Alpina, the sporty arm of the Swiss manufacturers owned by the Citizen Group (with Frederique Fixed), isn’t any stranger to eco-friendly initiatives and to the conservation of the oceans. Certainly, each the identify Gyre and the very idea of a recycled watch have already been used, beginning final 12 months with the primary version of the Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic. A venture initiated by fellow journalists Bernard Werk and Jorrit Niels in 2017, Gyre Watch goals at elevating consciousness of ocean air pollution and elevating cash for its clean-up with a watch constructed from recycled fishing nets. Following this joint-venture with Gyre, the model now launches its second version, the Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automated 2021 Version – which will likely be out there in each males’s and girls’s variations.
Increasingly more eco-friendly, accountable, environmentally-oriented initiatives are popping in luxurious industries, and watchmaking can also be now adopting this eco-responsible wave. Behind this Gyre idea, which is all about environmentally pleasant case, strap and packaging, is a cool story “This line and its identify have been impressed by the encounter and collaboration between Alpina and the watch journalist Bernard Werk within the Netherlands 4 years in the past. Personally concerned within the preservation of the oceans, he co-created the idea and the identify “GYRE” with fellow journalist Jorrit Niels, in reference to the enormous round ocean currents – and the reuse of “ghost” fishing nets from the Indian Ocean.” Bernard already created his personal watch, under the name Gyre, and Alpina is constant this 12 months with its personal variations.
The Gyre, because it’s named by fans, just isn’t wanting on the previous. It’s a watch that’s future-oriented, a watch that’s involved about the way forward for the oceans, the way forward for the planet and, to some extent, the way forward for watchmaking. The rationale for that lies within the supplies used to supply most of its elements. As an example, its case is made up of 70% plastic particles from ghost fishing nets collected within the Indian Ocean, and of 30% glass fibre, thus forming an ultra-resistant and light-weight module.
As for the strap, Alpina has developed an eco-responsible NATO-type constructed from recycled plastic bottles. A second strap is equipped with the 44mm males’s mannequin, this time constructed from “apple leather-based”, one of many first “vegetable leathers” used within the watch business.
And this eco-responsible initiative doesn’t cease right here. Certainly, every watch will likely be delivered in a field additionally made completely of recycled plastic. It incorporates a single assure and certificates of authenticity sheet printed on FSC Recycled paper. The directions to be used have been dematerialised, additional lowering the burden of the case and the usage of paper and ink. It may be accessed through a QR code printed on the liner of the field, which can also be product of recycled plastic bottles (rPET).
The brand new Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automated 2021 Version are usually not solely targeted on defending the atmosphere. They’re additionally true to the model’s spirit of strong and accessible watchmaking. As such, these are true diver’s fashions, and the design has been up to date this 12 months with new colors.
Accessible both in 44mm or 36mm, each have a black-coloured recycled case that is still water resistant to 300m, as being geared up with a screw-down crown and a stable metal caseback. Surrounding the sapphire crystal is a unidirectional bezel, product of PVD coated stainless-steel and that includes a blue PVD 60-minute insert. The numerals and markers on the size are coated in black luminescent materials, making it usable underwater.
For these 2021 editions, the dial has additionally been up to date. Whereas the earlier mannequin featured a reversed blue gradient dial, this 12 months’s version is extra traditional, with a black dial punctuated by utilized numerals and fingers full of white Tremendous-LumiNova. Mild blue accents might be discovered throughout, on the minuterie, the logos and the counterweight of the seconds hand. A date is displayed in a tone-on-tone window at three o’clock.
Below the caseback is a traditional automated motion, the calibre AL-525, primarily based on a Sellita SW200. It beats at 4Hz and presents 38 hours of energy reserve. The watch is worn on a black and blue NATO-style strap. The second strap delivered with the lads’s mannequin is completely black, reproducing the look of leather-based however in a vegetal means (apple leather-based).
Availability & Value
Every version (44mm or 36mm) of the Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automated 2021 will likely be restricted to 288 items. The boys’s mannequin (ref. AL-525LBN4VG6) will retail for EUR 1,395.
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