Make Time for These 7 Luxury Watches Made With Sustainable and Ethical Materials

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Jake Gyllenhaal for Cartier | Courtesy

It’s always the right time for the best in sustainable and ethical luxury watches. These are some of the best eco timepieces on the market.

If there’s one thing we could all use more of, it’s time, right? We can’t give you that, but we can help you make the most of your time by keeping better track of it.

These watches tick all the boxes; they’re masterful timepieces that bridge the old and the new—artisan craftsmanship along with sustainable materials and novel tech.

But the biggest perk? Well, that may just be keeping you from checking your smartphone to get the time. Take a break from the doom scrolling and spend your time enjoying the world around you.

1. Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition

This Panerai watch is not only luxurious but has some incredible sustainable features as well, which landed it in the Ethos 100 most sustainable luxury products of 2021 list.

The timeliness design of this Mike Horn limited edition watch is crafted from Ecotitanium while the light strong bracelet is made of recycled plastic. The company is also a member of the Responsible Jewelry Council—a leading organization for ethical and sustainable standards within the jewelry industry.

2. Chopard Happy Sport Oval Automatic

This stunning two-tone watch from Chopard is crafted with 18-karat rose gold and stainless steel and adorned with full-cut diamonds.

Chopard is leading the way in responsible sourcing for the jewelry industry and is a member of the Responsible Jewelry Council. The company uses ethical manufacturing and sustainable packaging throughout the product line. It is also committed to using renewable energy in factories and office buildings and is actively working to reduce its emissions.

3. Tiffany & Co Atlas Watch

This gorgeously crafted timepiece by Tiffany & Co was inspired by the clean Roman numerals on the clock above the entrance of the Tiffany Fifth Avenue flagship store. The Atlas watch collection combines graphic clarity with functional elegance with a stainless steel body set with refined diamonds.

Tiffany & Co is committed to responsibly sourcing diamonds across all its products and uses ethical manufacturing for its pieces. All the packaging has a minimum of 50 percent recycled materials. The company is also actively working toward net-zero emissions.

4. Van Cleef & Arpels Cadenas Watch

The design and craftsmanship are just exquisite. Its distinctive design features an angled dial enabling the time to be read discretely, while the straight lines of its case combine harmoniously with the curves of the clasp.

Van Cleef & Arpels is committed to both responsible sourcing of its diamonds, gems, and metals and ethical manufacturing. The company is actively reducing its emissions throughout the company and supply chain and supports circular efforts within the jewelry industry.

5. Chopard Alpine Eagle Watch

Another one of our Ethos 100 most sustainable luxury products of 2021, the Chopard Alpine Eagle is a stunning timepiece you’ll never want to take off.

A reinterpretation of the Karl-Friedrich Scheufele St Moritz 1980 design, this watch embraces the alps and the eagles of the region. It’s crafted from an exclusive, ultra-resistant, light-reflecting metal named Lucent Steel A223 – and ethical 18-carat rose gold set with diamonds, it beats to the rhythm of a Chronometer-certified movement.

The design is specifically positioned toward “contemporary eagles”—those who “act on the challenges of tomorrow and are innately aware of the importance of environmental issues.”

6. Cartier Tank Française Watch

The Cartier Tank is a classic timepiece. The Française’s steel case is set with 26 conflict-free diamonds, silvered dial, sapphire crystal, and a steel bracelet.

Aside from being regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious jewelry brands, Cartier is also a leader in sustainability. Cartier is a founding brand in the Watch and Jewelry Initiative 2030 alongside Kering. It’s the first initiative of its kind in the watch industry that supports the UN’s 2017 Sustainable Development Goals. Focus includes taking steps to reduce the impacts of climate change, particularly in regions affected by poverty.

7. Rolex Men’s Stainless Steel Datejust Jubilee With Green Diamond Dial

The King of luxury watches, Rolex is also taking big strides for the planet. In 2019, it launched the Perpetual Planet initiative and works with National Geographic to collect climate data. It also partnered with Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue initiative, aimed at protecting oceans. The company helped raise nearly $2 million in 2018 to bring clean water to more than 130,000 people. And it continues to detail its efforts for the planet on its Rolex.org website.

Macy’s sells pre-owned Rolexes. This stunning stainless steel watch features an emerald green diamond dial with a sapphire aftermarket crystal. Gold fluted, water-resistant and runs by hand or wrist movement, this timepiece will make you stop and notice the time in the best possible ways.

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