Best women’s wood watch

best womens woodwatch

Watches that are made from timber are the latest eco-friendly fashion trend to hit the market. Recently, a lot of companies that focus on making wood watches have started to produce some amazing watches at affordable prices. We have tested and reviewed a number of amazing woodwatches in order to get access to the best value wood watch that you can buy today. 

In our review we have looked at: Build Quality, Price, Availability, Popularity and Reliability. All these factors go into making a great product for the average consumer. 

Introducing the worlds best woodwatch for women, made by Jord. 

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We tested and reviewed a number of amazing watches and we found the best watch made from wood exclusively for women. This watch has it all, value for money, style, design and popularity are among the best aspects of this wooden timepiece.  Jord has created a beautiful watch that is adored by many. 

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This beautiful timepiece lets you find elegance in it’s ultra slim wooden case, showcasing a quality movement made in Switzerland.. The Frankie line of wood watches from Jord have a simple yet elegant face, giving you focus, and the streamlined shape of the watch gives you a unique style. Jord has produced this amazing wood watch that will give you a lot of attention. 

Frankie watch features

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Hardended sapphire crystal glass
  • Reviewed as “best-in-class” women’s wood watch
  • Stainless steel automatic clasp with push buttons
  • Swiss-made movement

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By Simon Barnett, is an avid woodwatch producer and collector. Simon has over 37 types of woodwatches and loves coming to work every day because he gets to produce amazing timepieces.

Best womens wood watches

It’s that time again, we’re reviewing more wooden watches which are made from timber, and this time we are looking at the best wooden watches for women. While Wood watches have become the latest eco-trend to hit the market, most of the time wood watches are designed for the larger male wrists. We have chosen to take a good look at watches designed exclusively for women.

We have tried and tested many different types of watches designed for women, and we are sharing our findings. All watches have been independently tested and voted on by our esteemed panel of women. If you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to comment.

 

1) Frankie Series Plumb

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After hours of tribulations and testing, we have found the best women’s wood watch. We believe value for money, style and design are encapsulated in this brilliant timepiece. Jord have created a brilliant watch which is adored by many, based on a minimal yet elegant design, the plumb wood watch in the Frankie series is a synchronized canvas of moments.

This watch lets you find elegance with ease in the ultra slim case powered by a Swiss movement and enjoy the comfort of the straight line strap. The Frankie series of watches showcase an uncomplicated face, allowing focus, and the streamlined shape offers a unique style. You will get a lot of attention with this amazing wood watch from Jord.

Frankie Plumb wood women’s watch features

  • Best in class women’s wood watch
  • Sapphire crystal glass
  • Automatic deployment clasp with push buttons
  • Swiss movement

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2) WeWood Mimosa

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The next on our list is WeWood’s new Mimosa wood range, this watch has been designed especially for the ladies, and is the perfect fit for smaller wrists, which is why its one of our favourite.

The brilliant Mimosa wood watch is the smallest, and most feminine watch produced by WeWood, it has a simple yet elegant design hand crafted from Tasmanian Blackwood. You will be sure to attract lots of attention while wearing this beautiful watch.

Mimosa wood watches are incredibly warm and lightweight – the watch is very strong and durable, yet it weighs next to nothing. We absolutely love this watch and believe this is one of the best on our list.

WeWood Mimosa wood watch features

  • 100% Natural Wood
  • Colours: Mimosa Nut, Mimosa Chocolate
  • Hypo-allergenic 
  • Miyota movement
  • Hardened, scratch-proof mineral glass
  • Silver watch details

3) WeWOOD Date Flower Beige Women’s Watch

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The new Date Beige timepiece from WeWood has been voted one of the top wood watches for Women. This is the watch that kickstarted a number of wood watch ventures and is WeWood’s most popular style of watch.

My partner purchased one of these over 3 years ago, since then she has worn it all over the world, and she is still wearing it today! Features of the Date wood watch from WeWood include a contemporary bold, clear design, making this watch not only perfect for women but men as well.

The watch has been made from 100% natural wood, and is free of any artificial and toxic materials. Making this one of the top watch by WeWood, it is more lightweight and comfortable than any watch you’ll ever wear. Even on cold mornings this watch is it’s warm as soon as you put it on.

WeWood Date Beige wood watch features

  • 100% Natural Wood
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Hardened, scratch-proof mineral glass
  • Free of toxic chemicals
  • Stainless Steel movement from Myota

4) Dreamy Watch Cycle CC0104 

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Welcome to the Dreamy Wood Watch entry in this watch review. This watch is a beautifully designed mechanical watch. The Cycle CC0104 is a beautiful integration of metal and wood.

When you wear this amazing watch, you will feel the harmony of mechanical engineering embedded in the heart of this watch. Every piece of these watches are installed and tested by skilled watch craftsman. This amazing watch could not be passed up when creating this of list, we have found that Dreamy Wood Watches are seriously underrated for their value, beauty and skilful engineering.

5) Tree Hut Classic

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Tree Hut have done it again with their Classic watch made from bamboo. This timepiece is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement, with the strap is made of genuine leather. This is one of the cheaper watches in our selection but it is a great example of quality at a great price.

The Tree Hut story is really inspiring. We also really like the cause they are supporting and their environmental focus. We have been playing around with their Classic watch for some time and look forward to seeing their latest styles. You cannot pass up a Tree Hut Classic Women’s Wood Watch.

Tree Hut’s Classic Women’s Wood Watch features

  • Japanese Quartz movement
  • Strap made from genuine leather
  • Minimalist Design
  • 3 ATM Water Resistant
  • Durable & Long Lasting

6) Tense Women’s Mini Summit

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Tense has gone with a design to create that perfect image you are going for. To do this you will need something that complements your unique yet classy aura. If a regular watch just doesn’t seem to do the trick then perhaps a  watch from Tense will do exactly what you are looking after.

The crowns and the push-button clasps are made from high quality stainless steel. The face of this watch are a bold square with rounded corners. Standing out in a stark contrast with the bracelet. Furthermore, each minute is also clearly indicated by a small dash on the watch.

