For almost 140 years, the Swiss manufacturer Alpina has been intimately linked to nature, the great outdoors and their exploration. Now, the Maison uneils its new Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic line, worthy heir to this commitment due to it being made from plastic waste. Technological innovation, craftsmanship and an ecological manifesto are the driving forces behind theses five models launched on World Ocean Day. And Alpina goes even further by announcing its partnership with the Gyre Watch, responsible for sourcing the recycled material, and with Surfrider Foundation Europe which has become a reference in the fight for the preservation of the ocean.
If humanity is caught in a climatic whirlwind that may be impossible to slow down, the same is true of the 8 bis 10 tones of plastic waste dumped into our oceans every year. It mainly ends up in ocean gyres, vast vortices fromed by different sea currents.
With the Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic Alpina got actively engaged with this problematic and developed a case which comprises of 70% plastic debris derived from fishing nets collected in the Indian Ocean. To ensure durability, it has been strengthened with fibreglass. Alpina guarantees a water-resistance of up to 300 metres.
The Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic range now compromises five variations, including three men’s models with a diameter of 44 mm and two ladies models with a diameter of 36 mm. They share three dial finishes evoking the reflections of the sea, in blue shades, turquoise and dyed mother-of-pearl, complete with luminescent hands. The seconds hand is finished with the famous triangle from the Alpina logo, which also features as an index hour marker at 12 o’clock. At 3 o’clock you’ll find a small date window and over it all lies a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
All Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic models present a unidirectional bezel that recalls the nautical pedigree of the Seastrong collection.
All watches are powered by the automatic calibre AL-525. This movement works at a frequency of 28.800 Hz and provides a power reserve of approximately 38 hours.
Completing the look – and the recycling theme – of these Seastrong models are three two-tone Nato style straps made from recycled plastic bottles. In addition, Alpina is offering a black vegetable leather strap comprised of recycled apple waste with every men’s model.
All watches are limited to 1883 pieces.