Worth It: Tom Ford 004 Ocean Plastic Watch

The luxury timepiece was crafted completely from materials recovered from the ocean.

Tom Ford's New Ocean Plastic Watch
(Image credit: Tom Ford)

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As a devout watch collector, it's almost a surprise that Tom Ford's first foray into creating timepieces began only a few years ago, in the spring of 2018. The 001—a Swiss-made stainless steel watch—was the perfect accompaniment to his collections of smartly tailored suiting and cosmopolitan party pieces, and it spoke to Ford's built-to-last design ethos. But so much has changed since his first watch just four years ago. And with a global climate crisis, came Ford's growing commitment to sustainability in the fashion industry—where the designer held court as the former head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

You might say that Ford's launch of the TOM FORD Ocean Plastic Timepiece collection was his call to arms. The 002, launched in 2020, coincided with the ongoing Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize announcement—the first global competition solely focused on scaling design alternatives to thin-film plastic (of which a staggering 14 million metric tons sit on the ocean floor). Ford will name the innovation prize recipient in 2023.

Now in his third installment of the Ocean Plastic series, Ford introduces his N.004 Timepiece with a minimalist rectangular face (ideal for petite wrist sizes like mine) and an interchangeable monochrome braided strap. Its lightweight design makes it the perfect companion alongside breezy linens (it's also waterproof up to 30 meters of H2O), but it's substantial enough to stand up to colder weather's sweater-and-coat pairings. 

The watch and packaging are made from 100-percent ocean plastic, using approximately 35 bottles of plastic waste from the ocean's coastline and landfills. He notes that each new Ocean Plastic installment is a new pledge to his commitment to the cause. Besides, "ethical luxury is the greatest luxury of all," says Ford.

The N.004 comes in a chic semi-matte black or white. 

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Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director for Marie Claire, where she's worked alongside the publication for eight years in various roles, ensuring the brand's fashion content continues to inform, inspire, and shape the conversation about fashion's ever-evolving landscape. With a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara is responsible for overseeing a diverse fashion content mix, from emerging and legacy designer profiles to reported features on the influence of social media on style and seasonal and micro trends across the world's fashion epicenters in New York, Milan, and Paris. Before joining Marie Claire, Sara held fashion roles at Conde Nast's Lucky Magazine and Self Magazine and was a style and travel contributor to Equinox's Furthermore website. Over her decade of experience in the fashion industry, Sara has helped guide each brand's style point of view, working alongside veteran photographers and stylists to bring editorial and celebrity photo shoots to fruition from start to finish. Sara currently lives in New York City. When she's not penning about fashion or travel, she’s at the farmer’s market, on a run, working to perfect her roasted chicken recipe, or spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork