous material, and comes with a black PET strap. On the other hand, the PAM00985, has the luminous material in blue and the PET strap in dark blue.
These Replica Watches are ideal communication tools to help raise conservation awareness among the consumers, and to encourage a step towards actions that will lead to a cleaner, less polluted and more habitable world. They may be a small step but a needed one if we are to save the earth for the later generations – one which will lead to more and sustainable improvements for the future.