Andrew Conway reveals how the brands behind these luxury diving watches play a crucial role in helping to protect the world’s oceans.
Divers have long been guardians of the deep. They share their knowledge of the marine world in an effort to protect and preserve our increasingly vulnerable oceans. So it makes perfect sense that luxury watch brands – especially those with dive and marine-themed timepieces in their stylish collections – are also making deep dives into global conservation.
Household names like Omega, Rolex and Breitling, along with renowned Swiss fine watchmakers such as Blancpain, Breguet, Carl F. Bucherer and Panerai, are all passionately committed to helping finance and promote vital ocean and water conservancy initiatives across the planet.
With its almost 70-year legacy of the Fifty Fathoms diving watch, Blancpain has close ties to leading explorers, photographers, scientists and environmentalists. For the past several years, the Blancpain Ocean Commitment has supported the Pristine Seas expeditions, French marine scientist Laurent Ballesta’s Gombessa Project, the World Ocean Initiative spearheaded by The Economist, and the United Nations’ World Oceans Day.
In a nod to nature and after interpretations in black, grey and blue, Blancpain’s iconic Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback is now adorned in green, ideal for any underwater setting.
Breguet’s passion for marine timepieces dates back to 1815. It was then that the brand was appointed chronometer-maker to the French royal navy by King Louis XVIII. More than a century later, the Swiss brand has partnered with the Race for Water Foundation by sponsoring ‘Odyssey 2017-2021’ – a five-year, around-the-world sailing expedition to raise awareness of plastic pollution and the need for water preservation.
In 2018, the brand enhanced its ‘Marine by Breguet’ collection with three stylish new models. The new look combines a maritime aesthetic and technical precision with time-honoured Swiss watchmaking tradition.
Omega’s Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition is a cutting-edge watch on a mission to save the seas. Omega is a proud partner of Nekton – a not-for-profit research foundation committed to ocean protection and preservation. Notably, they fund the ‘First Descent’ missions to explore and conserve the Indian Ocean.
Then there’s Breitling, which in 2019 launched its Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition dive watch. The watch commemorated its key partnership with the global Ocean Conservancy initiative, supported by US surf legend Kelly Slater and Australian champions Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore.
Breitling launched the watch with a high-profile beach clean-up in Bali. As Slater commented: “Everyone can contribute to a cleaner environment, for ourselves and for future generations.”
This article originally appeared in volume 38 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine. Subscribe to the latest issue today.
Watches left to right: Breitling Superocean Chronometer, POA; Blancpain Fifty Fathoms in green, POA.
Image © Gianluca Genoni/Blancpain