WeWood Jupiter Watch Review

WeWood Jupiter Watch Review

WeWood Jupiter Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Fourteen and counting. No, I'm not talking about the latest TLC channel show about another couple deprived of contraception, I'm talking about the number of compliments I have received on the WeWood Jupiter watch.

Founded in 2010, the young brand has already gained a little bit of notoriety having been featured in Marie Claire, and People Magazine in some accessory spreads. Not surprising, because WeWoods are attractive and eco-minded. Wooden watches have surprisingly become en vogue, most produced by a series of suppliers in China making them low-cost as well.

For every WeWood watch bought is a tree planted. But where and by whom?!). Well, upon its founding, the brand teamed up with American Forests, the nation's oldest nonprofit conservation organization. Together, WeWood and American Forests have planted over 12,000 trees so far. At least we get American trees.

WeWood Jupiter Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

One of four models in the collection, I chose the Jupiter to review. It reminds me of something you would see in the 70's; minimal lines coupled with a campy shade of green. The company website is clearly fashion-focused for the "responsible" city-dweller.

Clean and simple, that's generally what I go for in design. WeWood accomplished this in my opinion using a familiar design with a creative twist. I also like the option of choosing different styles of wood for the watch.. Who knows how it will age with time... but for now it is most definitely a conversation starter. And I mean that both in terms of style and whether the piece will attract termites.

WeWood Jupiter Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Most WeWood models come in a choice of seven different woods with their own unique coloring; guaiaco, mahogany, coffee, Indian rosewood, maple, red wing celtis and blackwood. More information on the types of wood below.

Subsequently, each type of wood has an explanation and history ranging from being used for musical instruments to being native to Tasmania. This Jupiter watch is in Guaiaco wood by the way.

The Guaiaco tree is native to South America and is used in pharmaceutical preparations of herbal teas. Apparently, it is known for its powerful healing properties for those suffering from pain including arthritis. Though, I feel the same as I did before I started wearing it- pessimistic and indifferent… I'll update you if things change. What is interesting is the wood bracelet - which is actually less shoddy feeling than it sounds.

WeWood Jupiter Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Inside this healing material on the Jupiter is a Miyota quartz movement. Some say it is nothing special. I say, it's a dependable functionality and for something like a WeWood, it seems style is more important than utility.

Style was important in my choice. The Jupiter model is significantly bigger in size than its counterparts in the collection - the Date, Odyssey and Moon - being 51mm wide and 12.75mm thick. Personally, I like the chunkier look - if you're going to wear something unique, take it all the way.

WeWood Jupiter Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

My choice surprised me because I prefer a strap on watches normally, but this being such a unique material, the bracelet suits me just fine. My only disappointment was that the pins in the bracelet links are not made of wood as well. However, this would likely not be practical or make the piece a lot more expensive.

At $139 USD, the WeWood Jupiter collection is extremely affordable and well worth the money if you are looking for something unique if you find a wood watch appealing. Though you will need to put up with the arguably silly "WeWood" brand name. Check out some of the other types of wood varieties WeWood offers in the Jupiter and its other watch models below:

WeWood Jupiter Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Woods:

Red Wing Celtis (BROWN): This tree is often used for flooring and WeWOOD uses the remnant pieces that would otherwise be destroyed.

Blackwood (BLACK): Blackwood is a hardwood native to Tasmania’s forests and is the perfect timber for delicate craftswork. It is easily worked, very stable and long lasting. Blackwood’s durable seed remains viable for decades, making this delicate timber easy to grow, ensuring sustainability.

Maple (BEIGE): The wood of this tree is often used in smoke houses and in culinary arts. It's also used to create many musical instruments like the violin and the guitar.

Guaiaco (ARMY): Guaiaco is a tree native to South America used in pharmaceutical preparations of herbal teas. This wood is known for its powerful healing properties for those suffering from pain, including people suffering from arthritis.

Mahogany (CARAMEL): This wood has excellent workability and is very durable. It is often used for musical instruments because it produces a very deep, warm tone compared to other commonly used woods.

The Coffe Tree (BLONDE): This tree grows quickly and is generally seen in parks and along city streets for ornamental purposes. When the branches are cut they are generally burned, but to avoid wasting the wood, WEWOOD  turns it into watches.

Indian Rosewood (CHOCOLATE): Indian Rosewood is very strong and heavy, takes an excellent polish, and is a suitable wood for the black pieces in chess sets and for billiard cues. Often streaked with hues of purple and red, each piece has its own unique color.

8 comments
J_A_G
J_A_G

Is there some reason people haven't been wearing wooden watches for centuries? I've been wearing my wood watch from woodman watches and I hope this is goodbye to metal bands forever.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Another line of wooden watches can be found here:

http://www.martinandmacarthur.com/koa/wood-watches/furnishings-and-accessories/personal-accessories/koa-wood-watches

 While the seller (Martin & McArther) is a noted Hawaiian wood working company, I hear that these are actually make in Canada (not Hawaii) not that it matters that much. Prices appear to range from $169 to $579.

I was talking to my koa box maker and his comment was, what happens if you get it wet? Wood swells, so wooden cases and bracelets would seem to be fair weather fashion statements (and not tool watches, ha ha).

CG
CG

Don't think I would ever admit to having a "WeWood", though I hear in China they are quite common!

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

I like the concept of a nice wooden housing and bracelet. As one who appreciate the nuances of fine wood it definitely has a place in the fashion end of the watch trade.

This format is obviously not designed for everyday wear;but I see it no different from the high-end artsy watches so often featured. Well, aside from the vast price difference.

Using the Miyota quartz motor is probably a good choice - proven dependable and low in cost. Frankly, micro-second accuracy and WR is not going to be a factor in this type of watch. It is first and foremost a fashion accessory for the "eco-minded" set.

In the review Mr. Adams had on his recent trip to the Hong Kong show, one of his photos featured a display of wooden watches - I wonder if this is some of what we are seeing here?

JHerforth
JHerforth

Why God?! Why do you allow people to make watches with wood?! Incidentally, I burn 1 tree for every wood watch sold. Why can't people just make an awesome watch and plant 12,000 trees rather than an abomination like this?

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

@MarkCarson Those M&M watches are quite nice looking.

And, with none of the, IMO, obnoxious 'tree-hugger' mentality attached.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Portions of this comment almost started to make sense. With a little more practice you'll be just fine.