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First things first, this watch came in at a momentous 43mm, which, if you’ve been with us for a little while now on this patch of the internet, you’ll know that I’m often in defence of the teeny tiny for all wrists. While there’s an obvious rebuttal amongst many for the opposite side of the spectrum, watches that are over 42mm are often deemed as larger-than-life models making their presence firmly known across our scaphoids. The jump from my customary 18mm Tudor watch to a 43mm model was quite the jump, like a Fiat 500 to a Maserati. Unexpected yet wholly inviting.
The arrival of the Spinnaker x Marine Conservation Society model prides itself on accompanying those on a diving adventure into the depths of the ocean; and while my own journey in sight would take me on an adventure of a different kind, a quest through the urban metropolis of Manhattan’s skyscrapers, the raison d’etre of this model, and the Spinnaker brand at large is to accompany its wearer while traversing and discovering the open expanses of the world.
Fair to say the great expanse of Fifth Avenue differs from roaming the Atlantic, but the intention of the Spinnaker remains the same, providing a robust ally to navigate the terrain of the unknown. A watch that assists from the beach to the boardroom (to bagel eating, in my case) this unique collaboration between Spinnaker and the Marine Conservation society offers a neat adieu to the insecure greenwashing waves that swathe the watch industry, in time with World Ocean Day. A tribute to the life and work of esteemed Marine biologist, Hans Hass, the model, offered in two colorways inspired by both natural and nautical themes, and in a limited run of 1000. Run – or rather swim – but don’t walk!
For a watch of noteworthy size and thickness, 16mm and proud, the Spinnaker watch, borne from a heritage of the Scuba age in the 1950s, paired with the modern eco-efficient technologies of today, Spinnaker’s outlook on craftsmanship – be it walking the sidewalk with the watch, or sailing the high seas, is the feeling ease, to glide and meander through whatever settings you find yourself.
While I was a stranger in this city, walking through the busied streets of New York, amongst a sea of nameless faces, each carving their own journey, the Spinnaker watch remained my constant. And it certainly scored a compliment or two! Retailing at $445, this novel Spinnaker model takes a deep dive into affordable, but luxurious sustainable watchmaking, proving that you can, in fact, look good and have a eco-conscious mindset too.