Wooden Watches: The Perfect Fusion of Nature and Technology
by Pat Grenson, www.RussArmy.com
Before, the nearest a wrist watch could be to being “eco-friendly” is by having leather straps but the bezel and watch components remain metals. When you think of buying a wrist watch, you’ll most probably be considering the size, the color and the style. Will it be in silver or gold? Do you want diamond inlays? How about a leather strap? They could come in rainbow colors, as well as the more staid neutrals. Well, how about a wooden watch?
The Future Watches
Wooden watches have been around as early as the 70s but haven’t gone fashionable just yet. Fashion watches have evolved from the simple metals with basic functionality to exquisite designs with precious gems and stones added. More recently, watches have acquired multiple and more sophisticated functionalities as well. Now, your ordinary wrist watch can also serve as a timer, an alarm clock, a compass and a world clock. Designs have also gone haywire with bold colors and large concepts. And the future belongs to the wood watches.
Eco Friendly Wood Watches
Wooden watches are the most appropriate accessories of our time. With the earth’s resources fast depleting, its time that we go back to our roots, with the wood. Ecological campaigns are being held worldwide. Care for the mother earth! Care for the only home we have! Everyone must have done our share. We’ve turned out light during Earth Hours, started using recycle bags instead of disposable plastic bags, we’ve planted trees! But is that enough? The next gold watch that you’ll be buying could mean hours of toil from the miners to the watch makers. How much energy has been spent? Not nearly enough to cover the one hour that you’ve shutdown your PC. By buying wooden watches, you are also giving yourself a treat. No metal or plastic will be constantly in contact with your skin. Only natural, hypo-allergenic and breathing wood.
Woods, woods, woods
The major parts of the wooden watches are made of wood, from the straps to the bezel. The natural beauty of hardwoods like Red wing Celtis, Maple, Blackwood, Mahogany, Coffee Tree, Guaiaco, Indian Rosewood and Sandalwood shines through. Their natural grains, tones, shades and streaks are presented. Martin and Macarthur offers solid Koa Wood watches. They also have eye-catching two-tone combinations of dark, warm and light wood shades. The Hawaiian company takes pride in every watch that they produce. Prices starts at $329 and could go as high as $489.
Buy a Watch, Plant a Tree
WeWood Timepieces have taken a higher step in working with nature. Partnering with American Forest, a conservation organization, WeWood vowed to plant a tree for every watch sold. A relative newbie in the watch industry, the company opened in Florence, Italy in 2010 and branched to the US on the same year. They have already planted over five thousand trees since the start of the “Buy a Watch, We’ll Plant a Tree” campaign. WeWood offers 100% wood watches. Hues vary from the darkest Blackwood, the lightest Maplewood, the warmest Red Wing Celtis and even the grained greens of Guaiaco wood. Price ranges from $119 to $139.
Fashion Tense Watches
Tense Wooden Watches have the widest array of models, styles and sizes of watches. They also use the most number of woods to craft unique and impressive designs. This Canadian company showcases dark sandalwood, light maples and green sandalwood shades in watches. How’s that for unique! Their designs can vary from the conservative to the sporty and glam. They also offer statement pendant and pocket watches. Aside from the traditional, they also have multi-functional watches as well as digital. You can buy Tense Wooden Watches from a low $95 to $189.
Cost Watching and Other Worries
Though you can find more affordable wooden watches coming from China and Thailand, wooden watches are relatively more expensive than the ordinary watches. Plastic disposable watches can go as low as $20. Also, with the limited manufacturers, it might be a little tough to buy wooden watches, offline. Buying online gives convenience but buyers should be aware of shipping and handling costs that could still add up to the purchase price. It might also be a trifle tough fixing the watch, since authorized dealers and watch repairs centers aren’t that accessible. Wood watches are not water resistant, but most are splash resistant that is perfect for everyday use.
This is why wooden watch manufacturers give utmost importance to the quality of the watches they produce and sell. Every piece is handcrafted and no two watches are the same, given the unique grain of every piece of wood. Miyota of Citizen Watches provides the mechanism in most brands, assuring customers of its functionality. Every wooden watch is a commitment to better living. It’s about time to stop depleting our natural resources.
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