Classy and elegant at the first glance, and yet original and unique upon second glance. This watch has been crafted in their Summit model, using dark Sandalwood to make a bold statement. The grain patterns are subtle yet visible throughout the dark colour. This watch is hypoallergenic not only beautiful and durable.

Tense Dark solid wood watch features

  • Three eye wood bracelet wrist watch
  • Water resistant
  • Very light weight
  • Solid sandalwood case
  • Stainless Steel movement from Myota

7) Tense Women’s Northwest Watch

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Tense had made this all wood watch from wood from the Northwest Territories in Canada, this watch comes in many colours from light and dark variances. Displaying beautiful numbers, this watch is natural, elegant, unique and will age beautifully the more you wear it. This watch is really light, and makes wearing this watch very comfortable.

Tense make all their best wood watches by master craftsman, all their bracelets are hypo-allergenic and are made so metal will not touch the skin. Every watch made by Tense is unique and one of a kind, this is because wood is an organic material that is never the same.
The watch bracelet can be adjusted using two small screwdrivers to modify the links in the bracelet, or you could take the watch to the nearest watch or jewellery shop. Taking care of this wood watch is very similar to other wood products. The watch comes in a classy box, with a watch pillow and warranty registration information.

Tense Dark Sandalwood watch features

  • Water resistant
  • 24 month warranty
  • Made from wood from northwest Canada
  • Bracelet style strap
  • Natural wood face with numerals 1-12

 

A few places you can buy wood watches

Amazon  | Etsy | WoodMafia

The best wood watch for men

Cocuzzi Number 05 Watch

Jewellery made from wood or timber is the latest trend to hit the market. Over the past few years, a lot of watchmakers that specialise in making the best wood watches have started up. We have tested and evaluated a lot of wood watches over the years in order to find the best wood watch money can buy.

After years of searching, we believe that we have found top watch that has been hand crafted from wood. Made by Cocuzzi, their watches are a celebration of beauty, contemporary art and functionality. After five minutes with this watch, you will fall for the stunning beauty of this hand crafted wood watch made by Cocuzzi. Their watches are characterised by the designer’s immaculate eye for detail, even the watchstrap and clasp are made from wood. The wood undertakes a number of processes making it durable and 100% water proof.

Cocuzzi #5 Watch main features

  • All parts are Swiss Made
  • Outer Case: Solid wood with an internal brass case
  • Swiss Movement: ETA 251.272
  • Bezel: Solid wood over the top of brass support
  • Hands: Screw chrome
  • Face: Sapphire Crystal
  • Counters: Inlayed in wood
  • Index: Stick with pins

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By Simon Barnett, an avid wood watch creator and collector. Simon has over 37 types of wood watches.

The worlds most expensive watches

Every year we take a look at the most expensive watches money can buy. Not only do we have several new incredibly expensive watches, we also have a new #1 which is valued at $55 million. Most of the watches are one of a kind and owned by the richest people in the world. Starting with sub-$1Milllion pieces, we will work our way up to the world’s most expensive watch.

 

 

How to choose the right jewellery when you have a metal allergy

People, who suffer allergic skin reactions to metal, have a real challenge when it comes to finding jewellery they can wear. In a cost-saving measure, a lot of jewellery manufacturers are adding cheap metal alloys that lead sensitive skin to have adverse reactions. When you know which metals you’re allergic to and which ones are hypoallergenic you can look for the kinds of jewellery and accessories that you can wear without worry.

 

 

What Happens With a Metal Allergy?

People with metal allergies get contact dermatitis or rashes when their skin comes in contact with certain metals. This frequently happens when they wear jewellery because it touches the skin for long periods of time when being worn. Some people trace their allergic reactions to metal way back to their childhood, while others somehow develop the allergy in later years. Piercings often trigger an allergic reaction because an open wound is being exposed to metal. When you have a metal allergy it isn’t going to go away, but it can certainly get worse with repeated exposure.

Metals That Commonly Cause Allergies

Many people are allergic to nickel so a piece of jewellery that contains nickel will often irritate the skin. What makes it worse, is that nickel can be dissolved in water to form salts. Therefore, when someone wears a watch, bracelet or ring containing nickel and they perspire or wash their hands, the salts will cause a painful and/or itchy skin reaction. The same reaction can occur when perfumes, lotions and soaps are being used on sensitive skin, given enough moisture. In addition to nickel, cobalt and copper are also prone to causing allergic skin reactions.

Metal Alloys in Jewellery

Oftentimes people will have skin reactions when wearing gold and/or silver, and so they just assume they’re allergic to these metals. But the truth is that these metals very rarely cause reactions. What is happening is more likely that these individuals are reacting to the metal alloys contained in their gold and/or silver jewellery pieces. The alloys have probably been added in an effort to make the metal harder, more durable and less expensive.

When you have gold and silver pieces that are low karat, it’s highly likely they’ve been mixed with copper and nickel, which many people are allergic to. Copper is often used in making brass jewellery, leading many people to think they’re allergic to brass.

Symptoms Associated with Metal Allergies

The main symptom that shows up on the skin is something called contact dermatitis, meaning it’s a skin reaction from coming in contact with the metal. The reaction usually appears within 24 hours of being in contact with the metal and will be in the same area, but can certainly spread and affect other areas of the body. Once the metal is removed the symptoms will go away.

These allergic skin reactions can range in degree of severity, from mild to serious and they make people more prone to infections. In a mild case the skin will itch and become reddish and swollen. In severe cases, the skin will become dry, cracks will for, and even painful blisters.

Why Do Certain Types of Jewellery Cause People to have Allergic Reactions?

A lot of jewellery being made today contains trace amounts of metal alloys usually nickel. This is especially common when it’s inexpensive. Very often jewellery that’s plated has nickel beneath the metal seen on the top. Jewellery made of leather can also cause allergic reactions. The reason for this is that in tanning the leather metal is used, which leaves traces behind on the leather. Even these tiny amounts can cause someone to have an allergic reaction when leather is used on or as a piece of jewellery.

