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Watch It! The Best Wood Watches for 2015

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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

It was around long before us, but it’s always with us. It affects us every day, every minute until the moment we die. What is it? Time, of course. While time may be infinite, the ways we check it are not. We’ve gone from sundials to pocket watches and smartphones to see what hour it is. But there’s something so satisfying, so deeply embedded in the culture in fashion about looking at your wrist to check the time, there’s been a shift back to the good old wristwatch, but this time with an eco-twist.

Eluxe has picked  what we think are some of the best brands producing sustainable wooden watches, all of which would be perfect as gifts or as an investment piece for yourself.

Don’t you think it’s time your accessories got a bit more eco-friendly?

1. WeWood

WeWood was conceived by two eco-minded Italian entrepreneurs who decided to create wooden timepieces from mostly scrap-wood. Furthering the sustainability of this brand is the fact that they plant a tree is planted for every watch purchased.

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2. Jord Watches

American brand Jord makes some of the most luxurious sustainable wooden watches around. Their intricate, sophisticated designs employ top quality materials in a thoroughly eco-friendly manufacturing process. These watches are stylish enough for the wrists of CEOs and executives, and sustainable enough for activists and environmentalists.

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3. Cucuzzi Wood Watches

Cocuzzi’s watches are characterised by the Italian designer’s eye for detail. The strap is made of wooden pieces that go through a series of treatments used in the marine industry to make the watch durable and 100% water resistant. The wooden strap is finely polished to bring out the grain and colour of the natural wood, making each timepiece truly individual and unique.

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4. Nixon Wood Watches

Inspired by the sleek simplicity of mid-mod furniture and style, Nixon’s wood watches are made of sustainable timber or bamboo, set off with an enamel inlay and solid stainless butterfly clasp for a snug and secure fit to your wrist.

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5. Valerii Danevych

Unlike other wood watch brands, Ukrainian horologist Valerii Danevych does something very special: he makes wood watches with actual wooden movements. Each piece is truly a miniature work of art that just happens to track the passage of the day.

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6. Bewell Watch

Bewell’s speciality is the production of exquisite wristwatches that are hand crafted by skilled engineers. They make good use of wood plus high tech materials to produce a practical timepiece whose chunky, manly style is reminiscent of a Rolex Oyster–but far more sustainable!

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7. Tense Wood Watches

Tense was one of the first ever wood watch brands, and with dozens of different styles and woods to choose from, it’s no surprise they’re still one of the most popular ones.

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8. Jesús 4lonso

A wooden watch by maverick Mexican designer Jesús 4lonso is an elegant work of carpentry that combines with basic, sustainable wood with cutting edge digital technology, resulting in functional timepieces with a slick, minimalist style.

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9. Grovemade Watches

The Grovemade Wood Watch, designed in collaboration with Stefan Andrén, is timekeeping evolved. Designed from the ground up, these watches use premium American hardwoods to their fullest potential, so you can experience time more naturally.

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10. Studio Lebdev Stubus Watch

The Stubus watch is created by the Moscow-based design company Studio Lebedev. With its sustainable wood face and eco-leather band, it’s  lightweight, waterproof and integrates the finest technology with environmentalism.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Eleanor O'Neill
    Jun 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Love a post about an original product like this!

    My favourite? Aesthetically it has to be WeWood…WishICould!

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    Mario
    Sep 9, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I wanted to note is another brand that produces watches natural wood: WOODSTAR MILANO (http://woodstarwatches.com). An Italian brand that is becoming a symbol of excellence.

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      Chere
      Sep 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks Mario! Duly noted.

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    Marko
    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Great article – love wood watches because they’re so unique. i also agree that the WeWood watches are my top favourite, also Jord watches are very elegant, i would check this review as it was very informative for me http://whowooden.com/top-10-reviews/the-best-wooden-watches-2015-top-10-wooden-watches/

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    Timmy
    Oct 6, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I found one http://paulven.co.uk
    looks like british brand. I loved the idea of woody with leather strap!

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    Luke
    Jul 9, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Love the writeup and meeting other people who love sustainable wood products!

    Another great watch line that recently came out is Pintwood!

    They do both wood bow ties and wood watches and specialize in groomsmen gift packages!

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