Watch cases and wristbands are made of different materials, with treated 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 additionally common. What isn’t common is wood, which incidentally is perhaps the most pervasive structure materials on the planet. WoodWatch has constructed a whole watch company around this material and is enthusiastic about its extraordinary excellence and supportability. Three deep rooted companions dispatched the brand in 2013 as a side venture and it immediately developed into a full-time activity in the Netherlands. As of recently, their watch portfolio was controlled by quartz developments, yet that changed with the presentation of their restricted version WoodWatch Explorer. We should investigate the company’s first mechanical piece.
Both the case and arm band of the WoodWatch Explorer are primarily made of North American Walnut, which is esthetically extraordinary no doubt. WoodWatch isn’t the solitary 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 survey ) 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-incubated design that gives a visual punch, while a presentation caseback shows the programmed development. The sapphire covered precious stones, caseback and crown are the solitary 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 circumnavigating the external edge. Applied rectangular silver files mark the hours and match the silver theme of the development. The hour, moment and seconds hands are additionally silver, and keeping in mind that that works with the shading plan, decipherability endures a shot. Everything mixes together all in all too much. It’s a little complaint, be that as it may, as the general plan is first rate 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, however 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 hold. 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 arm band 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 pretty much as common as 20mm or 22mm, however 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-controlled watch, however the wooden craftsmanship and exceptional plan compensate for it. The watch comes with a one-year guarantee and can be bought at WoodWatch’s site .