Jewellery often does not come with a label listing its contents, however consumers can test their jewellery with an at-home metal-testing kit. These kits come with a solution that you can drop onto a fresh cotton ball, then rubbed onto the jewellery. When a certain metal is detected the solution on the cotton ball will change colour. These testing kits will not damage the jewellery and are very useful in helping people identify jewellery and/or accessories that might cause them to have an allergic reaction.

Hypoallergenic Jewellery

Jewellery designers today have advanced technology at their disposal, which has allowed them to make beautiful jewellery pieces from hypoallergenic materials. Certain materials can give the shiny appearance of being made of precious metals, while other hypoallergenic materials can offer bright vivid colours that look amazing on jewellery and accessories.

One jewellery material that you can be sure is hypoallergenic is wood or timber, in fact there are some beautiful hypoallergenic watches made of wood and you will never need to worry about having an allergic reaction while wearing any of these watches.

Fine Jewelry Made of Hypoallergenic Materials

People love receiving fine jewellery as a gift, and love wearing it on formal occasions. Many people even collect fine jewellery as a matter of pride in having something of monetary and sentimental value to leave their children. Here is a list of hypoallergenic materials often used in fine jewellery in creating beautiful pieces adorned with diamonds and/or other gemstones:

14-Karat Gold and Up

For gold jewellery to be hypoallergenic it must be at least 14-karat gold. If you buy anything lower, it will most likely contain allergens like nickel and other metal alloys. Do not buy rose gold, or gold of any other colour, because it will probably contain copper and/or other metals that could cause an allergic skin reaction.

Palladium

If you were interested in buying jewellery made of white gold, it would be better to instead buy pieces made of palladium. Palladium has a silvery white look to it, almost like platinum, but it is less expensive. Very often there is nickel and rhodium in white gold, but when Palladium alloys replace those, the piece is a lot less likely to cause allergic skin reactions like contact dermatitis.

Platinum

Jewellery made of platinum is a stunning silvery white colour with a lot of shine to it. Platinum is totally hypoallergenic in that it usually contains less than 10% metal alloys. It’s very pure and safe for people prone to metal allergies.

Argentium Sterling Silver

Traditional sterling silver is 92.5% silver plus 7.5% metal alloy, which is usually copper. Argentium is hypoallergenic and can be used instead of copper without compromising the gorgeous appearance and appeal of sterling silver. Argentium sterling silver is also tarnish resistant, which is a wonderful benefit for jewellery.

Hypoallergenic Jewellery for Men

Men are not as inclined as women to have metal allergies, however 6% of men do get contact dermatitis from metal jewellery and need to find alternatives. Men can choose jewellery and accessories made from the materials already listed, as well as from the following materials:

Titanium

Aside from being hypoallergenic, titanium is very durable. You will find that many rings for men are made of titanium because it has a number of beneficial properties. Titanium is highly resistant to corrosion, even from the chlorinated water in swimming pools, and from perspiration. Some jewellers substitute titanium alloys in gold jewellery instead of using nickel and/or other alloys.

Wood

You may be surprised to know that wood is being used on high-end watches to great acclaim. There are no two grains alike so a wooden watch is unique, quite beautiful and hypoallergenic as well. Because of their uniqueness, wooden watches often become a conversation piece, drawing attention and compliments among both men and women. You can find a wonderful assortment of hypoallergenic wooden watches.

High-tech Ceramic

You will find high-tech ceramic often used in men’s rings and watches. This is a synthetic material containing no metal, so it is naturally hypoallergenic and has the benefit of being very durable. Another advantage that high-tech ceramic has is that it is lightweight, which makes it very comfortable. It also comes in a variety of colours, which stay vivid and bright over time, never fading.

Tungsten

Tungsten is another metal that is naturally hypoallergenic and you will find this alloy in gold jewellery. Tungsten has a brushed-looking finish, which keeps it free from scratches.

Hypoallergenic Fashion or Costume Jewellery

Rubber & Plastic

Very often people assume that because fashion or costume jewellery is inexpensive that cheap materials are being used and these would cause allergic skin reactions. However, there is a lot of fashion jewellery on the market that is stylish and trendy and totally hypoallergenic. You can find cute bracelets made of rubber and plastic, which are perfect for casual outfits.

Wood

Wood is also a safe bet when you want to avoid having an allergic reaction to your jewellery, and is often preferred in choosing a watchband. Wooden watchbands are very popular these days, especially on watchbands. It looks beautiful and it feels cool when on your wrist. Because wood is naturally anti-bacterial, it doesn’t attract germs so you never need to worry about any bacteria building up on the watchband. Take a look at a wonderful assortment of hypoallergenic wooden watches.

Pleather

Necklace chains made of pleather won’t cause allergic skin reactions like real leather does. Pleather comes in a variety of colours and finishes and jewellery, including watchbands, made of pleather can nicely compliment any casual outfit.

Niobium

Niobium is a metal that has undergone certain electrical processes, making it hypoallergenic and it comes in a range of vibrant colours. This makes niobium ideal for artists and jewellery designers and you can find some gorgeous pieces of fashion or costume jewellery made with this metal. 

Hypoallergenic Handmade Jewellery

People who are into making handmade jewellery often have a hard time finding hypoallergenic materials for customers who are prone to metal allergies. Metal beads and earring hooks usually contain a lot of nickel and copper, which these customers would definitely react to. However, you can find plenty of beads made of clay, crystal, glass, plastic and wood. And you can also get earring hooks made of surgical steel or niobium, all of which are hypoallergenic.

Crafters who do macramé often make accessories, and even jewellery. People even wear crocheted and knitted jewellery, which of course would all be hypoallergenic. For those with just mild allergies, metal jewellery can often be coated with lacquer, which would prevent the piece from directly touching the skin. These lacquers are easy to apply and also add a nice sheen.

