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With International Mother Earth Day heading our way in April, we look at some timepieces that contribute towards worthy environmental causes

In 2009, the UN General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day. The day acts as a call for collective responsibility, to promote harmony with nature and the planet. In essence it is about preserving the economic, social and environmental needs for future generations.

Across the globe, International Mother Earth Day is celebrated each year to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. In light of this important day, we profile some important models from watchmakers that have been created to support conservation efforts as well as highlight the importance of a more sustainable future.

For the Galapagos

IWC Acquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands”

This important timepiece was first created for the Charles Darwin Foundation in 2009 as a tribute to the important research and protection of the archipelago. Traditionally, part of the proceeds from sales of the Galapagos editions has always gone towards the foundation. The most recent iteration of the model is fitted with the IWC-manufactured 89365-calibre and features a flyback function along with an internal/internal rotating bezel with SafeDive system. Water resistant to 30 bar, a key feature of this Aquatimer Chronograph “Galapagos Islands” is its matte black rubber coating on the 444m stainless-steel case, which gifts it a highly-unique look and feel.

Protecting The Deep

Blancpain Ocean Commitment III

The Fifty Fathoms backstory of being the first modern diving watch is well-documented. Created in 1953, the timepiece is synonymous with the exploration of the deep. In 2014, Blancpain took that association a step further by introducing the Blancpain Ocean Commitment series, which served to advocate the importance of ocean protection. In 2018, the watchmaker revealed the third edition of the timepiece, which carries with it characteristics of the original model made in the 50s with the added benefit of the caliber 1151 self-winding movement. Boasting a four-day power reserve, and presented in a 40mm satin-brushed steel case with a sail-canvas strap with additional NATO strap, it undoubtedly sets the bar literally for dive watches everywhere.

Coral Conservation

Oris Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition

Created to commemorate its latest conservation project, the Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition celebrates the planting of 30,000 corals by Florida’s Coral Restoration Foundation. The proud proclamation is engraved on the timepiece’s case back. But this limited edition diver is also stunning in appearance as it arrives with a 43.5mm case finished in 18-karat yellow gold with a contrasting radiant blue dial. Beating within the case at 28,800 vibrations per hour is the caliber 798 movement, which equips the watch with a power reserve of 42 hours. The Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition is finished with a blue textured rubber-coated leather strap.

For the Ocean

Bremont Waterman

This limited edition diver is not just remarkable and highly-technical but it has also been tested in some of the world’s most extreme oceans by world-renowned free-diver and ocean environmentalist Mark Healey. The timepiece was made to support ‘Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii’, a charity that aims to increase the awareness of ocean conservation. The GMT model itself is based on the S501 Supermarine, featuring a 43mm case and a unidirectional sapphire bezel. It is equipped with a BE-93-2AE automatic COSC-certified chronometer movement with an anti-shock mount.  The design of the piece itself is beautifully contrasted with a white crosshatched dial blending nicely with the blue and white sapphire bezel with matching blue dial markers and rubber and kevlar straps.

Eco Conscious

Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition

World renowned explorer, sailor and environmentalist, Mike Horn collaborated with Panerai on this professional’s diver’s watch. Bearing his signature engraved on the case back, the timepiece features amongst other things a 47mm case made out of EcoTitanium and a light strong strap is made of recycled plastic. Powering the functions of the timepiece is an automatic mechanical, P.9010 calibre movement, which provides a reserve of three days. The dial layout features luminous hour markers and dots with the date sitting at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. To ensure it measures up to the challenges of the deep, the Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition is rated for a water resistance up to 30 bar.

In 2009, the UN General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day. The day acts as a call for collective responsibility, to promote harmony with nature and the planet. In essence it is about preserving the economic, social and environmental needs for future generations.

Across the globe, International Mother Earth Day is celebrated each year to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. In light of this important day, we profile some important models from watchmakers that have been created to support conservation efforts as well as highlight the importance of a more sustainable future.

For The Galapagos

IWC Acquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands”

 

This important timepiece was first created for the Charles Darwin Foundation in 2009 as a tribute to the important research and protection of the archipelago. Traditionally, part of the proceeds from sales of the Galapagos editions has always gone towards the foundation. The most recent iteration of the model is fitted with the IWC-manufactured 89365-calibre and features a flyback function along with an internal/internal rotating bezel with SafeDive system. Water resistant to 30 bar, a key feature of this Aquatimer Chronograph “Galapagos Islands” is its matte black rubber coating on the 444m stainless-steel case, which gifts it a highly-unique look and feel.

Protecting The Deep

Blancpain Ocean Commitment III

The Fifty Fathoms backstory of being the first modern diving watch is well-documented. Created in 1953, the timepiece is synonymous with the exploration of the deep. In 2014, Blancpain took that association a step further by introducing the Blancpain Ocean Commitment series, which served to advocate the importance of ocean protection. In 2018, the watchmaker revealed the third edition of the timepiece, which carries with it characteristics of the original model made in the 50s with the added benefit of the caliber 1151 self-winding movement. Boasting a four-day power reserve, and presented in a 40mm satin-brushed steel case with a sail-canvas strap with additional NATO strap, it undoubtedly sets the bar literally for dive watches everywhere.

Coral Conservation

Oris Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition

Created to commemorate its latest conservation project, the Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition celebrates the planting of 30,000 corals by Florida’s Coral Restoration Foundation. The proud proclamation is engraved on the timepiece’s case back. But this limited edition diver is also stunning in appearance as it arrives with a 43.5mm case finished in 18-karat yellow gold with a contrasting radiant blue dial. Beating within the case at 28,800 vibrations per hour is the caliber 798 movement, which equips the watch with a power reserve of 42 hours. The Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition is finished with a blue textured rubber-coated leather strap.

For the Ocean

Bremont Waterman

 

This limited edition diver is not just remarkable and highly-technical but it has also been tested in some of the world’s most extreme oceans by world-renowned free-diver and ocean environmentalist Mark Healey. The timepiece was made to support ‘Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii’, a charity that aims to increase the awareness of ocean conservation. The GMT model itself is based on the S501 Supermarine, featuring a 43mm case and a unidirectional sapphire bezel. It is equipped with a BE-93-2AE automatic COSC-certified chronometer movement with an anti-shock mount.  The design of the piece itself is beautifully contrasted with a white crosshatched dial blending nicely with the blue and white sapphire bezel with matching blue dial markers and rubber and kevlar straps.

Eco Conscious

Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition

World renowned explorer, sailor and environmentalist, Mike Horn collaborated with Panerai on this professional’s diver’s watch. Bearing his signature engraved on the case back, the timepiece features amongst other things a 47mm case made out of EcoTitanium and a light strong strap is made of recycled plastic. Powering the functions of the timepiece is an automatic mechanical, P.9010 calibre movement, which provides a reserve of three days. The dial layout features luminous hour markers and dots with the date sitting at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. To ensure it measures up to the challenges of the deep, the Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition is rated for a water resistance up to 30 bar.