Swiss watch brand BAUME & MERCIER presents BAUME OCEAN II, a new timpiece crafted from upcycled materials in collaboration with the Belgian NGO Waste Free Oceans (WFO) and the Spanish organization SEAQUAL INITIATIVE.
These two leaders in ocean protection, with which the House has been working since 2018, collect plastic pollution from the oceans and to transform it into innovative products. The Swiss watch maker released this new BAUME OCEAN II watch on the World Ocean Day (06 June) this year.
The case of the new BAUME OCEAN II model is made with marine debris plastic that is recovered throughout the world by WFO and then processed. Special attention was brought to the selection of the material to ensure that it is of a high quality in terms of performance and durability. The watch case features a recycled plastic cover produced by WFO, composed of 80% plastic waste gathered by the NGO that has been mingled with 20% fiberglass in order to reinforce its resistance.
By combining a movement protected by an aluminum container with the case that clips onto it, the innovative structure of the BAUME OCEAN II brings life to a creation that perfectly mingles design with Swiss watchmaking quality.
The great purity of the sun satin-finished oceanic blue dial is heightened by the ideal proportions of the shapes and finishes so distinctive of BAUME & MERCIER. The model maintains emblematic BAUME features like the off-center knurled crown at 12 o’clock reminiscent of pocket watches, as well as articulated lugs in black anodized aluminum.
The reworked case is open-worked on the side instead of being solid, revealing the blue anodized aluminum container that protects the movement. The blue vibe and open-working emphasize the athletic line of this exquisitely designed timepiece, while white transfers contrast with the blue background to lend the piece a depth evoking the ocean.
BAUME & MERCIER has gone one step further into its original approach to displaying time by replacing the large minute hand with a small hand in the shape of a bird’s beak to create the illusion of a single central hand.
The BAUME OCEAN II watch is equipped with a Swiss Made self-winding mechanical movement with a 38-hour power reserve. It is water-resistant to 30 meters.
The new BAUME OCEAN II features a woven strap in upcycled PET (made of 100% recycled plastic) with lighter blue overstitching. The edge is remborded and lined with black cork for improved comfort in wear. The interchangeable strap may be detached and changed thanks to a system of recycled walnut buttons.
The new BAUME OCEAN II model comes in a hexagonal recyclable cardboard box with a felt lining in recycled polyester.
BAUME & MERCIER will donate 5% from the proceeds of the BAUME OCEAN II watch to its two partners, Waste Free Oceans and SEAQUAL INITIATIVE.
Model: BAUME OCEAN II
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vph)
Thickness: 4.6 mm
Hours, minutes and date
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 10.2 mm
Anthracite upcycled polypropylene case band and blue anodized aluminium container
Articulated black anodized aluminium horns
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire case back with white decalc: WFO – Waste Free Ocean
Knurled crown at 12 o’clock
Water-resistance: 3 ATM (approx. 30m)
Sun satin-finished blue
Date display at 6 o’clock
Interchangeable blue woven upcycled PET with light blue stitching
Black cork lining
System of button very reliable that allows to change the strap without tools
Black PVD steel pin buckle