Conclusion

People with metal allergies can still find beautiful fine and fashion jewellery made from hypoallergenic materials that will not cause skin problems. There are quite a few alternatives that give a great appearance. When buying jewellery it is important that you find out first what the piece is made of to ensure that you will not have an allergic skin reaction. If the jewellery is made of metal you can certainly use a metal-testing kit if you have any doubts. Check out some tips on coping with your metal allergy.

If you do have an allergic reaction, remove the piece immediately and it goes without saying that you need to keep all jewellery clean just in case, in order to avoid having an infection if you do react to it. Hypoallergenic jewellery is always a good idea when deciding on a gift because you never know if someone has metal allergies. There are many different hypoallergenic metals to choose from, but don’t forget to check out other hypoallergenic materials as well when buying jewellery.  

Among the most popular choices today would be hypoallergenic wooden watches. These make wonderful gifts due to their uniqueness. They look stunning on both men and women and will usually attract attention. People love wooden watches once they see how different they are. You can’t miss with a wooden watch.

35 of the worlds most expensive watches

We have all been there, experiencing sticker shock. However, nothing has shocked us more while researching this article. In this series we will be making our way through 35 (or a whopping $164Million worth) of the world’s most expensive timepieces.

It’s suprising to know that we have found a number of brands which six-figure price tags are the norm. Starting with sub-$1Milllion pieces, we will work our way up to the world’s most expensive watch, which is in excess of $55Million. 

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Valerii Danevych: Retrograde Wooden

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Price : $196,000.00

Damecych has come from a long line of craftsmen, he has had no watchmaking training. After many years of studying the mechanical aspects of watches, he has crafted his first fully-functioning wooden watch. The pure wood watch mad from timber by Danevych took time to take shape, with each of his unique wood wristwatches showcasing beauty and the ultimate craftsmanship. Using truly exotic types of wood to create the fine details. Functionality has been the basic principal to the watch, he has used birch wood for strength and reliability. 

Rolex: Submariner

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Price : $234,000.00

The Submariner was not the first water-resistant watch, or even Rolex’s first water-resistant watches. Hans Wilsdorf who founded Rolex in the early 1900s, was focused on a simple point of difference:  making solid, accurate watches for the average person. In the early days his watches were affordable, sold in large numbers and did the job they were supposed to do. Rolex in the early days was the world’s reliable watch for the masses, and that’s what Wilsdorf provided.

The Rolex Submariner has come from a line of sports watches made by Rolex that have been designed for diving. These watches are known for their water and corrosion resistance. The Submariner was introduced in 1954 and has been considered “a classic among wristwatches” created by one of the worlds most recognised luxury brands.

Patek Philippe: Split Seconds (5370)

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Price : $260,000.00

The 5370 is an interesting synergy of innovation. It utilizes the calibre CH 29-535 PS that the brand released in 2009 with a manually wound column wheel horizontal clutch. Patek Philippe breathes new life into a watch that was released in the 1920’s. The beautiful 5370, showcases a split-seconds chronograph in a sleekly curving case and with a black dial. The 5370 by Patek Philippe watch is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful watches of 2015.

Greubel Forsey: Signature 1

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Price : $350,000.00

Introducing the Signature 1, this is the first watch in a new line made between Greubel Forsey and independent watchmakers. The Signature 1 is part of a project led by Didier J.G. Cretin.

Cretin has been a partner of Greubel Forsey for a long time. He has produced a manually wound three-hands watch, this also happens to be the first ever at Greubel Forsey. The Signature 1 is limited to only 33 pieces in gold, platinum, and steel.

Girard-Perregaux: Cat’s Eye Tourbillon

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Price : $500,000.00

The Cat’s Eye Tourbillion has been crafted by world renowned watchmaking firm Girard-Perregaux. The watches dial is hand built from mother of pearl, showcasing the watchmaker’s expertise in producing this brilliant watch. The watch also features more than 1,000 diamonds cased in white gold.  Completing this amazing timepiece, a unique rose-cut diamond has been placed on the crown of the watch.

Rolex: GMT Master II Men’s Diamond Ice

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Price : $500,000.00

This is the most expensive Rolex wristwatch to date. Brad Pitt and David Beckham are among the lucky few to own one of these beautiful watches. This unique watch showcases a white gold case and bracelet crusted with diamonds. The watches face has specked precious stones, the dial of the watch is diamond wave with dotted markers. The glass has been made from scratch resistant sapphire crystal. 

Piaget Limelight: Party Disco Ball

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Price : $540,000.00

The Party Disco Ball is made from a number of 18K white gold spheres. This watch is so unique that it is hard to tell the time if you are not wearing it, the dials blend with the watch’s hue making them hard to see from specific angles. This wristwatch is more of a household ornament than a watch.

Piaget Limelight have created a unique work that showcases true watch craftsmanship. This uniquely shaped watch is covered in diamonds, which are angled to reflect light in all directions just like a disco ball.

 

Cartier Masse: Secret Panther Decor

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Price : $600,000.00

Introducing the Secret Panther Décor by Cartier Masse, their most well-known watch.

The movement has been created to make the three-dimensional panther look as if is stalking prey. There is a panther prowling inside the bezel, set with a black mother-of-pearl dial.  To make this watch even more valuable, there is 633 diamonds encrusted around the bezel. Not only this, but the 18k white gold case is also covered in diamonds.

Chanel: J12 Haute Joaillerie

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Price : $700,000.00

The J12 Haute Joaillerie by Chanel is the result of the exceptional setting techniques performed in the workshops of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. This watch has a total of 5976 baguette diamonds, that have been used to decorate the face.

The dial, bracelet, and the indexes makes this watch unique because they have been crafted from high grade, scratch-proof ceramic, enhancing the vibrancy and allure of the diamonds. This watch comes in two colours, black and white. You can be assured that no expense has been spared when creating this elegant timepiece.

