While pollution is a continuing issue for all those of us on earth, the dimensions of the problem pales compared to the scale of ocean pollution. Amidst such issues as ocean acidification, toxic algal blooms, coral bleaching, and others, among the very pressing and simple to understand is that the sheer scale of plastic waste in our oceans. The largest collection of sea waste, colloquially known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, covers twice the surface area of Texas and similar patches of ocean plastic are observed around the globe. Alpina, as a part of its ongoing efforts in organic conservation, has launched a bold new step in combating this issue using its Seastrong line of dive watches. The resulting limited variant Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic includes a case and strap made almost entirely from recycled ocean plastics, conceived in concert together with Dutch microbrand Gyre, to raise awareness of the continuing ecological threat.Alpina Debuts Limited Edition Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic Made Of Recycled Ocean Plastics Watch Releases
The 44mm instance of the Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic is made of a unique black composite substance, featuring 70 percent recycled plastics obtained from abandoned fishing nets removed by the Indian Ocean. The case design itself is an odd, somewhat stilted take on the pillow case formulation, with stout beveled lugs and an incongruous stepped look as a result of its broad collection crown guards and matching extended section on the 9 o’clock side. The matte finish of this composite makes the polished black of the rotating dip bezel add that much more striking, changing the most basic of dive watch elements into something visually memorable.
The times when IWC would pass each of its six households beneath the surgeon’s knife on a six-yearly cycle begin to seem rather remote. In such commercially enlightened times, the strategy is now predictable for different reasons, namely that the company will return to its leading lines a lot more frequently than it once did. Popularity plus novelty equals prosperity, or anything like that.
Thus it is that this year we return again into the popular Portugieser, IWC’s unofficial flagship and a layout whose character has remained largely unaltered since its introduction in the late 1930s.