Make Time for Trees

Maple. Ebony. Red Wing Celtis. These types of wood might sound like options for hardwood flooring or furniture, but we’ve got a different application on our minds: Wristwatches.

WeWOOD uses reclaimed wood to makes its link-band watches. They’re surprisingly comfortable – the wood links feel light and smooth against your skin. The warmth of the wood material provides an interesting design twist. Nearly all the wristwatches we see are silver, gold or some kind of synthetic material. The unexpectedness of natural wood,
with its distinctive colors and grains, makes these organic timekeepers stand out in a crowd.

Each WeWOOD watch is hypoallergenic and free of any toxic chemicals. The bands measure 8 inches long, and you can get a custom fit by removing links. Plus the Miyota-movement timepieces are water resistant, so you can wear one in the rain (but not in the shower). Best of all, the founders of WeWOOD, Emma Bogren and Daniele Guidi, are committed to using sustainable materials and supporting ecosystem restoration projects. For every watch purchased, one tree is planted.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Sha

    Hi Daily Grommet fans. I'm Sha and I'm with you today to answer any questions you have about our eco-chic WeWOOD watches. A WeWOOD watch will become a perfect mate, as natural and kind as the wrist that carries it. It is completely absent of artificial or toxic material. It is a distinguished timepiece that tells a story that becomes yours to share. We would love for you to become a woodista with us today.

  • Kate
    5/9/2011 12:24 PM

    These are gorgeous. If you are going to wear a watch nowadays it should be something that looks this good.

  • Jenna
    5/9/2011 12:37 PM

    These are amazing! I love all of them- especially the digital. I love that a tree is planted with every piece sold. Companies like these definitely deserve to be showcased.

  • Sha
    Sha – Special Guest
    5/9/2011 12:51 PM

    Thank you so much! We work daily to provide something that is both beautiful and sustainable! The digital (Chrono) is very popular, but the Date is a great classic look! Happy looking!

  • Bettie Infante
    Bettie Infante
    5/9/2011 1:04 PM

    Why does the back of the watch say "Made in China"?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/9/2011 1:30 PM

    @Bettie Infante: They are made in China. We have included this information along with other detailed information on the details tab that can be found below a feature's video.

  • Sha
    Sha – Special Guest
    5/9/2011 2:14 PM

    @Bettie Infante: So Betty, we decided to manufacture in China so that we could provide Italian design, high quality materials and continue to plant a tree for each watch sold without having to charge quadruple the current retail price of 119.00. Thank you for your question!!

  • Sha
    Sha – Special Guest
    5/9/2011 1:33 PM

    By custom law you have to mark all products by its country of manufacture. They are assembled in China.

  • Anne
    5/9/2011 2:06 PM

    @Sha Granville:

    I was totally impressed by these watches until I saw they're made in China. It is hardly environmentally responsible to waste all that fuel shipping things to and from China, when there are thousands of unemployed people in the U.S. who would jump at the chance to have ANY job! I guess that greed isn't confined to the big corporations, for I can think of no logical reason for them to be assembled in China, other than to make an extra buck or two per sale.

  • Sha
    Sha – Special Guest
    5/9/2011 2:16 PM

    @Anne: we decided to manufacture in China so that we could provide Italian design, high quality materials and continue to plant a tree for each watch sold without having to charge quadruple the current retail price of 119.00. Thank you for your question!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/9/2011 3:28 PM

    @Anne: Thank you for your feedback. It's valuable to understand what you like and don't like about the products we feature. From what we've experienced at Daily Grommet there are different reasons why a smaller company turns to foreign manufacturing and we've found it not to be greed or a lack of desire to keep jobs local. We as well love to showcase those companies who ARE able to keep jobs local and have a large selection of Made in the USA products. These watches are simply stunning. We have gotten to know the people at WeWOOD and they are a good group.

  • Dan Weinreb
    Dan Weinreb
    5/11/2011 9:30 AM

    @Anne: The shipping cost for something like this is teensy. They are very lightweight and the quantities are not enormous (no offense intended to anyone). If one fewer television were shipped, that would easily cover the cost of a vast number of these watches.

    About work, if there were thousands of people in the USA willing to take ANY job at the salaries that Chinese people get, then nobody would be outsourcing anything. Protectionist policies have serious drawbacks.

    If you want to see things made in the USA rather than China, it would make more sense for you to try to influence the root causes of the issue than to focus on one product like these watches. Look at Walmart, who drive their suppliers to cut costs down to the bone; if nothing is done about things like that, then globalized production will not go away.

  • Larry
    5/9/2011 6:43 PM

    Has anyone considered that we [USA] cannot continue to manufacture and trade in imperial units while the rest of the global economy uses SI?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/10/2011 1:06 AM

    @Larry: That is an interesting question. I remember being taught metric units in school as part of an imminent transition to using the metric system. However, I believe it was the cost of this transition that stopped its progress. In our current economic climate I can't imagine being able to fund the transition.

  • Ruth
    5/10/2011 3:11 PM

    These pieces are beautiful. Would make a lovely gift for my woodworking husband but for two hangups. One, if you wash your hands often (as we all should), it seems that the water exposure will very quickly ruin the wood's finish and beauty... unless you take it off every time. And two, there's a reason the made-in-China question keeps surfacing. These days we're desperately looking for products made in the USA. I see your explanation as to why it's more important to support China, but it doesn't fly with US consumers.

  • Dan Weinreb
    Dan Weinreb
    5/11/2011 9:32 AM

    Could you tell us more about exactly what we're seeing on the face of the CRONO? It's digital time in the upper right; what's the "ST 0" in the lower-left? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/11/2011 9:56 AM

    @Dan Weinreb: That will be a date field. It will display two alpha characters for the day of the week and then numeric values such as 2-4 for the date.

  • renee
    5/15/2011 8:08 PM

    My friend has a wooden watch that he received as a gift. He absolutely loves it but it is too large. He has been unsuccessful in finding a means to have it resized. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/15/2011 11:19 PM

    @renee: The WeWOOD watches have links that can be removed to make them smaller. If he has a different type of wooden watch there may be a different method for resizing.

  • Molly
    5/26/2011 11:01 AM

    I was considering getting one for my husband until I saw they are made in China. That is extremely disappointing and I will definitely not be purchasing one. I would pay at least twice as much for one made in the US.

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