Audemars Pigue: Royal Oak Grande Complication

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Price : $741,000.00

Introducing the Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication from Audemars Pigue. This limited edition three piece timepiece comes in titanium and ceramic. Featuring the massive Movement (AP calibre) 2885, with split-seconds. The golden rotor has been finished to match the sleek grey titanium case. The Movement is 31.60mm wide and 8.55mm thick, requiring all that space which comprises a total of 648 parts.

This incredible piece of watchmaking is rated to 20 meter water resistance and comes on a black rubber strap with a titanium buckle – essentially making this an incredibly wearable grand complication.

The repeater’s hammers combine a mirror finish so fine that “a glance could scratch it” with bevelling on both the interior and exterior angles.

Genghis Khan: Ulysse Nardin Minute Repeater

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Price : $750,000.00

Introducing the Minute Repeater by Genghis Khan.

A clear example of true watch craftsmanship from the world renowned Swiss maker Ulysse Nardin. It is obvious to see this is a special piece as soon as you see the gorgeous hand-carved 18K rose gold figures depicted on the black onyx dial.

The Minute Repeater is defined by the novel tourbillon displayed at 6 o’clock that defies the effects of gravity on the movement. The stylish, highly-legible and partially open-worked onyx dial, features brilliant hands and graffiti background. The case is made of platinum while the strap is made from black alligator leather.

Vacheron Constantin: Kalla Lune

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Price : $800,000.00

Veering away from conventional watch construction, This Gold Ladies watch has fixed bezel set with 826 baguette-cut diamonds, 23 brilliant-cut diamonds, and one rose-cut diamond for the crown. (only) 170 of the diamonds cover the face of the dial, featuring the power reserve and moon phase indicators.

All the diamonds are set in 18k gold. Apart from the diamond gems, this piece also includes 22 rubies. Completing this beautiful watch is strap made of alligator leather.

Breguet: Marie Antoinette

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Price : $1,000,000.00

The Marie-Antoinette is a case watch designed by Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet. Said to have been fascinated by Breguet’s watches, Marie-Antoinette acquired over the years a number of his timepieces, notably a perpétuelle fitted with a self-winding mechanism. Work on the watch was begun in 1782 and completed by Breguet’s son in 1827, four years after Breguet’s death.

In 1783, a mysterious admirer of hers ordered from Breguet, as a gift for the Queen, a watch that was to be as spectacular as possible. When this watch was ordered, the instructions set that wherever possible, gold should replace metals and auxiliary mecha¬nisms should be as numerous and varied as possible. This piece is one of the most complicated yet admirable watches in existence.

Roger Dubuis: Excalibur Quatuor

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Price : $1,100,000.00

Roger Dubuis was founded by Carlos Dias and Roger Dubuis in Geneva. This watch has been made from Silicon to ensure this watch is uniquely low in weight and is durable, Silicon is half the weight of titanium, which is still half that of steel, yet 4 times harder.

Despite each piece taking over 2,400 hours to create and the amazing price tag, Roger Dubuis plans to create and other 35-40 more pieces each year. To prove this is not just a one off piece, Roger Dubuis has created a Limited Edition (188) technical model, in black DLC treated titanium.

Roger Dubuis has used many specialists who use advanced techniques to produce this case in a metallic crystal. The Quatuor has become much more than a talking piece, the first piece arrived on time and the owners of the three pieces in silicon collected them up in December 2013.

Greubel Forsey: Art Piece 1

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Price : $1,500,000.00

Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey of Greubel Forsey who are known for their innovative and stunning multi-tourbillon watches have created the beautiful Art Piece 1.

They joined forces with artist Willard Wigan, to craft the beautiful Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1. This unique piece has a 30 degree dual tourbillon, and showcases a microsculpture the owner can see through a magnifier on the crown.

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s: Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie

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Price : $1,500,000.00

Introducing the Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie, this amazing timepiece has been made by Jaeger-LeCoultre.

While crafting this beautiful watch, Jaeger‑LeCoultre completely redesigned the idea of the minute repeater. This timepiece has over 1472 parts and is one of the most complex watches ever made.

Patek Philippe: Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref 6002

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Price : $1,500,000.00

Patek Philippe has crafted this brilliant watch, the Sky Moon Tourbillon 6002. This timepiece is based on the original Sky Moon Tourbillon. It contains the same technicalities, what really makes this watch different from all other timepieces from Patek Philippe is the way the watch has been decorated with ornaments.

This watch has a repeater with two gongs and tourbillon. The main dial has the standard time, a perpetual calendar, and the moon phases. On the other side of the watch, there is another dial showing a map of the northern sky and stellar time, it even shows the angular progression and phases of the moon. This timepiece is possibly one of the most elegant watches you will ever see.

Vacheron Constatin: Tour de I’lle

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Price : $1,550,000.00

The Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile is one of my favorite watches.

The watch was released on Vacheron Constantin’s 250th anniversary in 2005 priced at $1.5 Million. The watch is a limited edition with only 7 produced in the world, being one of the most complicated double face watch. The Tour de l’Ile has a minute repeater, two timezones, perpetual calendar, sunset time, and a tourbillion device.

Patek Philippe: Reference 1563 Split-Second Chronograph

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Price : $1,572,789.00

The Reference 1563, Split-Second Chronograph was created in 1947 by Patek Philippe. This brilliant timepiece was sold in 1950, and is only one of three that are known to exist.

The design of this piece is based on the 1436, this watch comes in a waterproof screw-in case with a bi-compax chronograph. The difference between the 1436 and the 1563, is the added feature of the complicated mechanism, the split-seconds chronograph. This mechanism is one of the most complicated and difficult to assemble.

Blancpain Tourbillon: Diamants

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Price : $1,800,000.00

Introducing the beautiful Diamants made by Blancpain Tourbillion, this is one of the rarest timepieces you can get your hands on.

This watch has a total of 480 baguette-cut diamonds that decorate this hand crafted wristwatch. These precious stones cover the bracelet, bezel, and the case and are layered like a brick wall. The waterproof case and bracelet are crafted from white gold with the glass on the face being made with sapphire crystal.

