Friday, May 29, 2015

New Discovery: Watches Made of Wood!

Have you ever heard of a watch made out of wood? I hadn't until recently and I'm excited to share this discovery!!

This watch is made by a company called JORD located in St. Louis, Missouri. I'm always amazed when I see uniquely crafted items. I wonder about the point of inspiration. Who came up with the idea and how did they get people to jump on their bandwagon to make it happen?

I checked out their backstory and here are a few snippets from their website:

"Jord was derived from our desire for a timepiece that modeled our modern lifestyle. Sustainable, efficient, simple, and influenced by experiential living. Our style is guided by a deep appreciation for natural elements and modern design. Jord is a collective of artists, designers, and seasoned watchsmiths. Wood is not just a component of our watches, it is the main feature."

When I mentioned to my husband, Brad, I might have a chance to review a wood watch, he was totally on board and wanted to be a part of it. As a self proclaimed watch fanatic, he’s really great at taking them apart to literally see what makes them tick!

We chose the JORD Sully model in cherry and maple. (So cute!) The day it arrived, Brad met me in the driveway wearing it! I guess he couldn’t help himself. :)

Once I had a chance to get settled in, I saw that he had repackaged everything so I would have the fun of opening it up for myself too. I was so glad he did that when I saw how special the packaging is!

I LOVE finding a surprise in the presentation of a product. I like to think it's an indication of how proud a craftsperson or company is…so cool! I have to say the simplicity of the wooden "J" dangle made me really happy. :)

The Twitter hashtag card was also a great touch! Use their hashtag #JORDWATCH on your tweet or instagram pics and you'll end up in their photo gallery. 

What Brad and I both appreciated is the fact this particular watch looked great on both of us, especially since the current women’s style is all about making a statement! 

We thought about doing a version of “who wore it best,” but then decided it would be fun to get a couple pictures of the star of the post and also share a few other faves below.

After recovering from all the excitement of something new, we sat down and had an actual conversation about the quality and feel of it. It’s amazingly soft on the skin and lightweight. For me, I find the watch face pretty spectacular. It’s shiny, bright and colorful! The turquoise version struck me in the same way.

Imagining how each piece of the watch is individually crafted from wood is kind of mind-blowing. Brad was also impressed with the accuracy of the movement and the ease of the closure.

I’m still torn between what wins out, the beauty or the craftsmanship.

I’ll leave that up to you!

Here's a link to the entire online catalog of men's and women’s watches.

Thanks to JORD for the opportunity to learn about something so cool!

Coming soon...a complementary bracelet! Beads are out and the weekend is here, Yay!