Slowly but surely, over the past decade, natural experiments have begun to appear in various aspects of our daily lives. From the same grocery store that no longer offers plastic shopping bags, to the global grocery stores and retailers who have my eternal appreciation for no longer sending items in plastic bags. A world of values, often associated with the culture of “much is good“, he has been one of the most influential figures in the competition for the betterment of the country, and you can see nothing more than watches. these little things that we can’t afford. (Usually) Gone are the days of a suitcase size watch box, and on top of my room I am so thankful for this.A few brands go on, and start looking ways to reduce physical waste or the use of recycled or recycled materials in the clock itself. The same is true of the Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic 2021 Edition 44mm.
GYRE Watches from the Netherlands took part in the final round, launching their company to do the same. Their first watch, the SeaCleaner, has a case made from recycled fishing nets in the Indian Ocean, with a NATO strap made from recycled marine plastic, moving respectfully. “save the sea”Head. You can read more about GYRE here.
Alpina view loved what he saw at GYRE and decided to form the Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic team. The idea is to take GYRE’s innovative, progressive approach, and use 140 years of Swiss watchmaking to shape it into a true, 300m clock. Was it successful? We took the clock and jumped into the Florida Keys to find out, but first, let’s talk about the basics.
First released in June 2020, we are looking at the changes 2021 example. The Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic, as it is called, can be mistaken for an initial look with a fixed Alpina watch line from Seastrong swimsuits. You might be mistaken in looking around, assuming his black bag is a DLC coated with stainless steel. That’s when you take the watch in your hand that you see that something is going on. It is heavier than a 300m wristwatch, which makes you think it could be titanium, but when you hear the case, it is clear that this is very different. The closest analogy can be like a carbon fiber watch, it sounds light and fragile and freezes and solid at the same time. The compound is made up of 70% Recycled PA, which is the aforementioned fishing nets mentioned earlier, and 30% fiber optic. Glass threads are useful for things like strengthening, strengthening the clock and allowing it to reach a depth of 300 meters and stand time.
The Seastrong Diver Gyre is available in the size of 36mm “ladies” (knowledge in Alpina, maybe by 2022 we can just call them small and large) and 44mm larger, which is the right size for modern swimmers. The case structure is similar to cushion-adjacent to the entire Seastrong line. You could call it a 21st-century cushion, the same shape as the oval-esqe that we all know and love, but with cut corners, giving it a geometric shape, almost a 3D printed shape. The song is good, even a black one with silver studs. “Light treatment” is as obvious as Alpina wants to disclose, but it shines brightly.
Alpina and GYRE names, as well as minute indices near the dial, are printed in turquoise color, depending on the overall marine vibe. Hands of an hour and a half are bones and a half filled with the same light support, giving full accent. At the bottom of the ring beats the heart of the clock, the AL-525 movement, which is the Sellita SW200-1, with a circular and ornate ornamentation. One of the strongest “workhorse” out there, is the automatic shift that includes 26 gemstones, hit 28,000vph and provides 38 hours of energy saving. This move is protected by a screw-in, stainless steel, and ensures that you get 300 meters of water resistant that is exposed to the sound. Finish the waterproof work with a twisted crown, adorned with a triangular Alpina logo.
At the back of the clock, we find a bezel, something that should be talked about on any clock that needs to be tucked under water. The Seastrong Gyre’s bezel is a 120-click, unidirectional function, made from stainless steel and the so-called blue PVD coating, but looks very black. Small markers are drawn in the bezel to make sure they don’t fade. The whole thing has a shiny finish that looks great and illuminates the surrounding light in fun ways. This was also one thing about the watch that gave me a moment of “uh oh” when I thought of putting it underwater, but more after that.
On hand, the whole package wears very well. The 44mm wears smaller than those numbers might think; it doesn’t sound bigger than 42mm and that’s a good thing. This is probably due to its slight weight over 12mm and the shorter bag size and 49mm bag. The combination reduces weight significantly from your stainless steel watch watch, and the result is a functional and durable tool, but one that you can forget to wear if you don’t mind. Best in the world.
Even a strong, reliable watch is no longer necessary to jump into the water these days, it is still fun to wear under the sea; something to remind you of a simple (very dangerous) time, before computers help us in all things. And in a game where any failed weapon can be life threatening, you can’t have too much.
The Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic, with its lightweight and unobtrusive design, makes for an excellent timepiece. The integrated NATO strap is too long to fit snugly in a wet suit, or just look at it as quickly as it did in our 30s jump.°C, blue crystal water. In my experience there are two types of modern floor clocks, the first with a short cut, 50mm metal straps designed to be another gauge and of course look the part, sometimes even made of bronze to go fill Jules Verne. The second is the smaller, more visible, designed to fit into your equipment, missing and worrying until you find it and find it dependent on where it belongs. This watch belongs to the last group. The dark black finish makes it almost perfect to hide in a wetsuit unless you know where to look.
Functionally, the watch performs exactly as you would expect from modern swimmers. I mentioned the slightest hint when it comes to the bezel. On top of that, the brilliant, brightly lit bezel makes it difficult to quickly determine where you are on the road, depending on the amount of display that is going on, and I worry that this will continue underwater. Unfortunately this is not the case. Another combination of water science / lighting technology on my head makes the bezel stand out under the water. Even better, the minute notes that have always seemed black on the black bezel? Those are filled with bright things. It will not win any lume competition, but it is enough to be counted in the dark. During the day the lumeyo adds a contrast to facilitate full legitimacy.
As an underwater totem, I often put in poetic clocks that remind us of a variety of people in the past, because it is a feeling one feels for many grape lovers who go through today. The Alpina Seastrong Gyre takes you the other way. Instead of looking back and dreaming about the early days of sailing and searching for treasures and drinking rum on wooden ships, this watch makes you look to the future, and imagine the dangers that the oceans of the world may seem to be on. paying close attention. It may not be a romantic fantasy, but it is a very important one.
GYRE’s Bernard Werk said in an interview “You can’t handle a plastic (problem) with a 7-gram clock. But a watch can be a starting point for conversation.”And if each of these clocks starts with just a few people talking, or encourages a number of swimmers to pick up litter that you see below, then that is a good way to go.
The Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic 44mm is now available from the Alpina page EUR 1,395 and only 288 pieces. For more information, please visit alpinawatches.com.
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