Richard Mille: RM 56-01

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Price : $1,850,000.00

The RM 56-01 made by Richard Mille made its first appearance in 2013 at SIHH.

This amazing watch is not a surprise that it has been created by Richard Mille, they also make a watch more expensive than this. Making this timepiece even more special is its casing, which has been made entirely from sapphire. Some of the top watches are made from plated gold and glass, sapphire is ultimately unique and make it look like an old see-through MAC PC.

Richard Mille: Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire

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Price $2,000,000.00

Richard Mille does it again with the 56-03 Sapphire.

This watch is about two main innovations: first, the unprecedented use of sapphire to create transparent components and second, the cable and pulley system that suspends the movement from the sapphire case. The case, front bezel, case-band and back bezel are all produced from solid sapphire. The base plate of the watch has been finished in titanium which is a corrosion resistant and remarkably rigid alloy, enabling the gear train to function flawlessly.

A. Lange & Söhne: Grand Complication Timepiece

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Price : $2,100,000.00

One of the most complicated timepieces ever made is the Grand Complication Timepiece by A. Lange & Söhne.

This timepiece has 876 hand-wrought parts, seven complications and 14 functions, a function is anything that performs a task. There will only be six pieces available for sale. This watch has a 50mm diameter and over 20mm thick rose gold case with the movement being 40mm across. The grand Complication’s movement is a split-seconds chronograph with a foudroyant, or flying seconds at 6 o’clock, just to perform these tasks 248 components have been used.

Patek Philippe: Reference 3448

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Price : $2,338,219.00

Making its first appearance in 1962, the Reference 3448 made by Patek Philippe was the first automatic calendar wristwatch ever made.

Only 586 pieces of this watch was ever made, over a total span of 20 years and the majority of the production was cased in yellow gold. In 1981 Patek stopped producing the 3448 and replaced it with a slightly updated version, the 3450.

Patek Philippe: The Grandmaster Chime

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Price : $2,600,000.00

The Grandmaster Chime made by Patek Philippe & Co. The Grandmaster Chime is said to be the world’s most complicated watch. It is a wristwatch-format of absolutely unprecedented complexity.

The case of this piece has a diameter of 47 mm, it has four spring barrels and 20 complications, including a Grande and Petite Sonnerie, a minute repeater, an instantaneous perpetual calendar, a second time zone, an audible alarm and a date repeater that sounds the date on demand.

Cartier Secret: Phoenix

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Price : $2,700,000.00

Bold, brave, and totally out of the box, this fine piece from Cartier is just something that is hard to describe.

More than just a timepiece, the finely crafted phoenix conceals the dial, which makes the watch seem more like a bracelet. A total of 3,010 brilliant-cut diamonds are set in 18-karat rhodium-plated white gold. Precious emeralds act as the phoenix’s eyes.

Franck Muller: Aeternitas Mega 4

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Price : $2,700,000.00

The Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 is also considered as the most complicated wristwatch in the world.

Featuring 36 complications with more than 1,483 individual components. The Aeternitas Mega is the pinnacle in the art of watches in terms of complexity and complications. Every single piece of the 1,483 components, has been designed to give the watch an elegant design traditions of the old cadraturiers mechanisms.

Piaget Emperador: Temple

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Price : $3,500,000.00

The Piaget Emperador Temple timepiece was a specially commissioned watch. It is two watches built into a bracelet set with 481 brilliant-cut diamonds, 207 baguette-cut diamonds, and one emerald-cut diamond in this magnificent timepiece.

360 of the diamonds have been set in the bracelet and the rest of the diamonds have been placed on the bezel and dial. Making this watch even more unique is the secret watch which has been hidden underneath the first one. Open it up, and you will see 162 brilliant-cut diamonds and 11 baguette-cut diamonds in the inside.

Louis Moniet: Meteoris

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Price : $4,600,000.00

Including this watch in the list is technically cheating, the Louis Moinet Meteoris is actually a set of four tourbillon watches which are only sold as a set.

Each watch has dials made from materials that aren’t from this planet. This includes materials such as meteorite from Mars, the moon and an asteroid. When you purchase the Meteoris set, you will receive a planetarium that displays our solar system.

Hublot: Big Bang

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Price : $5,000,000.00

The one-of-a-kind Big Bang, is famously known as the watch Beyoncé gave to her husband Jay-Z, on his 43rd birthday.

This masculine timepiece took the expertise of 12 master cutters, 5 stone setters and over 14 months of labor to produce. Comprising 1,282 diamonds which have been carefully selected to form a design that mimics the concept of the Big Bang.

Patek Philippe: Caliber 89

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Price : $5,500,000.00

The Patek Philippe Calibre 89 is a timepiece fit for a King, it is a commemorative watch created in 1989, to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. This piece has more than thirty complications, weighs 1.1 kg, and has 24 hands and 1,728 components in total, including a thermometer and a star chart.

The Caliber 89 was the most complicated mechanical watch at its time of construction. The Calibre 89 was built as a four-piece series of pocket watches, only four pieces were ever made. Each unique piece was made in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum.

 

Patek Philippe: 1928 single button chronograph

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Price : $7,600,000.00

This is the only known surviving example of a single button chronograph in white gold from the house of Patek Philippe. Produced in 1928, the Single Button Chronograph Watch is made from 18 carat pure white gold and the dial of Philippe 1928 was designed with silver matte.

Patek Philippe: Supercomplication

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Price : $24,000,000.00

This famous watch is the product of the rivalry between two moguls to produce the most complicated timepiece ever made. Banker Henry Graves and automobile magnate James Ward Packard both share their interests in watch making. Commissioned in 1925 and was finally delivered in 1933 this watch is the result of both men’s desire for perfection. 

The $24 million price tag of Super Complication isn’t really a testament to its real value, but rather a testament to the appeal in fantasy of the unattainable and the unique. Some lucky fancier of fine timepieces has ultimate trophy in their collection. This is the world’s most famous watch, the Patek Philippe Super Complication.

