Watches for a good cause – Join Montredo as we Explore Watches you can Buy with a Clear Conscience!

By Montredo in Lifestyle
February 7, 2020
Watches for a good cause – Join Montredo as we Explore Watches you can Buy with a Clear Conscience!

Let’s not kid ourselves: wristwatches, especially mechanical ones, are a luxury. Every cell phone today serves the purpose of specifying the time, and most watch functions are available on a 10 Euro Casio. To put so much money on the table for something so redundant may make some people feel guilty, but here we present ways to assuage that guilt. Many manufacturers offer watches for a good cause in their range, the purchase of which can support humanitarian projects, ecological causes and more. Buying a watch is twice as fun when you can do it with a clear conscience!

Oris Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition

Oris Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition
18 Karat Gold for a good cause ©monochrome

The protection of water as the foundation of human existence is of great importance to Oris. In order to make its own contribution, Oris regularly releases limited models that draw attention to certain water protection projects, supporting them financially with proceeds from the sales. A limited edition Aquis, in collaboration with the Lake Baikal Foundation, and the third edition of the Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition are excellent examples of Oris’ commitment.

With the Oris Carysfort Reef Gold Limited Edition (Ref. 0179877546185) a further model has been added to the series of watches for a good cause. With the purchase of the watch, limited to 50 pieces, you can actively support the Coral Restoration Foundation in Florida. The Foundation is committed to rebuilding coral reefs. In addition to providing this good project financial support, the Carysfort Reef Limited also celebrates the successful cultivation of 30,000 corals in Carysfort Reef.

The Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition in 18 carat gold is limited to 50 pieces and costs € 17,200. More information is available on the manufacturer’s website.

TRIWA Humanium Metal

TRIWA Humanium Metal
TRIWA Humanium Metal Chrono  © TRIWA

The Swedish watch manufacturer TRIWA has declared war on the world’s weapons. In cooperation with the Swedish NGO IM, illegal weapons are taken out of countries plagued by violence and melted down, and watches are produced from the newly created material – TRIWA calls it Humanium Metal. 5,000 weapons have already been positively repurposed in this way. In addition, 15% of sales go to IM to support their work in the crisis countries – already $ 100,000 has been donated! The watches are even sold in the official United Nations (UN) shop in New York City.

TRIWA Humanium Metal
TRIWA Humanium Metal Classic  © TRIWA

If you want to support the fight against illegal weapons, you can reserve a watch from the next melting at the preferential price at Kickstarter (as of today). The TRIWA Humanium Metal watch is available in two basic versions: a classic three-hand in 34mm and 39mm and a Chrono, the design of which can be described as tidy Scandinavian. More information can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined

Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined
Chopard L.U.C. XPS Twist QF Fairmined © Chopard

Chopard wants to be an industry leader in the sustainable sourcing of precious metals. That is why, among other things, they have committed themselves to using only 100% ethically acceptable gold for their watches. To accomplish this, they must only use verified sources in obtaining their gold, sources that comply with international best practices as well as ecological and social standards.

The L.U.C. XPS proudly proclaims its adherence to this ideal by bearing the acknowledged Fairmined seal. The Fairmined seal guarantees compliance with the standards set by the Alliance for Responsible Mining for artisanal and small mining organizations. For certification, those organizations must act in an economically, technologically and ecologically responsible manner, which in turn facilitates access to fair markets, a bonus which benefits both the mining companies and their communities.

Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined back
The caseback gives a clear view of the L.U.C 96.09-L caliber © Chopard

The L.U.C. XPS TWIST GF FAIRMINED certified chronometer (Ref .: 161945-5001) has a galvanized dial inspired by gold nuggets and is limited to 250 pieces. The watch was also recognized by the Fondation Qualité Fleurier, guaranteeing not only exceptional quality but also 100% manufacture in Switzerland (only 60% Swiss manufacturing is required to obtain the “Swiss Made” label). The price is 18,900 €, and more information can be found here.

Blancpain Ocean Commitment

Blancpain Ocean Commitment
The third edition of the Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment © Blancpain

In 1953 Blancpain created the first modern diving watch: the Fifty Fathoms, and since then their special connection to the world’s oceans has only grown stronger. Blancpain supports expeditions and ocean preservation projects under the aegis of Blancpain Ocean Commitment, and in 2014, a first series of limited edition Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) watches was launched.

Blancpain Ocean Commitment
The caseback reveals individual numbering within the limited edition ©Blancpain

Because of the series’ continued success, Blancpain has now launched the third edition of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment. Customers can actively participate in the preservation of the oceans with their BOC purchases, since Blancpain will donate € 1,000 for every piece sold. The current edition, the Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III, comes in the usual Fifty Fathoms style, which has changed little since the first model from 1953. The blue dial alludes to the oceans, and the BOC logo at 6 O’clock proclaims the watch’s connection with this good cause. The 40mm diameter, which Blancpain only uses for these models, is a unique selling point of the Ocean Commitment.

Nomos Ärzte ohne Grenzen (Doctors without Borders)

A special edition of Tangomat to support Doctors Without Borders © Nomos

The Glashütte watch manufacturer Nomos supports the organization Doctors without Borders with a special Tangomat model. The Nobel Prize-winning organization was founded in 1971 by twelve doctors in Paris, and brings medical aid to people in around 70 countries where medical care is insufficient as a result of wars or other crises.

Nomos has already made over 8,000 watches for Doctors without Borders. Building on this success, € 250 will be donated to the organization for each Tangomat special model purchased.

Ärzte ohne Grenzen inscription at the 6 o’clock position © Nomos

The special model has a red twelve on the dial, which is also the color of Doctors without Borders, and the inscription “Ärzte ohne Grenzen” is located under the six. Finally, an engraving on the back verifies the watch is limited to 250 pieces.

The caseback gives a clear view of the DUW 5001 in-house caliber © Nomos

The automatic caliber DUW 5001 ticks inside the watch with the reference 601.S13, and features a price of € 2,480.