By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Wood watches were once a hippy/beach bum staple, adorning the wrists of surfers who actually didn’t really care what time it was. But lately, wooden accessories have become far more refined, often using Swiss watch makers for the mechanisms.
Wood watches come with another benefit: they are designed to handle a bit of light water contact. Sure, they may not be as water tight as diving watches, but they don’t die if they’re submerged in a shower every now and then. Upkeep is also easy – just wearing them on your wrist gives the wood some natural oils from those that are on your own body.
Best of all, the natural, neutral colours and grains of wood mean that wood watches go with just about any outfit, any time. Here’s our pick of the best wood timepieces for both men and women.
Oakmont Timepieces are made up of a 45 millimetre Bamboo dial, featuring Japanese Quartz movement. The design boasts being the original in a lineup of wooden watches whose quality is unrivalled, that comes in a full bamboo case with a leather strap for style and comfort.
Animal lovers will appreciate this rounded bamboo watch, whose face boasts a wooden engraving of that gentlest of forest creatures, the deer. It comes in a box made of 100% recycled and recyclable paper, also bearing the deer motif. Makes a lovely gift!
The Souarts bamboo wrist watch has a sleek look, featuring the only mark of quality amongst wooden watch enthusiasts. The main material is alloy, as the bamboo analog quartz face is gracefully paired with an vegan leather strap. The Nipponic minimalism of the brand acquires a cosmopolitan charm that is fit for men and women.
4. ZLYC Bamboo
A ZLYC watch, made from high quality natural Bamboo, is a perfect gift. The eco-friendly timepiece, with genuine leather strap, is made from a beautiful wood grain and the watch case is finished with with natural sandal oil. This unique design truly marks the next generation of watches.
Timepiece specialist Bewell presents a stupendous watch with Roman numerals. This is made out of natural black sandalwood, without any dye or varnish added, which means the band is super gentle for those with any skin allergies. Most importantly, Bewell is de facto for everyone, since the strap can be adjusted and disassembled to fit any size wrist.
This unisex wooden watch from Japan is the quintessential sustainable casual-chic timepiece that can even be worn at the gym or on the beach since it’s 100% waterproof! The bamboo is daintily matched with a strap made of genuine cowhide leather that’s both non-toxic and hypo-allergenic.
Made from nut wood, this analogue Mira watch by wood accessory specialists WeWood is truly arm candy! A best seller, this rectangular faced timepiece is popular with both men and women.
This clean, sleek watch isn’t just for patriotic Canadians – who wouldn’t want to wear Canada’s national tree on their wrist? Especially when this wood is both light and sustainable. The tan coloured leather band is a perfect match for the minimalistic honey toned face.
This stunning, elegant timepiece is the perfect combination of metal and wood. Classic and sophisticated, it’s truly an heirloom piece that makes a great gift, be it new, or passed down through the generations.
For those who really like to keep track of time, Meku presents their Calendar Watch. Featuring Japanese quartz technology, this timepiece is handmade from natural sandalwood and comes beautifully packaged in a reusable bamboo box.
Highly eco-friendly bamboo and black carbon comprise this unique timepiece. A sunken face and monochrome zigzag motif give this watch an artistic touch.
Ebony is far from sustainable, but Matoa make their watches from 100% reclaimed hardwood scraps, in addition to renewable woods like bamboo. The result is a collection of simply designed wood watches that come housed in the most gorgeous wooden boxes, also made from unwanted wood scraps. Upcycling at its finest!