Chopard: 210 karat

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Price : $26,000,000.00

Introducing the 210 Karat by Chopard, there is no public listing of the actual price of this item but it’s valued to be over $26 million.

Chopard is a Swiss-based luxury watch company founded in 1860. This timepiece is adorned with a 15-carat pink diamond, 12-carat blue diamond and an 11-carat white diamond. This watch also has 163 carats of white and yellow diamonds, bringing the total to 210 carats of diamonds. Technically this is a piece of jewellery before being a timepiece, this watch is more suited to royalty and princesses.

Graff Diamonds: Hallucination

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Price : $55,000,000.00

Graff Diamonds is a British jeweller based in London, their Hallucination watch is a sculptural masterpiece rather than a watch. This value of this unusual timepiece’s does not come from its age or complications, but the value comes from the rare multi-coloured diamonds which adorns this piece.

Topping off the list at the world most expensive watches is the Hallucination by Graff Diamonds. This watch is famous for its hand crafted jewels, featuring unprecedented kaleidoscope of over 110cts of extremely rare coloured diamonds. As far as we can tell, this multi-coloured diamond timepiece is the most valuable watch ever created.

Best Wood Watches for 2016

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Wood watches have become the latest eco-trend to hit the market. Over the years many watch companies have started to make wood watches from timber. I have tried and tested many different brands of wood watches, I am now sharing my review of woodwatches for 2016.

Some of the best watches in my selection may surprise you, from cheap and cheerful Chinese models, all the way to a watch that every moving part (apart from the spring) is made from wood! I hope you enjoy this review. If you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to comment.

 

 

10) Bewell: Red Sandal

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Priced from: $59.00
4 Stars based on 45 Customers

Bewell Red Sandal watch features

  • Outer Case: 100% All-Natural Wood
  • Case Diameter:45mm
  • Case Thickness: 13mm
  • Band Width: 25m
  • Band Length: 195mm with Adjustable Links
  • Clasp: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 67gram
  • Movement: Japanese Miyota Quartz

It was a hard decision to place Bewell on our review. Their watches incorporate great design at an affordable price. Bewell is more of a manufacturer in china than a watch brand. I’ve had Bewell watches in the office for some time, and enjoy their simplistic approach to wooden watches. Some of their watches lack the finer details, but the Red Sandal from Bewell is the best from their wide range of mass produced wooden watches. This is a great watch, it has been built well and has everything you need from a basic wooden watch. The only major problem with this watch is the cheaply made clasp.

9) Original Grain: The Barrel

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Priced from: $129.00
4 Stars based on 24 Customers

Origional Grain The Barrell watch features

  • Outer Case: Reclaimed American Oak Whiskey Barrel Wood
  • Movement: Japanese Miyota Quartz
  • Face: 47mm
  • Glass: Hardened Mineral Crystal Glass (Scratch Resistant)
  • Band: 24mm Stainless Steel Band with Exotic Wood Inlay

Introducing the Barrel from Original Grain, this watch had to go on our review. This is their first timepiece that is crafted from reclaimed whiskey barrel. The collection this watch is included in consists of a variety of exotic hardwoods built with inlaid stainless steel band and case. The Barrel is a unique watch that watch lovers will appreciate. This watch has the added benefit of a first of a kind Apple Watch adapter.

Now lovers of digital and analog technology can have a classic timepiece and the Apple Watch in one! The Barrel is a great timepiece for anyone after an affordable watch made from Wood. This watch is a beautiful balance of wood and metal. I find the style and quality of the watch to be average. For the price point of $129, you couldn’t expect the watch to be as precise as some of the top brands. Still, this is a very good watch for the price.

8) WeWood: Kappa Nut Rough

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Priced from: $179.00
4 Stars based on 55 Customers

WeWood Kappa Nut Rough watch features

  • Outer Case: 100% Natural Wood
  • Hypo-allergenic, completely free of toxic chemicals
  • Movement: Miyota Multi-function
  • Glass: Hardened, scratch-proof mineral
  • Band: 100% All-Natural Wood

Introducing all new Kappa Nut Natural, this is one of the best watches from WeWood that I have come across to date. WeWood is a well-known brand that designs their watches in Italy and supposedly makes them in Europe. Some sources have proven their watches are made in China, but we will leave that discussion for another day. The Kappa Nut Natural incorporates a Miyota movement which details the day of the week, hours of the day and the date. This watch is made from unfinished Walnut and ‘usually’ comes from Eastern Europe and Western Asia (we believe the latter).

This watch can come in a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown. This watch sometimes will have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. The Kappa Nut Rough is a beautifully designed watch that we could not pass up for this review. This watch is one of the newest wooden watches on the block, we didn’t give it a high ranking because we haven’t been able to fully test the reliability and quality. It feels well built, and has a decent weight. However, since the watch is so new, there is a lack of feedback on this watch from verified customers.

7) Jesús 4lonso: MX

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Priced from: $3,999.00
3 Stars based on 1 Customer

Elegant craftsmanship meets the digital age thanks to Mexican designer Jesús 4lonso and his wooden watches. Avoiding unnecessary functionality for his watches that are more like a sculpture than a wristwatch. These elusive timepieces are made by Jesús are very hard to come by. I have been trying to get hold of one of these pieces for a long time.

After many, many hours of research, I concur, these timepieces need to be in this review. Simply because they take it to the next level. Unfortunately I was unable to source anyone who had even touched one of these amazing timepieces. It may seem detrimental by listing a watch on this list that I couldn’t source or handle first-hand. However, I believe these time pieces are worth taking note of. I couldn’t put them high up the chart because no one I know has physically touched one, but they do have some very good reviews online.

