Watch cases and wristbands are made of different materials, with hardened steel being the most common. More esteemed brands use variations of gold, platinum and other valuable metals, while titanium, carbon fiber, aluminum and a wide scope of plastics are likewise common. What isn’t common is wood, which incidentally is quite possibly the most universal structure materials on the planet. WoodWatch has constructed a whole watch company around this material and is enthusiastic about its interesting excellence and manageability. Three deep rooted companions dispatched the brand in 2013 as a side task and it immediately developed into a full-time activity in the Netherlands. As of recently, their watch portfolio was fueled by quartz developments, yet that changed with the presentation of their restricted version WoodWatch Explorer. How about we investigate the company’s first mechanical piece.
Both the case and arm band of the WoodWatch Explorer are on the whole made of North American Walnut, which is tastefully special no doubt. WoodWatch isn’t the lone brand to have wooden watches, there are many doing this however most come with a quartz development inside. Another Netherlands-based company named Lumbr ( see here for our audit ) gives competition in the field of wooden watches with mechanical content. The Explorer stands apart with its programmed development and skeletonized plan, and is a moment enticement. The 42mm case may be somewhat huge for a few, yet it’s both light on the wrist and comfortable. The bezel and case have an engraved cross-brought forth design that gives a visual punch, while a presentation caseback shows the programmed development. The sapphire covered gems, caseback and crown are the lone non-wooden outside components, other than the pins for the wristband. I would try not to get this piece wet if conceivable, however the case is water-impervious to 30m.
The open dial shows most of the development, with a dark hour ring surrounding the external border. Applied rectangular silver lists mark the hours and match the silver topic of the development. The hour, moment and seconds hands are likewise silver, and keeping in mind that that works with the shading plan, readability endures a shot. Everything mixes together all in all too much. It’s a little complaint, nonetheless, as the general plan is professional and out and out cool.
The heart of the Explorer is a Seagull TY2807 type, which is a skeletonized rendition of the Seagull ST16. It’s a Chinese development and commonly found in “retail chain” watches, yet that doesn’t make it awful. It has 21 gems, beats at 21,600vph (3Hz), has an Incabloc stun assurance framework and 36-hour power save. Capacities incorporate hours, minutes and focal seconds (hacking), and it very well may be physically wound. Seagull developments are really created on hardware from previous Swiss production Venus, which was procured by Tianjin Watch Factory in China in the 1960’s. I as of late audited the Mercer Lexington Chronograph with a Seagull ST1901 and it’s demonstrated to be precise and reliable.
The wooden wristband has a cross-incubated design like the case on the external connections, while the focal connections are smooth. It’s a 19mm wristband, which isn’t just about as common as 20mm or 22mm, yet it’s not something you’ll need to trade out as the case and arm band are a coordinating set.
The WoodWatch Explorer is a restricted first release of just 100 watches and retails for EUR 449. That may appear to be somewhat expensive for a Seagull-fueled watch, yet the wooden craftsmanship and interesting plan compensate for it. The watch comes with a one-year guarantee and can be bought at WoodWatch’s site .