Alpina shares its efforts in support of World Ocean Day on June 8th with a new version of their Seastrong Diver. The new Gyre Automatic model features a composite case made out of 70% plastic debris that are sourced from fishing nets found in the Indian Ocean. The 44mm case is also combined with fiberglass to enhance its durability and is water resistant up to 300M/1000ft)
"This line as well as its name draw their inspiration from the encounter between Alpina and the watch journalist Bernard Werk, in the Netherlands, three years ago. Personally involved in the preservation of the oceans, he created the concept as well as the name "GYRE", in reference to these giant circular ocean currents - and consisting in reusing the ghost fishing nets from the Indian Ocean. In order to protect an environment dear to Alpina as well as to GYRE-founders Bernard Werk and Jorrit Niels - and leave a sustainable footprint - the Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic line is the beginning of a long-term collaboration between Gyre Watch and the Maison."
Available with three dial finishes that are inspired by the sea, the watches also feature two-tone NATO-style straps made from recycled plastic bottles and every watch will also include a black vegetable leather strap made out of recycled apple waste. The movement is an AL-525 automatic with a 38-hour power reserve.