wooden watches by jord
There’s nothing more timeless than a watch. These days, we’re always grasping for our phones to check the time, when it could be as simple as checking a beautiful and practical accessory on your wrist. Personally, I’m a watch person and don’t really switch watches ever - I find comfort in wearing the same pieces of jewelry every day. However, I did add a new watch to my collection recently - and it's a wooden watch - from the brand Jord. Keep reading to find out more about Jord and what I think about their wooden watches.
Like me, you’ve probably seen trendy wooden watches all over YouTube and Instagram. I first saw these watches in Sophie Shohet’s videos a year or two ago and thought they were really weird but intriguing. She’s a luxury YouTuber so I thought it was very unorthodox that she was so in love with gimmicky-seeming watches that are made out of wood. Jord watches is one of the biggest wooden watch brands and I follow quite a few people on Instagram who have gushed about their own Jord watches. Jord sent me a watch of my own and I’ve been wearing it on and off for many weeks now. I have the Hyde watch in ebony and iron - it’s a very dark brown, almost black in some lighting. It’s actually a men’s watch, but I quite like the look of chunky watches on my wrist. It adds a very powerful and commanding #bossgirl vibe to my every day look.
While I really adore the look of the watch - In terms of quality, I don't completely love it and don't necessarily think it's worth the hefty price tag for what I'd consider 'fashion jewelry'. The watch I have in particular is $219 which can be quite a lot if you're buying watches for the first time. Despite it being made out of wood, it feels a bit plasticky, and has a high-end price tag for something that isn't quite what I would consider luxury. Coming from the Philippines, lots of our souvenirs are trinkets made out of tropical wood, which is part of the reason I wanted a watch like this - it's almost homey! This watch in particular isn't exactly the price of a wooden souvenir from my homeland, so you may find yourself wondering if you spent your $200 wisely. That said, if you do want to splurge on it because you love the look or you want to give someone a nice present and this is something they would be into, I still recommend it because of its unique look!
If you want a Hyde watch of your own and you're picky about watch details (I'm more about aesthetics but know that more knowledgeable people care about materials and such), here they are:
MATERIALS & FINISH
100% natural, hand-finished woods
Metallic dial with contrasting accent
Sapphire crystal glass
Citizen Miyota quartz movement (GL30)
Deployment buckle with push button
DIMENSION & RATING
Case Width: 45mm
Case Thickness: 10.5mm
Lug Ends: 55mm
Band Length: 160mm
Band Thickness: 18mm
Movement is splash-proof (3 ATM)
Wood is treated to be splash-proof
I ordered the watch to be 17.5 cm long, which is actually quite roomy on my wrists (I probably measured myself wrong though, oops). It even fits Gerome's wrist, albeit tightly. You can order the watches to be engraved and sized for you if you want to make it extra-personalized, or you can take them to a watchmaker or jewelry store to have that all done in person. I really liked the storage box it came in since it was also a nice sturdy and beautiful wood, but I have to admit that I've just been keeping the watch in one of my catchall jewelry dishes along with my other jewelry bits and accessories. It's gotten a few very minute scratches but still looks pretty good for a few weeks of steady and not-very-careful wear (okay, I try to be careful, but I'm clumsy as hell).
Overall, I think the watch is gorgeous in a contemporary art kind of way - confusing in construction but still beautiful as art. I don't see myself amassing a huge collection like Sophie Shohet, but it is an interesting change from the shiny metal-based watches I usually am drawn too. Good watches are usually expensive, and this one is no exception. It's not the best watch ever and it may feel underwhelming when you feel it for the first time, but it's a very unique piece that will definitely be a conversation starter. If you know someone who has every kind of watch on the face of the earth, they probably still wouldn't already own this watch that literally comes from the earth (okay bad joke, all watches are made of earth-based materials, duh) so this would be a good gift for them. If you treat yourself to a Jord watch, let me know what you think about it in the comments! Thank you again to Jord for sending me the Hyde watch - I'll be wearing it for a long time!
I haven't been blogging a lot lately because of work and health and life, but a new year is coming up soon so hopefully I'll be able to do more on my blog (cue you saying shut up, Yna, you say that every 3 months and still aren't consistent ...sorry please don't hate me). If you do want to follow my adventures in getting my shit together and trying to be a real adult/person in the work force, check me out on social media! I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin' and you can even share this post on those platforms using the buttons below. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and don't forget to check your (Jord) watch every now and then to make time for yourself ;)