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Swatch NASA Collection Has a Bioceramic Edge

With Space X sending rockets into the skies, and then landing the boosters back on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship – yep, the videos are so cool – the time is right for some 60s/70s Spaceman type watches.

So, Swatch Group has launched a new NASA inspired collection, plus it ticks the recycling box as they are using reclaimed plastic waste materials making these watches. Hopefully Elon Musk will sign a deal with a big watch brand to create some amazing Spaxce X watches, or manufacture them in-house. Now that would be interesting.

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Time is what you make of it, and at Swatch, the sky’s not the limit; dreams are. While the perceptions of NASA differ across generations, one thing remains the same – the space agency’s ability to capture the public’s imagination and desire to explore the stars and new horizons. The brand’s latest collection taps into this feeling, inspiring people to dream big, create their own universe and make the most of their time on earth.

Fueled by a passion for innovation, the Space Collection celebrates NASA and reveals the next chapter of the BIOCERAMIC Swatch story. Two-thirds ceramic and one-third bio-sourced plastic, BIOCERAMIC boasts a silk-like touch and is extremely resilient—the best of both worlds. Three of the five watches feature elements of bio-sourced material and are directly inspired by the spacesuits worn by NASA astronauts.

BIG BOLD CHRONO EXTRAVEHICULAR looks to the iconic white spacesuit for inspiration. First worn in 1983 by NASA astronauts Story Musgrave and Donald Peterson, the white suits shield astronauts from the sun’s radiation.

The white chrono features a 47mm BIOCERAMIC case and a bio-sourced plastic glass. The chrono timer is not set to the usual full hour marker but ten seconds prior and highlighted in red as a nod to the final countdown to liftoff. The crown is positioned at 3 o’clock alongside two pushers, while the red and blue strap loops, hands with Swatch glow and NASA logo complete the design.

The orange Advanced Crew Escape Suit, also known as the Pumpkin Suit, inspires the BIG BOLD CHRONO LAUNCH. The bright orange color of the watch mirrors the highly visible suits worn by astronauts for the ascent into space.

The orange chrono features a 47mm BIOCERAMIC case and a bio-sourced plastic glass. The chrono timer is not set to the usual full hour marker but ten seconds prior and highlighted in red as a nod to the final countdown to liftoff. The crown is positioned at 3 o’clock alongside two pushers, while the blue and white strap loops, silver-colored dial, hands with Swatch glow and NASA logo complete the design.

The BIG BOLD JUMPSUIT echoes the everyday go-to blue jumpsuits astronauts wear for press conferences or working in the NASA facility. The blue watch features a 47mm BIOCERAMIC case and a bio-sourced plastic glass. The crown is positioned at 2 o’clock, while the white strap loops, hands with Swatch glow and NASA logo complete the design.

Rounding up the Swatch Space Collection is TAKE ME TO THE MOON ‘NEW GENT’ with a transparent case, and SPACE RACE ‘GENT’ with a mirror-effect ilver-colored dial.

Watch out for the Swatch Space Collection exclusive set that includes the youngest member of the Swatch family. Available in selected Swatch stores from June 3, 2021.

Luminox Bear Grylls Tide X Is An Ocean Lifesaver

Can there ever be a truly eco-friendly wristwatch? Well Luminox thinks so, and has teamed up with legendary adventurer Bear Grylls. The watch has the inscription Never Give Up on the dial, and the case, and strap, are both made from recycled material. It also provides revenue for people in Thailand so that they can help clear the seas of plastic, even if it’s only a little bit at a time.

For the tide x Bear Grylls timepiece, Luminox used 100% recycled material to produce the case, bezel, and strap. This 45 mm watch features a sapphire crystal, a uni-directional diving bezel, our Luminox Light Technology at key spots on the dial and bezel as well as special logos engraved to the case back.

Rugged and good looking, this limited edition fits the Bear Grylls collection, and mission, perfectly.

About #tide ocean material®: it is made from 100% ocean-bound plastic, developed in partnership with Swiss scientists. On five islands in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand, local fishermen are being trained and paid to gather and sort plastic waste. This material is registered, washed, shredded and turned into a granular material that can be injected or spun into a yarn. A portion of the retail price from each sale will be donated directly to Project Aware (projectaware.org), which works with scuba divers around the globe to protect underwater environments.

Skagen Henrickson Solar is A Green Dream for Woke Watch Fans

Are you woke? Fantastic, and congratulations on your gender-neutral Blue Peter badges. No doubt you’ll want to ditch that nasty battery powered wristwatch you currently own, and replace it with something like the Skagen Henrickson Solar, which features a solar cell power unit, plus a strap made from recycled plastic.

Actually, the savings to the planet by ditching battery powered watches are huge, as a typical solar cell lasts ten years or so, instead of 2-3 years for a battery watch. So yeah, seriously, solar watches are a good thing.

The actual movement holder inside the case is partially made from castor oil, which reduces the plastic content too. Plus the packaging around the watch is made from recycled paper.

Fantastic news, but the downside is that the new Skagen Henrickson costs £195, putting it beyond the reach of many poor working class people. Not very inclusive we think, because solar watches like this need to retail at inder £100 if we are going to really change the watch industry.

Greener Consumer? Here Are Some Watches That Make a Difference

Did you know a single plastic bottle lasts 450 years in the ocean? Well several watch brands are doing all they can to recycle, re-use plastic and other discarded products and so produce greener watches. We take a look at the work that is going on.

Nautica has developed pioneering textiles that seek to minimize environmental impact. Using their revolutionary fabric REVIVE 1, made by 30 common plastic bottles per linear metre, Nautica hope that consumers will support this recycling idea and buy a watch with a greener strap, rather than conventional leather or steel. More info here.

The Panerai Mike Horn edition uses recycled products in the strap and the case is made from recycled titanium too. The Panerai factory in Switzerland is also carbon dioxide neutral by the way.

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Junghans Max Bill solar

Choose Solar – not battery power

If you like modern watches then the short answer to the question about consuming resources is simple; choose a solar powered watch rather than a lithium battery watch. Lithium is generally extracted in poorer countries, via extraction from salt flats. It’s a very wasteful method, using billions of gallons of water and then the lithium has to be transported to the battery factory of course – that may be a long way from Brazil, Tibet, Bolivia or Argentina.

So if you buy a solar watch the battery cell usually lasts about 10-12 years instead, with the daylight providing the recharging power on a daily basis. Big names in solar watches include Seiko, Citizen, Junghans, Tissot and Casio.

Going solar doesn’t sound like a big step forward from regular quartz watches, but is arguably the biggest single environmental change that the global watch industry could make.

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More Trees, Cleaner Oceans – It’s All Good

Woodwatch in the UK have been pioneers in wooden watch cases and straps. When you buy a Woodwatch the company plants a tree, so replacing the wood that’s being used – and then some. It’s win-win baby. More here.

Mondaine are now using solar panels on the factory roof, which they say produces 80% of the power needed to produce their famous Swiss Railway themed designs. In addition the 2020 Mondaine watch range features straps made from recycled plastics.

Swiss giant Richemont Group introduced a Green Handbook last year, which looks at every detail in the watch production and distribution chain. All the Richemont brands will use around 30% less packaging materials from 2020 onwards by the way. Chopard are another brand looking carefully at where raw materials come from and announced last year that they are only using gold produced under ethical conditions.

Blancpain, Omega and Oris are all famous for making dive watches and so all three brands are heavily involved in various marine clean-up, conservation and restoration of marine habitat projects around the globe. Oris have some interesting data on their support for Pacific Garbage Screening here by the way, well worth reading.

It’s a beautiful world out there – let’s help preserve it.