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A watch is so much more than just an accessory that shows time. And for design aficionados who may be looking for something a bit more unexpected than traditional gold and diamond wristwear, a wood watch is a no-brainer. Wood timepieces have actually become quite popular in recent years thanks to the rise of sustainability. As a renewable resource, wood is a lot more eco-friendly than precious metals.
Wood is also hypoallergenic which makes a skin reaction less likely. Certain metal watches can weight quite a lot making them a bit cumbersome. Wood, on the other hand, is extremely light so you can don your wood watch all day long.
Finally, wood is a natural material that comes in so many different types, which means that every timepiece crafted from it would be entirely unique and one-of-a-kind.
Here, we rounded up some of the most beautiful and striking wood watch designs that you can shop right now.
Mistura Infinite Swiss Movement Watch
The goal of Colombian brand Mistura is “to create timepieces full of design, sustainable innovation, and craftsmanship.”
And this cool unisex watch proves that they have succeeded. Medellin-based artist Raya Negra designed the symmetrical case that is crafted from pui wood. The watch runs via a Swish Ronda movement, has a genuine leather strap, and weighs only 2 oz.
To buy: $499, mistura.com
Holzkern Alfama Women’s Watch
Inspired by the winding streets of the Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon, this watch blends two natural materials—walnut wood and Tiger’s Eye gemstone that beautifully match in color.
The dial is crafted from silky Tiger’s eye and is enclosed in a brushed stainless steel case while the adjustable bracelet sports walnut wood links. The timepiece has a quartz movement.
To buy: $299, holzkern.com
Holzkern Vertex Midi Men’s Watch
If you have been in the French Alps, you have probably visited the popular glass room perched at the end of a cliff called “Step Into The Void.” This striking timepiece was inspired by the gorgeous vista that opens before your eyes once you step into the glass room.
Its dial is entirely crafted from sky blue Sodalite and is enclosed in a case made out of lightly hued applewood and grey stainless steel. This is an automatic watch and its Oyster bracelet is also adjustable.
To buy: $479, holzkern.com
Jord Dover II Bocote Watch
Bocote wood has beautiful eye-catching zebra-like patterns and swirls which make is the perfect material for a statement accessory such as this vintage-inspired timepiece. Here, the polished Bocote wood grain has been treated with a chemical solution for weather resistance and durability.
The case is reinforced with gunmetal steel and has a sapphire crystal back while the Skeleton dial features a concave gunmetal ring and brushed aluminum hands. The watch offers 42 hours of power reserve and has a 21 Jewel Citizen Miyota 8N24 movement.
To buy: $495, woodwatches.com
Jord Cora Polaris Women’s Watch
Ladies, this watch is inspired by nature’s beauty and the proof is in the materials and the design.
Swarovski crystals adorn the stunning turquoise dial and while their place may at first seem random they actually imitate the position of the seven stars of the Little Dipper constellation. The case dons eye-catching zebrawood that has been pre-treated with tung oils. The adjustable bracelet is made from zebrawood and gold-tone polished metal links.
To buy: $350, woodwatches.com
Original Grain Alterra Chrono 44 mm Watch
This stylish handmade timepiece features accents from the rarest and most expensive wood in the world—African blackwood—known for its sturdiness and beautiful dark hues.
The black metal dial sports a wood inlay and it also shows the date. It is enclosed in a metal-and-wood case with sapphire crystal glass. The watch runs via a Miyota 6S21 quartz movement.
To buy: $429, originalgrain.com
TruWood Voyager Napoleon Watch
This watch is part of Tru Wood’s new Voyager collection which was not only created with travelers in mind (and “as a reminder to discover and achieve the unattainable”) but the company has also sourced the wood for its timepieces from salvaged boats that have traversed the oceans.
This one in particular features beautiful red sandalwood accents on the dial, case, and bracelet that will not go unnoticed. It has a Japanese quartz movement and is extremely light so you can wear it all day long.
To buy: $299, truwood.com
Ovi Watch Zelus Men’s Watch
Talk about a work of art! This stunning timepiece is made from natural walnut wood and features an engraved Mandala pattern on its dial. Elements from the design can also be spotted on the dark brown leather strap which has been burnished, dyed and waxed by hand.
The watch has a Swiss quartz movement and weighs less than an ounce.
To buy: $178, oviwatch.com
Ovi Watch Almon Women’s Watch
A beautiful design sometimes means simplicity.
The brownish-red hue of this watch’s dial, that is actually natural African Padauk wood, is absolutely stunning. The matching red leather strap perfectly complements the minimal design.
To buy: $178, oviwatch.com