6) Jord: Frankie Series

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Priced from: $179.00
5 Stars based on 16 Customers

Jord Frankie watch features

  • Movement: Quartz Swiss Ronda Normtech Caliber 763
  • Display: hours – minutes – seconds
  • Accuracy: -10/+20 seconds /mo
  • Battery: silver oxide No.364 (equiv)
  • Drive system: 2-pole stepping motor

The Frankie Series of watches from Jord is a prime example of a low-to mid priced wood watch that ticks most of the boxes in the best of watches made from wood. Needless to say, this watch will make the perfect gift for anyone. When receiving this watch, you will notice how luxurious the packaging and presentation is. The wooden box this watch came in is a work of art, with its quality pillow inside The Frankie Series Wooden Watch has to be our top pic from Jord.

This watch is incredibly unique, stylish, and a steal for the amount of craftsmanship, and quality this watch provides. I gave this watch a high ranking and included it in our review because I found this watch to be very well crafted, it received many complements and with such a reasonable price point. I believe this watch is one of the top examples of a wooden watch on the market. The only reason it was not higher in the chart, is because the competition gets very difficult from here in.

5) Nixon: Rotolog 35mm

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Priced from: $439.00
4.5 Stars based on 45 Customers

Nixon Rotolog watch features

  • Contemporary jewellery-like appearance with inlayed wood inspired by mid-century furniture and style
  • Direct drive quartz movement with rotating hour/minute discs and printed numbers and indices
  • Stainless steel top finish with etched Nixon logo and pusher-activated LED light
  • Tapered stainless steel 2-link bracelet with inlays of wood, bamboo or enamel and butterfly clasp

Nixon has been on the cutting edge of watch fashion since they began. Men for whatever reason have a fascination with wood and Nixon has taken to the charm of wood as well. The Rotolog is simple, contemporary and showcases the beauty of wood. The Rotolog is a brilliant example of a well-designed and beautifully made timepiece at the right price.

The only major downside of this watch is that it’s a hybrid of wood and metal. I couldn’t place this watch in our #1 spot for this reason. The Rotolog is the perfect balance of craftsmanship, quality and priced very reasonably too. Reviewing this watch felt like taking a step back in time, where quality and style of this watch is uncompromised.

4) Tense: Northwest Collection

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Priced from: $189.00
5 Stars based on 27 Customers

Tense Northwest watch features

  • Made by master Craftsman
  • Becomes better with age due to oils in skin
  • First multi-eyed wood watch in the world
  • Adjustable with small screwdriver
  • 2 year warranty from Tense

Tense is one of the better watch brands I have come across. Their craftsmanship is proven by the quality and mix of contemporary and sophisticated style. I am impressed with this watch, and for such an affordable price point, we are more than happy with the quality of this watch.

This is one of my favourite watches, although it may be one of the cheaper models on the market, I am proud to wear this watch alongside some of my US$1000+ wristwatches. I have personally owned one of these watches for some time. I did have an issue with it early on, I have found it to be built from high quality material and the craftsmanship is up there with some of the bigger brands.

3) Valerii Danevych: Retrograde Wooden

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Priced from: $196,000.00
5 Stars based on 1 Customer

Valerii Danevych Retrograde watch features

  • Outer Case Dimensions: 46mm wide and 18mm thick.
  • Outer Case Material: 100% Wood, hornbeam, apple, birch and bamboo
  • Movement: 36mm x 13mm
  • Number of parts: 188

This pure wood watch from Danevych took time to take shape. Damecych comes from a line of craftsmen, had no watchmaking training, but after many years of studying the mechanical aspects of watches, he has crafted his first fully-functioning wooden watch. Each of his unique wooden wristwatches showcase beauty and the ultimate craftsmanship. Using exotic flavours of wood to create the finer details. Functionality is the underlying principal to the design, he has used birch for strength and reliability.

Unfortunately I was unable to get my hands on this watch model. These watches are very elusive, and only the very elite are able to afford to get their hands on such and elegant timepiece. Fortunately I was able to find someone who’s had the pleasure of handling this timepiece. My review is based from first-hand experience of an independent reviewer, and many hours of digital research. Unfortunately I couldn’t give this watch the top spot. The limited availability, market and affordability has put this watch out of the reach from the general consumer.

2) Grovemade: Walnut

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Priced from $239.00
4.5 Stars based on 23 Customers

Grovemade Walnut watch features

  • Finish: Hand sanded and finished with vegetable-based oil
  • Movement: Miyota quartz 5Y26
  • Materials: Domestic Vegetable-Tanned Leather Strap, Stainless Steel
  • Diamensions: Thickness: 0.39″, Diameter: 1.58″,

The Grovemade Walnut Watch almost has no competition. This watch is crafted in either Oregon Claro Walnut or Eastern Hard rock Maple. This watches face has 12 windows displaying standard clock points, and coloured hands reveals the current hour and minute. This watch is built with a stainless steel core and vegetable tanned leather straps. I have fallen in love with this wooden watch and wish I could accept this as the number one watch, unfortunately there is always something else on the horizon.

1) Cocuzzi: Number 05

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Priced from: $3,500.00
5 Stars based on 3 Customers

Cocuzzi Number 05 watch features

  • Outer Case: Solid wood containing a second brass machined case
  • Movement: Swiss ETA 251.272
  • Number of parts: 61 excluding the movement
  • Bezel: Solid wood installed on a brass machined support
  • Face: Sapphire Crystal Bombè
  • Counters: Inlayed in wood
  • Index: Type stick with pins
  • Hands: Screw chrome
  • All parts are Swiss Made. Serial number engraved on the back in gold.

Now you have it, the number one wood watch today. The Calcuzzi watches are a celebration of beauty, contemporary art and functionality. I have fallen for Cocuzzi wooden watches. They are characterised by the Italian designer’s eye for detail. The watchstrap is made from wood that undergoes a series of treatments to make the watch strap durable and 100% water proof.

The strap is polished to bring out the grain and colour of the natural wood, making each watch individual and unique. Cocuzzi has proven to be the leading watch manufacture by making high quality watches. I am blown away by the quality and craftsmanship of these watches. Considering the watch has a price tag to go along with it. Upon first inspection of this watch, it was hard to put down. The Cocuzzi Number 5 is by far the leading wooden timepiece in my books.