Keeping track of time has always been a preoccupation of man. Sundials, hourglasses, clock towers, grandfather clocks, alarm clocks – all tools in man’s age-old quest to control time. Ever since the wrist watch was invented in the late 19th century, a large number of variations have appeared: watches adapted for the military, for underwater activities, for the peculiarities of outer space, for the blind etc. Of the most interesting ones, we bring to your attention the wood watch.
Inspired from the earlier pocket models, the wood watch very well serves those with sensitive skin, as it is hypoallergenic. Of course, the phrase “wood watch” does not always refer to a wristwatch made entirely of wood. There are those where even the stainless steel back of the center piece is covered with a wood flap, but there also those with only the strap made of wood and some combine wood with copper ornamentation for a more ‘vintage’ look.
From the point of view of fashion, wood watches are quite satisfying, as they are each hand made, the particularities of wood not allowing for line manufacturing. Perhaps unexpectedly, there are quite a number of colors available, ranging from dark ebony to light maple. In this way, each design is unique – furthermore, once one starts wearing it, the skin’s natural oils gradually blend in the wood, making it quite the personal item. Also, wood texture and color changes in time, becoming enriched and glamorous with age.
The benefits of wearing a wood watch every day include perceptible comfort due to its considerable lightness. Also, since wood is not subject to thermal variations in the same way that metal is, such a watch is quite durable. For people attuned with nature, a wood watch helps maintain and strengthen that connection, giving one a sense of being closer to the eternal power of mother earth.
As for the Eco-friendly component, there are indeed some manufacturers who pay increased attention to this aspect – the raw material comes from a sustainable forest where another tree is planted for each one used, the movement is automatic and does not require the use of batteries, and even shipping is done by sea rather than air – all leading to a much reduced carbon footprint.