We love great stories at MrWatchMaster and bring you the story of Ulysse Nardin who have been making marine chronometers of incomparable reliability for explorers since 1846. They are now focused on researching and developing solutions for the growing plastic pollution crisis in our oceans.

The watchmaker has implemented a dedicated research unit to studying materials from the sea, particularly the characteristics of oyster shells, algae, marine PET (plastic bottles) and polyamide fishing nets. The team is currently researching several avenues of sustainable innovation for future watchmaking projects.

Ulysse Nardin is taking their commitment further by introducing the DIVER NET, a concept watch in which each trim element has been designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible. A totally innovative and ‘upcycled’ watch for which the search for suppliers was key.

For the case, middle, back and bezel decoration of the DIVER NET, Ulysse Nardin has placed its trust in three young Breton designers (below) who have created the first fishing net recycling sector in France. FIL&FAB recovers nets that are no longer in use from harbours and transforms them into polyamide pellets, a raw material that is highly resistant to friction. These partners have an industrial design and transition background, with a real sensitivity to the product.

A design object is creating one which has been thought out from start to finish to fulfil its functions without damaging the environment.”

Yann Louboutin, Co-Founder, FIL&FAB

The sea has always been part of our brand’s DNA and exploration has always been our spearhead. Our intention is not to be the first to innovate with sustainable materials, but rather to show the watch industry that it is possible to make our customers aware of recycled materials, even for luxury items.”

Patrick Pruniaux, CEO, Ulysse Nardin

Sadly the DIVER NET is not available to purchase (yet?), but if you’d like more information please visit https://www.ulysse-nardin.com

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