Tom Ford extends its collection of watches made using recycled materials with the Tom Ford Ocean Plastic N.004, a rectangular-cased series with a minimalist, number-free dial design.
Cased in a 27mm by 48.5mm semi-matte black or white recycled ‘ocean plastic’ case with a steel back, the quartz-powered series extends the brand’s eco-friendly ethos to its matching white or black strap, which is made entirely from the same recycled material as the case. The braided straps are similar to the black and white straps found on its round-cased, black-dialed Ocean Plastic watches that debuted earlier this year.
According to the company, each Swiss-made Ocean Plastic N.004 watch “permanently removes the equivalent of 35 bottles of plastic waste from the ocean, with all packaging being recyclable.”
Tom Ford says it plans to release a metal version of the watch this Fall made with 100% recycled steel.
The new model is dressier than the earlier Ocean Plastic designs, with elegant diamond cut hour and a minute hands, double-curved sapphire crystal and a crown made of either matte stainless steel with a white ocean plastic insert or a black PVD plating and black ocean plastic insert. No markers beyond the Tom Ford logo at 12 o’clock are visible.
In part that’s because this year TAG Heuer closely collaborated with its resident Indy driver Alexander Rossi, a TAG Heuer ‘friend’ who will be wearing the new watch during the famed Indy 500 race this Sunday, May 29.
Right away you’ll see the Indy 500 logo engraved in gold on the watch’s ceramic bezel framing an inner bezel colored to echo the brick red that gives the racetrack its Brickyard nickname. Look toward the 6 o’clock location however to see the 1/10th second chronograph counter and the dial’s real treat: a depiction of the track’s famed Pagoda control structure.
With an Indy 500 engraving dominating its case back, this Formula 1 Indy 500 2022 Limited Edition chronograph is ready to race. TAG Heuer adds that Rossi’s helmet will also reflect the look and colors of the new watch.
The quartz-powered chronograph is water-resistant to 200-meters and highly shock resistant. Its steel three-row bracelet fits the watch over a racing suit with use of a folding clasp with a double safety system and pilot extension.
The new watch both represents TAG Heuer’s first entry into the light-powered watch arena while also demonstrating a slow but steady move by Swiss watchmakers to build greater sustainability into their products, and even into their day-to-day operations.
The 40mm black DLC-coated stainless steel watch is powered by light thanks to its all-new solar-powered movement designed and built by La Joux-Perret, the Swiss-based movement maker owned by Citizen. (We’re inquiring as to how much of Citizen’s existing Eco-Drive expertise the Swiss manufacturer has utilized.)
The sun not only powers the movement of the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph, but it also lightens the distinctive SuperLuminova elements of the watch’s very cool light-marbled bezel, as well as its dial and hands.
As the SuperLuminova blends with the black carbon during the manufacturing of the bezel, it creates a unique pattern that essentially makes each bezel slightly different.
This Solargraph movement means the wearer will not need to change the watch’s battery, which recharges in sunlight or even in artificial light. After two minutes in full sunlight the watch will operate for one full day, and when fully charged after about twenty hours under the sun, the watch can run for six months. If the timepiece stops working, the wearer need only expose it again to light for ten seconds to make it start once again.
Specifications: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph
Movement: TH50-00 by La Joux-Perret.
Dial: Black sunray brushed w/black applied indexes with Super-LumiNova black hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova Polar blue color central hand with SuperLumiNova angled date.
Case: 40mm Black DLC steel, sandblasted. Carbon with SuperLuminova unidirectional turning bezel with 60-minute scale, sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment, black DLC steel screw-down crown at 3 o’clock, black DLC steel screwed case back. Water resistance: 200 meters.
Bracelet: Black rubber strap, black DLC steel folding clasp with double safety push buttons with adjustment link extension.
Already one of the world’s largest producers of environmentally friendly light-powered watches, Casio launches the new Pro Trek PRW61, its first watch made with renewable materials. With the new model, the Japanese watchmaker appropriately extends its green profile within Casio’s line of affordable outdoor adventure watches.
The new Pro Trek PRW61 is made from biomass plastics sourced from renewable organic substances.
In addition to the new model launch, Casio is also shifting from plastic to recycled paper in packaging for this watch, and will expand its use of sustainable materials in the design of other watch models.
“For the first time in any Casio watch, the PRW61 uses biomass plastics, produced using materials derived from castor seeds and corn, as well as other raw materials, in the case, band and case back” said Tadashi Shibuya, Vice President of Casio’s Timepiece Division. “We are incredibly proud of this new material application for our line of outdoor watches, Pro Trek, for nature lovers.”
As an outdoor-focused design, the new watch is equipped with Casio’s own Tough Solar light-power technology, a digital compass, barometer/altimeter and thermometer (Triple Sensor), as well as Multi-Band 6 radio wave reception.
The watch’s sensors project readings to the easy-to-read dial, which offers wide bar indexes to quickly check time, direction and other indicators. Compass direction is particularly easy to determine with a glance as the yellow seconds hand.
Additional features include 100 meters of water resistance, low-temperature resistance to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, five independent daily alarms, a 1/100-second stopwatch and a countdown timer.
The Pro Trek PRW61-1A features a black dial and band with silver accents. Price: $420.
Maurice Lacroix cases its sporty Aikon collection in colorful recycled ocean-bound plastic to create a bright series of Aikon #tide quartz time and date watches.
With assistance from Swiss recycler #tide, Maurice Lacroix cases each 40mm watch with up-cycled plastic combined with glass fiber. The composite material is twice as hard as standard plastic and is five times more shock and damage resistant, according to the brand. Maurice Lacroix creates the bezel, case, case back, crown, end-piece and buckle on the Aikon #tide using the composite material.
If the sun-drenched case and dial colors aren’t enough seaside style for you, Maurice Lacroix also references with sea on the watch’s dial with its ‘Vague du Jura’ motif, topped with a flat sapphire crystal. Several models sport diamond-set indexes (see above).
As an Aikon, the watch retains its Swiss watch technical profile with a screw-down crown and a screwed caseback that contribute to the watch’s water resistance of 100 meters.
Maurice Lacroix also equips the new series with its own Easy Strap Exchange system, allowing the wearer to swap the strap for an alternative without the need for tools. Maurice Lacroix will expand the Aikon #tide collection later in 2022 with a model featuring a recycled-material composite bracelet.