Continuing to focus on ecological ethics in its development and creative processes, BAUME & MERCIER unveils the new BAUME OCEAN II, 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. A pioneer in applying this plastic upcycling principle to the luxury world, BAUME & MERCIER is proud to support this global action. A true circular economy project, it brings a new dimension to the brand’s vision of watchmaking in the search for a compromise between bold design and an ever more exacting respect for the environment while upholding traditions.
THE USE OF RECYCLED MATERIALS
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 aluminium 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 ASSERTION OF A UNIQUE DESIGN
Illustrating the expert design of BAUME & MERCIER, the new BAUME OCEAN II glows, hypnotizing the eye with its unique look. 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. In keeping with the distinctive aesthetic codes that have brought success to BAUME, the model maintains 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. Based on the strength of its design expertise, 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.
Driven by a tried-and-true Swiss Made self-winding mechanical movement, water-resistant to 30M and equipped with a 38-hour power reserve, the new BAUME OCEAN II was meticulously assembled at the BAUME & MERCIER watchmaking workshops at Les Brenets, in the heart of the Swiss Jura.
A 100% ECOLOGICAL SEAQUAL® YARN STRAP
The new BAUME OCEAN II boasts – with even more panache, considering that it is made of 100% recycled plastic – a woven strap in upcycled PET 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. It’s as easy as unbuttoning a shirt, no tools required.
5% FOR THE PLANET
Because solidarity requires more long-term assistance, BAUME & MERCIER is committed to donating 5% from the proceeds of the BAUME OCEAN II watch to its two partners, Waste Free Oceans and SEAQUAL INITIATIVE. Those 5% – a reference to the Earth’s five oceans – will help organize further operations aiming to combat marine pollution.