Bernard Werk, Watch Journalist who Started Watch Brand GYRE for a Good Cause

Next week will see the dispatch of another Kickstarter brand called Gyre. We’ve seen a considerable amount of activities like this over the most recent five years, however this one vows to be completely unique. Its organizer is Bernard Werk, a man whom I’ve known for over fifteen years, a man who (back in the days) allowed me to compose for his magazine. Bernard is a seasoned watch writer and the proprietor of Watching, the most established watch distribution in The Netherlands. With Gyre he intends to bring issues to light for sea contamination while fund-raising for its tidy up too. I addressed Bernard about his new thought and how that transformed into a three-year snag course presently at long last approaching completion with the dispatch of the Gyre SeaCleaner.

Frank Geelen, MONOCHROME – I’ve known you for some time, however never as the author of a watch company. What enlivened you to do this?

Bernard Werk, author of Gyre – Well, on the grounds that there is simply such a lot of plastic gliding around in the seas. I heard Dutch innovator Boyan Slat talk about these plastic islands in the Great Pacific. Obviously they’re pretty much as large as France, Spain and Germany combined. He established the company The Ocean Cleanup and we needed to work with the plastic they escaped the sea. So the main thought was quite straight-forward: simply gather the plastic, press it into alliances, slash them into little cuts and make watch cases out of that. Indeed, welcome to the genuine world.

Obviously, it wasn’t that easy.

No. The plastic has disintegrated vigorously affected by the sun and the pungent seawater, debilitating the material. So we needed to search for different materials that would serve a similar reason. What’s more, that wasn’t elusive. A ton of spots on Earth are flooded with exhausted fishing nets and creatures are passing on in them. So as opposed to utilizing the ‘plastic soup’ we chose to make keeps an eye out of fishing nets.

How does that work?

The fishing nets are gathered in the seas and on sea shores by nearby activities. These are prepared in grind, which will be supported with fiber so it can deal with temperature varieties much better. We needed the material to be extremely unbending and intense. Take for example a G-Shock; when you press your fingernail into the surface, you will see it. Since they work with an internal case, that was never an issue. However, I needed to work with a case, without an extra inward case, to house the development, dial, and so forth What’s more, I needed this watch to be a viable games watch that must be water-impervious to 100 meters. Subsequently the support of the material utilized for the case. Or then again take for example the Nato lash, that is produced using reused plastic bottles!

What is your objective with this whole project?

We principally simply need individuals to begin discussing this reason. You’re not going to address the plastic soup with a watch case gauging 7 grams. Yet, a watch can be an extraordinary friendly exchange. Also, we fund-raise; 5% of the income goes to The Ocean Cleanup.

The company name is Gyre. Where does the name come from?

A gyre is a twisting, or vortex. Such a major spin. Also, that is the place where the plastic gathers in the sea so we felt it was the suitable name for our image. Evidently there are five huge gyres in the seas and there’s just soooo much plastic get-together in these gyres. When the plastic is adequate for us to utilize, we will do precisely that.

Did you do everything by yourself?

Not truly. I work intimately for certain individuals in the media world, and at any rate as significant, I got some assistance from individuals in the watch world who have been of instrumental assistance. What’s more, there was another person, from a totally extraordinary industry; this individual is Serge Cosenza, who is an architect at Renault. He did this as a private task and he has a ton of good thoughts. We additionally got some assistance from individuals in the Swiss watch industry to help us locate a solid accomplice for the creation and quality control of the watches.

How did that coordinated effort come about?

Some years prior, I was seated close to a Renault fashioner at the Red Dot Design Awards. He revealed to me he had a partner who had made his own watch. I put away his contact subtleties and chose to get in touch with him about this project. Cosenza promptly began drawing the main representations and the watch came to fruition rapidly. He truly made what I had as a top priority, and he just launched it all.

The case helps me a piece to remember 1970s watches as a result of the case shape and the crown at four o’clock, yet it is altogether too little and slight for that. Could you disclose to us a few specs about the watch?

It is an energetic watch, not a jumper. It has a 42mm plastic case, with a steel caseback however no steel inward case. It’s 100m waterproof, has a sapphire glass and a Japanese sun oriented fueled development by Seiko-Epson. This is the quartz type vs42a, which has a recurrence of 32,768 Hz. It shows the time and date. This development was a conspicuous decision since it runs on environmentally friendly power. The watch will be collected in The Netherlands and its cost is EUR 289.

Last question: when will the Gyre SeaCleaner be launched?

The crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter will begin on 5 May. The Super Early Bird cost is €189, Early Bird €199. Along these lines, for the time being, individuals can enlist and they will get a sign (err… an email) when the mission is begun the fifth of May.


Closing musings: indeed, that’s truly reasonable compared to the watches we as a rule cover here on MONOCHROME! I’m going to purchase two of these watches; one for myself and one for my five-year-old child. I’m previously anticipating wearing it as a dad child thing for sports exercises and occasions. If it’s not too much trouble, visit the Kickstarter page to help this task .