Two years ago Ulysse Nardin unveiled the Diver Net, an ambitious concept watch designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Now the watchmaker has built on the innovative findings of this project to bring a sustainable watch to market, launched to celebrate the Ocean Race, for which the brand is the official timekeeper.
Here a well-rounded approach has been taken, examining and optimising every element of the timepiece. The rugged 44mm case is primarily constructed from a mix of Carbonium, a high-tech form of carbon composite with a lower environmental impact than comparable alternatives, and Nylo, a material made from recycled fishing nets. Meanwhile, the stainless-steel elements come from waste from the car industry, with 80-85 per cent from recycled sources.
Even the movement has been carefully thought through to be eco-friendly without compromising on reliability and precision. Here, local sourcing is key, and 95 per cent of the components are available within a 30km radius of the Ulysse Nardin manufacture in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
The finishing touches are just as considered. The watch comes presented on a fashionable and hard-wearing strap made 100 per cent from recycled fishing nets. Each of the limited run of 200 pieces each comes in a water-resistant recycled PET pouch made by Helly Hansen, also the official clothing supplier to the Ocean Race.